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College of Engineering

Computer & Information Sciences


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From its inception just a half century ago, computing has become the defining technology of our age. Computers are integral to modern culture and are the primary engine behind much of the world’s economic growth. Moreover, the field continues to evolve at an astonishing pace, making computer science a vibrant discipline.

UD’s computer science curriculum emphasizes software development and computer theory with the goal that students learn how computers are used to solve real-life problems. Students develop excellent programming skills as they build a solid foundation in the theory and practice of computer science and software engineering. The research of the faculty guides upper-level course offerings, and there are ample opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research projects. Students are encouraged to explore how other subject areas impact and are impacted by computer science through a concentration in a related discipline.

We are committed to providing students with access to the most advanced computer technology available and maintaining research laboratories for areas requiring extensive experimental studies. Students also have access to our high-performance clusters for coursework and research in parallel computing, networking, artificial intelligence, and multimedia.

Areas of study

  • Artificial intelligence and natural language processing, and information retrieval
  • Networking
  • High performance computing systems
  • Multimedia
  • Bioinformatics
  • Software engineering
  • Scientific computing
  • Graphics and vision
  • Robotics
  • Management information systems
  • Game design
  • Interactive media

Career Options

  • Application Developer 
  • Computer Programmer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Middleware Engineer 
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Scientist 

Graduate Programs

  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Software Engineering 
  • Graphics & Vision
  • Robotics
  • Computer Networking 

What’s special about this program?


Over 30% of the CIS faculty are University Excellence in Teaching award winners, and most classes are 40 students or less by junior and senior year. We offer undergraduate research opportunities (academic year and summers) and the potential for study abroad earning CIS credit. Each student has access to a full-time faculty advisor, and majors are customizable through the concentration and technical electives. Students benefit from team project experience through participation on programming teams like ACM and Supercomputing. In addition, service learning opportunities allow students to develop learning games on the XO to broaden participation in computing.

Get involved

Alpha Omega Epsilon

Computer Animation and Game Design

Deep Roots Outreach Program

Engineers Without Borders

Linux User Group

National Society of Black Engineers

Sigma Phi Delta

Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineering

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi

UD ACM-W Student Chapter (CIS-ters)

Sample curriculum



Introduction to Computer Science I

Introduction to Computer Science II



Introduction to Systems Programming



Introduction to Engineering (FYE)




Seminar in Composition



Analytic Geometry and Calculus A



Analytic Geometry and Calculus B



Breadth Requirement Electives



Data Structures



Machine Org. and Assembly Language



Introduction to Software Engineering



Computers, Ethics, and Society



Statistical Methods (or)



Probability Theory and Simulation Methods



Discrete Mathematics I



Laboratory Science 1 and 2



Breadth Requirement Elective


  General Elective

Automata Theory



Logic and Programming (or)



Elementary Linear Algebra



Introduction to Algorithms 



Operating Systems



Parallel Computing



Written Communication in Business (or)



Technical Writing



Breadth Requirement



Concentration Electives



General Elective



Computer Science Design Project 1 (or)



Senior Thesis (DLE and Capstone) 



Computer Science Design Project 2 (or)



Senior Thesis (DLE and Capstone)



CISC 300 level Computer Science Electives



Concentration Electives


  General Electives

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