Division of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Denise McCollim
Dean of Arts and Sciences

The purpose of this division is to provide a traditional liberal arts education that prepares students to function as Christian professionals in a variety of career settings in their chosen field of study.

This division comprises the engineering and computer science, humanities, natural sciences, and nursing departments of Pensacola Christian College, each of which offers undergraduate degrees. The nursing department also offers a graduate degree.

Dr. Michael Geary, Chair

The engineering and computer science department is dedicated to providing the building blocks of a solid technical education that integrates specialized knowledge and skills with a Christian philosophy. While a firm theoretical foundation is laid, a strong emphasis is placed on practicality and application of design and development principles in preparation for future employment, intellectual growth, and Christian service opportunities.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degree

Computer Information Systems

The purpose of the computer information systems major is to prepare students to produce reliable, well-structured, and efficient programs and applications using sound software development techniques. Students are also trained to expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the computer information systems major will be able to

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • analyze problems to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to their solutions;
  • design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to support the delivery, use, and management of information and computing systems;
  • participate effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field; and
  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

Cybersecurity Concentration

The purpose of the cybersecurity concentration is to prepare students to develop, operate, and secure computing systems capable of operating within today’s complex digital world and its continual evolution of cyber threats. Students are trained to solve problems logically and apply tools and techniques to combat various types of potential attacks.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the cybersecurity concentration will also be able to apply security principles to analyze and mitigate information system risks and threats.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

The purpose of the computer science and software engineering major is to prepare students to apply sound software engineering principles and techniques in the design and development of software systems which solve real-world problems within a team environment. Students are also trained to expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the computer science and software engineering major will be able to

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • analyze problems to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to their solutions;
  • design, construct, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or software system utilizing proper design and development principles;
  • participate effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field; and
  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

Engineering

The purpose of the engineering major is to develop Christian engineers who are prepared academically to be viable professionals in either the mechanical or electrical engineering field.

The baccalaureate degree in engineering at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Program Educational Objectives: Within the first five years after graduation, our engineering alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:

  • Entry-Level Employment—apply engineering knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace
  • Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries
  • Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities
  • Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the engineering program will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Technical Competence—an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Engineering Design—an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communication—an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Professionalism—an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Teamwork—an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Experimentation—an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Intellectual Skills—an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Concentrations

Electrical

The purpose of the electrical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of electrical engineering.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the electrical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Analysis—analyze electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems;
  • Design-Integrate—perform detailed design of electrical, electronic, and digital devices and systems containing hardware and software components; and
  • Stochastic Analysis—apply probability and statistics to analyze electrical and electronic components, signals, or systems.

Mechanical

The purpose of the mechanical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of mechanical engineering.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the mechanical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Mechanical Design—apply calculus and differential equations, basic science, and engineering principles to modeling, analysis, design, and realization of mechanical engineering components, systems, or processes; and
  • Integrated Design—solve open-ended design problems in the mechanical engineering disciplines of HVAC and Refrigeration, Mechanical Systems and Materials, and Thermal and Fluids Systems.

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