Computer Science

Faculty

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FACULTY

Associate Professor and Program Chair of Computer Science
M.S. Computer Science - Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
B.S. Business Education - Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
Phone: 815-226-4070
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: CNelson@rockford.edu
Chuck Nelson joined Rockford University full time in the fall semester of 2015. Previously he taught as an Adjunct in the Adult Accelerated Degree Completion program and in the Computer Science department at the University. Mr. Nelson began his career teaching in junior high school and high school. For a short while, he taught in Georgia and then moved, taught and coached in Rockford Public Schools. Mr. Nelson then joined the Computer Science Department at Rock Valley College where he taught for nearly 30 years. Mr. Nelson held two positions at Rock Valley, one as a tenured faculty member and also as the Director of the Computer Science Department.

 

In addition to teaching, Mr. Nelson performed computer software consulting. Many consulting opportunities were with small companies needing assistance assessing and planning for their technology needs, especially their corporate database systems. He has also been heavily involved in the analysis, design, programming and implementation of department-level database systems. The consultations chosen were those that were directly related to his teaching activities. Mr. Nelson has performed training for many local companies, from basic computer skills to advanced computer programming.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Nelson has reviewed Computer Science textbooks for authors and publishers. He has contributed and assisted several authors in the technical aspects of their work. Most often in this capacity, Mr. Nelson wrote the computer programs in each chapter of the textbook and the end of chapter problems and solutions.

 

He has always been active with local, national and international computer science professional organizations. Locally he has been a member and contributor to user groups and student computer clubs. He has been a member of several national and international organizations regarding computer science and computer science education.

 

Mr. Nelson teaches in both the MIS and the Web computer degree programs. This includes courses as Database Systems, beginning and advanced Computer Organization, Information Systems, Object Oriented Programming, Analysis and Design, Independent Studies, Internships, Tutorials, and Senior Seminar.
Computer Science Instructor
Emeritus Faculty
M.S., Northern Illinois University
B.S., Rockford University

Careers and Internships

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CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS

Experiential and Service Learning 

All majors are required to do an internship. The Rockford University Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Department has relationships with OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and Woodward Governor.

 

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of our MIS and Web Development programs are prepared for careers in small business, non-profits organizations, industry and government agencies, to name a few. Our program will enable students to move quickly beyond entry-level positions to the more satisfying challenges of information, systems management, web development and problem solving. Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22% from 2010 to 2020.* Employment for computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 18% from 2010 to 2020; growth will be driven by organizations upgrading their IT systems and switching to newer, faster, and more mobile networks*.

*Source: www.bls.gov

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Computer Science
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.
MDik@rockford.edu

Programs of Study

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The program offers a major with a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees with concentrations in Management Information Systems (MIS) or Web Development.

Major and Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Computer Science (B.A., B.S.) — concentrations in Management Information Systems, Web Development

 

Course Descriptions and Requirements

Rockford University’s Computer Science Program offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in Management Information Systems (MIS) or Web Development. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Computer Science
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.
MDik@rockford.edu

Computer Science

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Students in computer lab

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The Program offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Web Development. More than ever before, businesses and other organizations depend on the effective management and maintenance of information. A fundamental goal of both MIS and Web Development is to integrate the use of computers and information with the aims of a particular organization or business.

  • A professional in MIS must have a good working knowledge of computers and several computer languages, knowledge of business, statistics and accounting practices, and the personal skills to work effectively with others.
  • A professional in Web Development also must have a working knowledge of computers and several computer languages as well as a good working knowledge of graphic design to create visually compelling web applications.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Computer Science
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.
MDik@rockford.edu