Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science
|Northeastern University College of Computer Science and Information Science|
|Dean||Carla E. Brodley|
|47 (14 Faculty have Joint Appointments in other Colleges) |
|Location||Boston, MA, USA
The College of Computer and Information Science ("CCIS") is one of the nine colleges of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The College offers Bachelor of Science ("B.S."), Bachelor of Arts ("B.A."), Master of Science ("M.S."), and doctoral degrees in computer science ("CS"), as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary, computer-related fields. Some 200 masters and 65 doctoral candidates are enrolled in the College.
Founded in 1982, Northeastern's College of Computer and Information Science was the first college in the United States devoted to computer science. The College is also among the first to offer an information assurance degree program.
In addition to a traditional computer science curriculum, CCIS offers numerous other information science programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The computer science program at CCIS focuses on the fundamentals of computer program design, software design, computer networking, computation theory, and other technical computer-related subjects.
The CS program offers both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. While both require a core curriculum of computer science, mathematics, science, and humanities coursework, the B.A. candidates are required to take more humanities coursework than B.S. candidates. The B.S. is thus the more technical of the two degrees, with the B.A. aimed at giving students a social science context with which to frame their understanding of computer science.
CCIS offers multiple combined major degree options within its own programs:
- B.S. in Computer Science and Information Science
- B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science
The combined B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science substitutes four master-level courses for their undergraduate equivalents. Students then have only to take four master-level electives to complete the program. This allows a student to graduate with both degrees on either a five year track, or a six year track with co-op experience.
In addition, the College partners with other colleges at Northeastern to offer the following joint degrees:
- B.S. in CS or IS and Business
- B.S. in CS or IS and Cognitive Psychology
- B.S. in CS or IS and Environmental Science
- B.S. in CS or IS and Mathematics
- B.S. and M.S. in CS and Mathematics
- B.S. in CS and Biology
- B.S. in CS and Physics
- B.S. in CS and Communication Studies
- B.S. in CS and Digital Art
- B.S. in CS and Interactive Media
- B.S. in CS and Music Composition and Technology
- B.S. in CS or IS and Journalism
- B.S. in CS and Game Design
- B.S. in CS and Computer Engineering
Information science--the interdisciplinary study of how humans use information technology—combines a technical understanding of computer science and system design with the behavior context of the social sciences. Coursework covers the fields of information architecture, information system design and development, programming design, database design, and social informatics, among others. A two-semester senior capstone project, designed to integrate the many skill sets developed in the program, is required. Currently, only the B.S. of Information Science is offered, though it may be offered in conjunction with another degree.
Both Master of Science and doctoral degrees are offered in the CS program.
Candidates for the M.S. in Computer Science can choose from the following concentrations:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer-Human Interaction
- Database Management
- Information Security
- Programming Languages
- Software Engineering
CCIS began offering the M.S. in Information Assurance in 2006, for which it has gained recognition by the National Security Agency as both a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. Masters candidates take coursework addressing the various technical, policy, and criminal justice-related issues involved in information assurance, preparing them for careers as corporate and government information executives. Full-time candidates for the M.S. in Information Assurance typically finish the program in two years, with 32 semester hours required to earn the degree.
In partnership with Northeastern's Bouvé College of Health Sciences, CCIS offers the M.S. in Health Informatics, providing health-care and IT professionals with the technical and managerial skills necessary to lead health informatics projects. In addition, the program offers intensive, eight-month graduate certificates in three health informatics specialties, including:
- Management and Exchange
- Health Informatics Privacy and Security
- Health Informatics Software Engineering
The PhD program prepares students for research careers in government, industry, or academia. Candidates are required to take coursework in computer systems, principles of programming languages, advanced algorithms, and computation theory. Electives in these and other subjects are also available. Candidates are given a maximum of five years to complete this coursework and their doctoral thesis.
In 2014, CCIS's graduate program in computer science was ranked 60th in the US News & World Report list of the "Best Computer Science Graduate Schools." The publication also ranked the graduate program 13th on its list of "Best Programming Language Programs."
In the 2011-2012 school year, the information assurance program began offering the Ph.D in Information Assurance, designed to be an interdisciplinary program with a focus on information assurance policy and research. Candidates for this doctoral degree take a core curriculum of computer networking, network security, hardware and software security, information security risk management, and information assurance policy. Elective coursework is then taken in one of three areas of concentration (or "tracks"), namely:
- Network/Communication Security
- System Security
The PhD in Personal Health Informatics is an interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Personal Health Informatics prepares researchers to design and evaluate technologies that improve health and wellness with the potential to transform healthcare. The joint degree program combines a strong curriculum in human-computer interface technology and experimental design in health sciences.
CCIS employs several faculty well known as experts in their fields, including:
- William Clinger, expert on, and contributor to, the Scheme programming language
- Richard P. Gabriel, famed expert on the Lisp family of programming languages
- Matthias Felleisen, author and co-author of several computer programming textbooks
- Mitchell Wand, author of Essentials of Programming Languages
The following student groups and organizations are part of the CCIS community:
- Association for Computing Machinery(ACM)
- Undergraduate Experimental Systems Group (Crew), a volunteer student group supporting the CCIS IT systems staff
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society (UPE)
- Organization for Women in the Computing and Information Sciences (CISters)
- Northeastern Game Development Club
- Information Systems Security Association
Students of the College also participate in a variety of information security competitions, most notably the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The College's team won its regional qualifier, the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition ("NECCDC"), in 2009, and took first place at the national competition in 2010. CCIS was host to the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in 2011.
Cooperative Education within CCIS
Students at CCIS have the option of participating in Northeastern's Cooperative Education Program ("Co-op program"). The Co-op program allows students to take semester-long internships with public and private-sector organizations, exposing them to the real world application of the skills and knowledge taught in their academic major. Nearly two-thirds of CCIS's graduating students are offered full-time positions by the companies for at which they worked a co-op.
Companies that participate in this program range from small startups to large enterprises including Google, Microsoft, John Hancock, and Amazon.com. The college has been able to achieve 100% placement in the past 7 years for all students who choose to go on 5 year co-op program.
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