Information and Computer Science

Welcome! The Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree program prepares students for a broad range of computer opportunities in industry as well as in graduate studies. ICS students choose one or more specialty areas from among these four options: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Management, and Networking. Depending on their chosen specialty area, graduates of Park’s Information and Computer Science degree program are well prepared for these industry positions: Web programmer, applications programmer, information technology (IT) project manager, database analyst, network analyst. The program is an ideal fit for students who enjoy working with technology and wish to study in one of Park’s on-campus or online degree programs.

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Upon completion of the Information and Computer Science degree, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in producing technology solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of popular computer technologies, programming languages, and methodologies.
  • Identify appropriate information technologies for a given organizational context and explain how to incorporate such technologies into the given organizational context.
  • Communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally in a team environment.

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Program Competencies

  • Apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and use popular computer technologies in producing technology solutions.
  • Communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally in a team environment.
  • ICS/CS and ICS/SE students: Design and implement elegant programs that utilize data structures and operating systems concepts.
  • ICS/NT students: Demonstrate proficiency in use of popular computer networking and security technologies.
  • ICS/DM students: Design and implement elegant data management solutions.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems works with Park’s Career Development Center to help place undergraduate information and computer technology students in computer internship positions in Kansas City and beyond. The Department of CSIS actively encourages students to work in such internship positions and considers internships to be an integral part of the ICS curriculum.