Ave Maria University
The Computer Science minor aims to establish an understanding of the timeless and fundamental principles underlying computing, while developing strong problem-solving, analytical-reasoning, and computational-thinking skills. The program is also designed to nurture an aptitude for creatively implementing elegant and efficient software systems. This program fosters the view of computing, including the mathematics associated with it, as part of God’s creation and the activity of composing programs and proofs as a creative expression for giving glory to God.
Careers: Programmer, Web Developer, Data Scientist, Business Professional
Computer science is the study of information processes—the study of how to describe, predict properties of, and efficiently implement information processes. These information processes are all around us from software that predicts patterns of weather to the navigation systems of aircraft to the software that interacts with the sensors embedded into common household devices/appliances.
—Evans. D. (2012). Introduction to Computing: Explorations in Language, Logic, and Machines. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Fast Fact: Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, B.V.M. was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
An Increased Capacity to Think and Reason – Our intellect is an aspect of the human person that naturally reflects the reality that we are made in the image of God. Computing is an intellectual amplifier. The study of computer science involves the mechanics of how to think, albeit think computationally. The ability to think computationally gives one access to explore, reason about, and understand the world and problems in it through a new lens. Thus, pairing a liberal arts major with a computer science minor will help students develop strong problem-solving, analytical-reasoning, and computational-thinking skills that are applicable to a variety of fields, including engineering, medicine, and law.
Fluency in Computer Programming – The natural extension of the development of computational-thinking skills is the ability to creatively design and implement software systems that realize the solutions conceived and refined through the computational-thinking process. Students will learn a host of pragmatic software development and engineering tools (e.g., programming languages) for practicing the profession of computing.
Access to Advances in the Arts and Sciences — Computing touches—and, in many cases, drives—nearly every important development in the arts, sciences, and engineering. Thus, competency in computing will give students a way to participate in and contribute to these new developments in the arts and sciences in a more meaningful and substantial way.
A New Paradigm to Conduct Science — While computer science is not a natural science like biology or chemistry—it is more of an abstract field like mathematics—, computer science offers a new paradigm (in addition to theory and experimentation) through which to conduct the observation essential to natural science. In other words, while not a natural science itself, computer science is a method for doing natural science. Thus, the study of computer science directly supports other STEM fields and programs (e.g., biochemistry, physics) at AMU.
Giving Glory to God — The activity of composing computer programs is a creative expression for giving glory to God. Moreover, computing is a phenomenon that occurs in nature (e.g., DNA) and, therefore, computing is part of God’s creation. An understanding of computation illuminates deep insights into the nature of the Creator, the properties of His creation, and the minds of His creatures.
Education: B.S., Computer Science, Villanova University; M.S., Computer Science, Virginia Tech; Ph.D., Computer Science, Virginia Tech
Office: Henkels 2048
Phone: (239) 304-7920
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