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CIS faculty and students

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Department Chair: Tim DeClue, Ph.D.
Office: Taylor 104
Phone: (417) 328-1704


James Cain, Ph.D.
Tim DeClue, Ph.D.
Baochuan Lu, Ph. D.
Jeffrey Kimball, Ed. Spec.
Meilani Conley, M.S.

Faculty associates

Shelly Brown, MBA

Department of Computer & Information Sciences

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) is a dynamic, nationally-recognized and growing department.

The SBU CIS Department is a leading U.S. institution among evangelical Christian colleges in producing computing professionals and scientists. 

SBU CIS is home to five full-time faculty, two faculty associates and about 100 students majoring in computer science, computer information science, or web systems and design. The CIS Department also houses minors in Computer Science, Computer Information Science, and Information Assurance.

Home to the top competitive programming team in Missouri, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years, and accreditation through both ABET and ACBSP, the CIS Department has established itself as a national leader among CIS departments at Evangelical Christian universities in the U.S. The SBU Computer and Information Sciences faculty and students seek to honor God through the pursuit of academic excellence and leadership in the computing sciences at the national and international levels.

The SBU Advantage

  • SBU has received full accreditation through ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission. ABET is the most widely recognized accreditation standard for engineering and technology programs around the world. SBU's computer science program is the only accredited program at an evangelical institution within a 500 mile radius and one of just six accredited Christian programs nationally. SBU's CIS department is the only department at a Christian college in the nation to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP. (Read more)
  • In 2011, the SBU CIS Department’s curriculum in parallel and distributed processing was one of only 22 in the U.S. and only 33 in the world recognized by the NSF/IEEE’s Technical Committee on Parallel Processing for achieving Early Adopter status. 
  • In 2012, the SBU CIS Department was the recipient of grants from Google, NVidia, and SC12.
  • CIS Department graduates enjoy more than a 98% placement rate for the past 10 years and 100% placement for the last five years. The graduating class of 2012 achieved 100% placement in software development/engineering positions within two weeks of graduation.
  • SBU CIS graduates work at some of the best software engineering companies in world including Boeing, Garmin, Accenture, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, ConocoPhillips, Lockheed-Martin and Wal-Mart Information Systems Division.
  • Starting salaries for SBU CIS graduates currently fall into the $50,000-$65,000 range.

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The program educational objectives of the computer science, computer information science and web systems and design degree programs are designed to enable the ability of graduates to:

  1. Communicate effectively with their peers, clients, supervisors and other professional work constituents using both written and oral communication.
  2. Understand how to make rational decisions when faced with social, ethical, and legal issues inherent to the computing field.
  3. Apply the theoretical framework in the computer and information sciences to the analysis, design, and implementation of problem solutions and systems.
  4. Employ the use of computing technology from a Christian perspective as technological servant leaders within their chosen career.
  5. Pursue advanced degrees, continued professional development, and research

The 11 student outcomes for the SBU Computer Science degree, and which encompass the outcomes for computer science under ABET accreditation standards, are listed below:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  10. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity