Computer Science program recognized

The undergraduate computer science degree program offered by the Department of Computer Science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission, part of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET).

“Gaining accreditation through ABET says something about the quality of the degree program and the department,” said Peter Cooper, chair of the Computer Science Program and director of the Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics.

CAC/ABET accreditation is awarded to engineering and technology degree programs which meet high standards in curriculum quality, faculty preparedness, assessment procedures and resource provision.

“We have a vibrant, exciting and innovative curriculum in our undergraduate degree program,” Cooper said. “Our new Information Assurance and Security track is part of the accredited program.

“Together with the more traditional information systems and scientific tracks, we can offer a degree program that is tailored to meet the needs of any aspiring computer professional.”

The accreditation will mean instant credibility for the program’s students as well.

“Students graduating from Sam Houston with a baccalaureate degree in computer science will have many more professional options open to them,” Cooper said.

The success of the program, Cooper said, is due to campus-wide effort.

“We are fortunate to have a superb support system in place on campus,” he said. “From the Mathematics Department who provide us with high quality support classes, to the dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Hebert, and the provost, Dr. Payne, who has given us the motivation, support and resources necessary to achieve this success, we have always known we had a high quality degree program.”

Cooper also had praise for the Computer Science faculty’s long-term dedication, direction and desire.

“Our professors have been recognized for their excellence in teaching, our research record is good and improving and our support for state law enforcement through our digital forensics work is beginning to be recognized,” he said.

ABET is an international organization dedicated to promoting and assuring quality in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Computer Science at SHSU provides a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

The department also offers graduate degree programs (master’s level) in Computer Information Systems, Digital Forensics and Information Assurance and Security.

More information about ABET and the benefits of accreditation, visit

For more information, see the department’s website at, the digital forensics website at or contact Cooper at

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