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Welcome to the Department of Computer Science.

The Department of Computer Science offers a discipline that focuses on the complete software development process including design, programming and testing. In 1961, the University of Dayton became one of the first schools in the country to develop an undergraduate program in Computer Science. The department offers a Master degree in Computer Science and two programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

Our students are hired by companies such as Procter & Gamble, AT&T Communications, CompuServe, Dayton Power & Light, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Mead Corporation, NASA Space Flight Center, NCR, Standard Register, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, LexisNexis, and many others.

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Find the academic program that is right for you.

Computer science is the study of software, algorithms and their implementation in programs. The Department of Computer Science offers two programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Computer science emphasizes the general usage and theory of computing and computers in systems and applications areas. Computer information systems provides more of an emphasis on the applications of the computer to problems in business and industry.

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Two programs are offered within the computer science department, both leading to Bachelor of Science degrees: computer science (CPS) and computer information systems (CIS). The main differences between the two are varying requirements in mathematics, science and applications areas.

Computer science majors study algorithms and their implementation in the environment of computer hardware. It includes the study of data structures, software design, programming languages, and computer elements and architecture. Students entering this program are expected to have strong analytical skills and should be prepared to take calculus and non-remedial English in their first semester.

The computer information systems program emphasizes computer science concepts with particular attention to systems analysis and design, computer communications and applications to business and commercial data management. This program is designed for students who seek to combine their interest in the use of computers with one or more approved application areas. To meet the needs of the application-oriented student, there is adequate course selection and sufficient electives to give the student an opportunity for concentrated study in a discipline chosen to meet individual career objectives.

All students in both areas of study must take at least one course that includes the social and ethical implications of computing. In addition, students are required to take a series of courses that provide a general education in the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences. Both courses of study also develop the students' abilities to express themselves accurately and effectively.

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A degree in computer science is valuable in today's economic environment.

Have you heard of YouTube, Google, and Facebook? These programs were all written by people with a degree in computer science, similar to the one offered at the University of Dayton. Many of our graduates have been employed by companies such as NCR, Teradata, LexisNexis, Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, Compuserve, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Mead Corporation, NASA Space Flight Center, Standard Register, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and many others. A number of these organizations are headquartered in the greater Dayton/Cincinnati area.

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We offer multiple ways to enhance learning through research, service and nontraditional learning experiences.

Computer Science majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.
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Meet our faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Computer Science invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

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Our faculty and students are dedicated to inquiry.

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.


We can answer all of your questions.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Computer Science
University of Dayton
Anderson Center Room 139
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2160

Phone: 937-229-3831
Fax: 937-229-2193