Northeastern created the nation’s first college devoted to computer science in 1982, and today’s College of Computer and Information Science remains a national leader in education and research innovation
Here, education and research focus on providing the knowledge and perspective needed in an increasingly complex world. Educational programs combine computing with an important application domain, such as health or security. Research both advances computing and contributes to resolving major societal challenges.
The college’s programs, faculty, and research are developing international prominence in four significant areas: cyber security, personal health informatics, network science, and software reliability.
Broad Educational Opportunities
- Undergraduate Programs The college’s 19 undergraduate degree programs allow students to focus on computer or information science or combine either discipline with knowledge of business, the sciences, digital arts, mathematics, or the social sciences. Students can enrich their education through research, a combined BS/MS degree program, and global learning experiences that include international co-op, study abroad, and the Dialogues in Civilizations program.
- Graduate Programs Graduate students can choose programs in computer and information science as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs in information assurance and health informatics, including an innovative PhD in Personal Health Informatics program.
- Co-op Experience Undergraduate and graduate students hold co-op and career positions throughout the country with top companies such as Amazon, Intuit, Microsoft, Google, and EMC. They also work at small start-up firms involved with a wide range of computing applications.
Strong Research Programs
Faculty work individually and with researchers across Northeastern to address how computing can contribute to improving the quality and cost of health care,understanding the impact of social networks, and increasing the reliability and security of the systems and networks people turn to every day.
The college also boasts one of the country’s top programming languages groups and has strong research programs in software development, algorithms and theory, formal methods, networks, systems, databases, information retrieval and data mining, human– computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
The college offers a small, close-knit community and the resources of a large, urban university. An award-winning building with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, wired and wireless networks, and thoughtfully designed open meeting space enhances learning and research.