Computer Science

Shelby Hall Atrium

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of South Alabama.

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science. We have over two hundred undergraduate and graduate computer science students pursuing their studies from among the offered three academic degree and two certificate programs. Our Bachelor of Science degree, accredited by the national ABET Computing Accreditation Commission, allows students to gain hands-on learning experiences in areas such as cyber-security, information assurance, big data, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, video game development, and robotics. Our Master's degree is designed to further a student's ability to develop next generation computing methods, tools, and technologies; and the PhD degree is an interdisciplinary program that integrates advanced coursework and research from computer science, information systems, and information technology. The Artificial Intelligence Certificate courses covers data management, machine learning, and the principles of AI, both in terms of theory and practice. The Computer Science Graduate Cyber Security Certificate focuses on security at both a software and hardware levels, covering the theory and mathematical foundations as well as hands-on components.

Many of our students participate in extracurricular activities including regional programming contests, cyber-security related competitions, internships, and faculty directed research projects. Computer science faculty members are engaged in cutting edge research funded by several agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the university a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense based upon our history of excellence in information security teaching and research.

I invite you to explore the opportunities offered by the Department and the University. To aid in this, if you are a prospective student, I encourage you to visit us on campus to meet our faculty and learn more about our department. If you are a current student, please contact any of us if you have questions that are not addressed here. Thank you and have a great day.

Ryan Benton
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of South Alabama