"Computer Science Department Profile"
Department of Computer Science The Department of Computer Science is one of the largest departments at Southern Connecticut State University offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in different areas that prepare students for today’s challenging job environments. It is one of the departments at the University to be recognized for offering a distinguished program in both its curriculum and teaching excellence. There are two programs at the baccalaureate level, General Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. The department currently serves 117 undergraduate students and 13 graduate students. Since 1991, the undergraduate General Computer Science program was accredited by CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board), which later merged with ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). During the last two re- accreditation cycles, this program was awarded the maximal accreditation term of six years, reflecting the curricula’s excellent quality and compliance of high standards as required by ABET. Students have access to over 20 computer labs available throughout the campus including two departmental facilities: a state-of-the-art Unix lab equipped with SUN workstations, two SUN servers, a SUN disk RAID array and a programmable robot; and a Networking and Security laboratory for courses and research. The laboratories are located in different sites on the Southern campus for ease of access and manageability. Computer hardware consists of several major platforms in the industry, IBM compatible PCs which have the Microsoft windows operating system installed, MACS, which have either OS 9 or OS X installed and in the UNIX Lab, SUN workstations which use SUN’s Solaris operating systems. The Computer Science faculty is active in scholarly activities and research. Their diverse interests and achievements reflect the multi-dimensional talents and expertise related to the discipline. Some areas of interest include: computer networks and optimization, wireless communication, biomedical engineering, computer security, image processing, parallel and distributed computing, data warehousing and data mining, statistical modeling, web technologies and multimedia, and computer science education.