Chair's Welcome Message

Raj Pamula, Ph.D.

With recent rapid advances in computer hardware and computer software technology, Computer Science has become one of the most exciting and dynamic research areas and one that seems set to affect the lives of everyone. Computer science combines constructivist mathematics with engineering technologies that enable mathematical objects to be treated as physical symbol systems. Its scope ranges from such abstract and theoretical topics as the semantics of programming languages and computational complexity to more concrete issues such as Boolean circuits and computer and network architectures. A central and integrating element of Computer Science is the design and development of software. Software is a representation of abstract ideas in a language capable of execution by a computer.

The MS and the BS degree programs stresses both theory and practice in the computer science area and was developed in accordance with curriculum guidelines recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the authority on computer science education.

Students who complete the degree will be well-qualified for high-paying jobs in a field in which an unprecedented demand exists for men and women trained in computer software skills. Careers are available in such specialties as computer networks, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, database systems, systems analysis, and distributed systems.

The Department of Computer Science employs nine full-time, and ten adjunct faculty members. The Department supports the ACM student chapter. We're proud of our students and thrive on their success!

The Department of Computer Science conducts an annual Programming Festival(Competition) that is open to California high school and community college students and offers them the opportunity to solve college-level and real-world programming problems by applying the principles of computer science. We believe today's high school and college students have great potential, and we hope this experience will help them in their future studies of computer science and software engineering. Website:

In closing, if you cannot find the information you're looking for on our web pages, please visit our Department office in the Engineering and Technology building, Room A-322 or call us at: (323) 343-6690. We have some of the best facilities in the country and I'd be happy to show them to you.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you soon!