Dr. Raj Pamula, Chair

I would like to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science's home page.  The Department of Computer Science offers a graduate (Master of Science degree in Computer Science - MSCS) and an undergraduate (Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science) program of study.  These degree programs have been designed to prepare qualified students for careers involving the design of computer systems and their application to science and industry. The programs are structured with a maximum of flexibility to insure that the student has the opportunity to direct his or her studies in the pursuit of the above stated goals. 

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 seven full-time, and 10 adjunct faculty members.  The Department supports the ACM student chapter. We're proud of our students and thrive on their success!

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!


Department Vision Statement:

To be a recognized regional resource for computer science education and knowledge. 


Department Mission Statement:

To graduate well educated "Computer Scientists" who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, increasingly complex world. This will be accomplished through:  

·        A well qualified faculty who care about students and their success.

·        A dynamic and up-to-date curriculum that has an optimal balance between theory and practice.

·        State of the art Laboratories, computer facilities, and instructional classrooms.

·        Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research.

·        Strong cooperative relationships with local high schools, community colleges, and with other four-year institutions.