The Department was originally formed in 1964 as the Department of Statistics and Computer Science and remained such until 1984. We have retained that strong emphasis on computing and maintain our own state-of-the-art computing network. In addition, we have maintained the three-fold mission of teaching, research, and service.

Computer Science

Among the growing, dynamic, research-oriented faculty of the Computer Science department are experts in bioimaging, distributed information systems, human-computer interaction, databases, vision and image processing, theory, algorithms, bioinformatics, scientific computing, simulation, parallel and distributed computing, real time systems, virtual reality, evolutionary computing, and artificial intelligence.

Communication Studies

The goals of graduate education in the Department of Communication Studies are to provide students with tools for generating new knowledge about human communication, to cultivate highly developed skills in transmitting knowledge about communication to various constituencies in need of that information, and to foster an attitute of eager inquiry and service.