Mission

The Department of Computer Science upholds and strengthens the mission of the University of Vermont towards the provision of innovation in research and scholarship, excellence in instruction, and public service to the citizens of the state, nation and world. The principal mission of the Department is to create and share knowledge relevant to the discipline of computer science. It seeks to:

  1. Provide innovative, relevant, interesting and academically sound courses with three foci — graduate degree programs, undergraduate degree programs, and service courses.
    1. The graduate programs are essential to the Department's responsibility to create and share innovative knowledge. Our graduate programs aim to teach students how to extend the frontiers of computer science knowledge, and the goal of our Ph.D. program is to provide students with the opportunity to become innovative scholars.
    2. At the undergraduate level, the Department provides both a B.A. program and a B.S. program, and the B.S. in Computer Science program hosts major concentrations in both Computer Science, and Computer Science and Information Systems. The undergraduate programs aim to (1) teach students how to use computers effectively, creatively, and intelligently; (2) teach computer science as a multifaceted, humanistic discipline; (3) teach the technical and scientific knowledge needed for the professional and academic goals of our students; and (4) teach students how to acquire new knowledge, independently, in a world that changes with ever increasing rapidity.
    3. With service courses, the Department feels responsible to provide each student at the University of Vermont with an opportunity to learn the basic concepts and practical skills of computer science. As computers become more ubiquitous in society, it is essential for every student to understand the capabilities and limitations of practical computers, and how to resolve the numerous ethical issues that involve computers and information.
  2. Encourage a strong interaction with related disciplines in business, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and the physical and biological sciences;
  3. Focus our graduate programs and maintain a strong presence internationally at the research frontier in Computer Science on a small number of research foci that depend on the strengths and interests of the graduate faculty.
    1. As computer science is a rapidly evolving discipline, innovative research including interdisciplinary scholarship that creates knowledge and extends the scope of computer science, is especially encouraged.
    2. Publications in computer science journals and conferences that share our research expertise, are strongly supported.
    3. Professional services and research funding that are useful for research including scholarship and publications and for knowledge sharing, are highly promoted.
  4. Provide a collegial and professional environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors that is conducive to learning, teaching, scholarship, research and service.

Last modified: May 21, 2003