Welcome to the Computer and Information Science department

On behalf of faculty, staff and students I am proud to welcome you to the Computer and Information Science Department’s (CIS) website at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Our department is part of the College of Engineering. The department has been funded in early 1983. Currently the department has 7 full-time faculty, 1 professional technician, 1 staff member, and approximately 239 undergraduate, 94 graduate and 3 PhD students computer science majors.

Our faculty members are involved in research and professional activities in several major areas of computing such as software engineering of object-oriented systems, formal methods in software design and development, parallel and distributed computing, neural computing, multi-agent systems, electronic commerce, computer and sensor networks, data visualization and computer vision, computer and information security, bio-informatics, mobile robotics, and software process and social implications of computing. Some of these research activities were sponsored by grants from National Science Foundations, Office of Naval Research, Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative, UMASS Dartmouth Foundation and companies from local computer industry.

The Computer & Information Science (CIS) department offers two academic degrees in computer science:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (since 1983)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Software Engineering Option (since 2007)
  • Master of Science in Computer Science (since 1988)

The undergraduate program in computer science is accredited since 1988 by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; Telephone: 410-347-7700. Students in the BS in Computer Science program have an option to join a co-operative program of study supported by industry of Southeastern Massachusetts. Eligible students participate in internships arranged with Advanced Technology Center in Fall River and/or with local industry. The department also offers three computer science graduate certificates, each composed of five courses or fifteen academic credits:

  • Graduate Certificate in Computer Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Software Development

The department offers three minor programs in computer science:

  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Software Engineering
  • Minor in Systems Software.

For all students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth we offer courses in computing such as:

  • computer literacy/fluency - CIS 110
  • web page development and web site development - CIS 120, CIS 220
  • procedural programming in C - CIS 115
  • Fortran and Basic - CIS 261, CIS 161
  • data structures in C - CIS 215
  • object-oriented programming in C++ - CIS 266
  • and understanding technology of e-commerce - CIS 210.

Our faculty and staff members are dedicated to excellence in education and computer science research. Please join us to study or to work with us on new ideas and visions of computing in the 21th century. Please contact me if you have any questions or you need assistance in your professional decisions related to computer science.

Jan Bergandy
Professor and Chair
Phone: 508.999.8293
Fax: 508-999-9144
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