The Department of Computer Science offers a pre-eminent computer science program that prepares students from diverse backgrounds for productive careers by providing a student-centered, practically-focused quality learning experience.

Minor in Computer Science

A minor in computer science is a worthwhile addition to complement your studies, no matter your major. The Minor in Computer Science at Cal State LA is designed to provide basic proficiency in computer science for students majoring in other fields.


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The Computer Science department provides advising directly to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students and maintains a collection of resources for students such as job and internship opportunities, student organizations, and student-exclusive discounts.


Students who complete the degree will be well-qualified for challenging jobs in a field with unprecedented demand exists for those trained in computer software skills.

Cal State LA College of ECST has been awarded the Bronze award by the ASEE Diversity Recognition. Our program is committed to diversity and inclusion.

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Our Mission & Vision

The vision and mission statements are two important steps toward creating clarity and direction for a successful program. We invite you to read the Department of Computer Science's statements and discover how the success of our students reflects the success of our program.


To be a pre-eminent computer science program that prepares students from diverse backgrounds for productive careers by providing them with a student-centered, practically-focused quality learning experience.


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 the following:

  • A well-qualified faculty who care about students and their success.
  • A dynamic, up-to-date curriculum that has an optimal balance between theory and practice.
  • Laboratories, computer facilities, and instructional classrooms are on par with any computer science program in the nation.
  • Unique co-curricular opportunities for students, such as participation in student design competitions, professional student organizations, and pre-professional employment.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research and industry-funded design clinic projects.
  • Mutually beneficial partnerships with area industry that take advantage of our location in one of the most concentrated high-tech centers in the nation.
  • Strong cooperative relationships with local high schools, community colleges, and with other four-year institutions.

Department of Computer Science

Valentina Ovasapyan, CS Department Coordinator
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA | E&T A-322
TEL: (323) 343-6690 | FAX: (323) 343-6672 | [email protected]