Summary of our programs

We offer an accredited undergraduate program and master's program. Our classes are small to medium sized, offering students many opportunities to work closely with faculty.

Our department faculty is nationally recognized and engaged in high quality research and teaching involving both undergraduate and graduate students. We offer a strong foundation in Computer Science, with special focus areas in: Computing for Life Sciences (in conjunction with SFSU's Center for Computing for Life Sciences), Computing and Business, and practical and global Software Engineering and management. The Center for Computing in Life Sciences (CCLS) is part of a University-wide strategic thrust towards interdisciplinary research and education. For more information on CCLS please visit: Center for Computing for Life Sciences Website

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We are committed to providing you with the best possible educational and student experience:

  • Teaching is our top priority - we have a dedicated and experienced staff of full time faculty and a small number of lecturers
  • Most classes are taught by full time faculty
  • Classes are small to medium sized
  • Our curriculum integrates a strong core of programming fundamentals with the latest software technologies
  • We offer a wide variety of electives in specialized areas
  • We support a diverse and multicultural student and faculty environment

We are committed to preparing you for future job markets:

  • Our programs address key new trends such as global software development and biotechnology
  • Students are required to learn the basics of software engineering and industrial software production processes, usability, project management, etc.
  • Individual and group projects prepare students for jobs in the increasingly global software development environment
  • We offer projects and internships with local industry
  • We train and prepare students for job searches and interviews
  • We emphasize professional written and oral communication skills development
  • We provide multidisciplinary collaborative projects with departments such as Biology, Biochemistry, Nursing, Business, and Creative Arts.

We are committed to preparing you for Ph. D. and industry careers:

  • Students engage in research, write proposals and papers with faculty, and present their work at scientific conferences
  • Our graduate program offers specialization in many current areas such as Computing for Life Sciences, Software Engineering, and Business and Computing.
  • Many research projects are funded through grants from government or industry

We are committed to a program rich in diversity:

  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply

Our faculty are active in broad range of current research areas:

  • Software Engineering and Systems
  • Visualization and Multimedia Systems
  • Database and Information Management
  • Computing for Life Science
  • Data Mining
  • Digital Media and Games
  • Networking and Distributed Systems

We have a superb location:

  • We are close to San Francisco's biotech centers, Silicon Valley , and major research universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSF and UC Santa Cruz
  • We have easy access to major freeways and are easy to reach by public transportation
  • San Francisco downtown is minutes away – and the beach is nearby too!

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