The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) prepares students to meet the demands of research and training in the IT industry. Each program is designed to provide formal preparation in core courses and research opportunities. Core courses focus on critical technology areas such as information systems, database technology, high performance computing and network security and information assurance, programming languages, software engineering, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.
The department offers three degrees:
The CIS Department's academic and research activities are strengthened via major funded initiatives. These projects provide opportunities for student participation in research/design efforts and related laboratory work. The CIS Department is affiliated with research institutions, government research laboratories and lay IT corporations that facilitate student summer internships, job placement and early research experience.
In recent years, the CIS Department has made concerted efforts to establish a competitive research and training base and Ph.D. pipeline by enhancing its computer science academic program, its research faculty, and its infrastructure. Major research initiatives include the establishment of the Army Center of Excellence in Information Science, a DOD-Sponsored Information Security Research and Education Center (ISREC) and a Web-based Interactive Training Lab sponsored by Intel. Under the auspices of these programs, several research projects are being conducted in the areas of computer security, Data Mining, High-performance Computing, and Image Processing. These projects are conducted by faculty members leading teams of graduate and undergraduate students.
The CIS department comprises more than 300 undergraduate students, 140 graduate students, 10 full-time faculty, and five staff members. The CIS Department places considerable emphasis on research, and student participation in research activities has been made an integral part of the student training process.