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    Mississippi College
  Jul 02, 2022
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering, Computer Science and Physics

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Chris Maggio, Chair
Associate Professor (2008)

Tom Bennet
Professor (1996)

John Curtis
Professor (2006)

Glenn Wiggins
Professor (1981)

Steve O’Neal
Assistant Professor (2002)

Melissa Wiggins
Professor (1990)

Deborah Woodall
Assistant Professor

Support Staff

Judy Hamilton
Secretary (1993)

Mission Statement

This department builds upon the synergy of two dynamic scientific disciplines, one very young and the other very old. On the one hand, the computer is of relatively recent vintage and has revolutionized technology globally. Our Computer Science program equips students with fundamental knowledge about the discipline of computer science and how it is changing the way we live. The learning approach combines both the theoretical and the practical, with the emphasis upon problem solving. On the other hand, Physics has been called the mother of all the sciences whose origin dates back into ancient times; certainly Physics is the most basic of the sciences for it seeks to observe, analyze, and categorize the interactions which occur in our whole physical world. Our Physics program grounds students in the fundamental principles of the discipline and the scientific approach to knowledge.


As a major component of the School of Science and Mathematics, the Department of Computer Science and Physics strives to meet the needs of the students at Mississippi College by:

  1. Offering courses, to both majors and non-majors, which stimulate their intellectual development while providing them with essential knowledge in the fields of computer science and physics along with acquainting them with the scientific approach to knowledge.
  2. Providing students with opportunities to receive a strong background to enable them to compete successfully in their chosen careers whether in industry or post-baccalaureate study in graduate and professional schools.
  3. Effectively advising students regarding choices of courses and programs while at Mississippi College so that they are acquainted with the opportunities and challenges available to them.
  4. Employing and retaining competent faculty who are dedicated to teaching students while continuing their own professional development and who support and engage in scholarship, creative activity, and community and collegial service.

Programs of the Department

The Department consists of separate programs in Computer Science and in Physics. Majors offered include Computer Science (B.A. or B.S.), Computing and Information Systems (B.A. or B.S.), Physics (B.S.), and Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.). Minors include Computer Science and Physics. The Department also offers the graduate degree of Master of Science in the area of Computer Science.

Honors Courses

By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program  section of Undergraduate Catalog.




      Computer ScienceEngineering SciencePhysicsElectrical Engineering

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