May 12, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Computing

Dean: Richard Halterman

Faculty: Scot Anderson, John Beckett, Michael Dant, Tyson Hall, Timothy D. Korson, Robert Ordóñez

Program Coordinator: All programs, Richard Halterman

Mission Statement

The mission of Southern Adventist University’s School of Computing is to provide an exemplary Christian learning environment that enables students to become Christian computing professionals, who, in addition to being competent in their chosen profession, realize their responsibility to God, church, family, employer, colleagues, and society.

Majors in Computing

The rapidly expanding field of computing continues to demand an ever-increasing number of technically educated people. The type of computer education needed also continues to shift. Computer graduates this year will be taking jobs that were not even available when they entered college four years ago. Southern Adventist University offers several computer curricula designed to meet the needs of students desiring to enter the computing field but coming to the University with a wide-range of interests and abilities.

The B.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Science Concentration, is designed to prepare for a wide range of computing professions. Software engineers, software developers, systems analysts, programmer/analysts, network engineers, database administrators, and data specialists are among the professions held by computer scientists. The B.S. degree in Computer Science, Embedded Systems Concentration, is designed to prepare students for work in the exciting field of embedded systems. Embedded systems professionals are a type of computer engineer who deals with the use of computers which are embedded in other systems, such as automobiles, robots, PDAs, etc. Computer science professionals in both areas are distinguished by the high level of theoretical expertise and innovation they apply to complex problems and to the application of new technologies. 

The B.A. degree in Computer Science allows students to combine a computing degree with a minor or major in another academic area offering a B.A., for instance English, history, or music. This combination is useful in occupations such as teaching high school.

The B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems combines classes in computing and systems management with classes in accounting, economics, and business administration. With a few years experience graduates will be equipped to manage a data processing department in a hospital, business, or industry. The bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems, offered in conjunction with the School of Business and Management, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The B.S. in Computer Systems Administration is designed to prepare graduates who will administer the complex computer systems and networks now common in the business world. It requires a minimum of programming, mathematics, and business courses, while concentrating on the technical issues needed to administer and support modern network computing systems and software. 


Southern Adventist University has received specialized accreditation for the following computing programs:

The B.S. in Computer Science program (including both the Computer Science and Embedded Systems concentrations) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012-telephone: 410.347.7700.
The B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, KS.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Computing is required to graduate with a major offered by the School of Computing. Declaration as a major is not the equivalent of acceptance to the School of Computing. Minimum requirements for admission to the School of Computing are:

  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Complete general education: ENGL 101  and ENGL 102 .
  3. Completion of 6 hours of computer courses required in the major with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Earned overall GPA of 2.25 or better.
  5. Earned School of Computing GPA of 2.25 or better.

Students pursuing a major offered by the School of Computing should apply for admission at the end of the freshman year. Transfer students will be considered for admission after completing 6 hours of major courses in residence.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Admission to the School of Computing
  2. Overall GPA of 2.25
  3. School of Computing GPA 2.25

School of Computing Probation

If a student’s GPA falls below 2.25 in either the major or overall, the student will be placed on School of Computing probation. If the GPA does not improve to 2.25 by the end of one semester on probation, the student must repeat courses in an effort to increase the GPA. The faculty of the School of Computing must approve each probation student’s course load before the student may register.


In the last semester of the senior year all computing students will be required to take a written two-hour exam. The results of this exam are used by the School’s staff to evaluate class offerings as well as program requirements.

Internship Program

The School of Computing coordinates an internship program that encourages employers to utilize the skills of our students in exciting and productive ways and allows students to take advantage of the opportunities these employers provide. Currently the core of this effort is an innovative program called Meet the Firms, which includes job fair events and Preparing to Meet the Firms, a course that prepares students for finding jobs. Most of the internships are paid summer internships for which the student may also register to receive academic credit. 

Network Usage Policy at Southern Adventist University

Students must comply with the Southern Adventist University Network Usage Policy. A copy of the policy is available from the Campus Card Desk.