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The Department of Computer & Information Science is part of the College of Engineering.


Computer science encompasses the following sub-disciplines:

  • algorithms and data structure
  • programming languages
  • computer architecture
  • numerical and symbolic computation
  • operating systems
  • software methodology and engineering
  • databases and information management
  • artificial intelligence/intelligent information systems/robotics
  • computer and information security, human-computer communication
  • net-centric computing, internet computing
  • computational science, bioinformatics

Computer science tends to be more software-oriented than computer engineering (which is more hardware-oriented). However, both disciplines encompass both hardware and software. UMassD's computer science program focuses on the methodologies of computing, offering a solid foundation for career success. The program offers the flexibility for students to pursue a minor in another academic discipline.


Our faculty members are involved in research and professional activities in many major areas of computing, from bio-informatics to robotics to information security.

Community outreach

The department offers popular Computer Camps for middle-school children every summer.

The department welcomes organizations or individuals (especially teachers and students from area K-12 schools) to visit our facilities. Please contact us for more information.

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