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for California State University, Fresno.
The College of Science and Mathematics
J. TODD WILSON, Chair
Science II Building, Room C255
Faculty and Facilities
The faculty comes from a variety of areas including computer systems and architecture, theoretical computer science, programming languages, software engineering, computer graphics, distributed systems and parallel processing, neural networks, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, wireless communication and mobile computing, robot swarm communication, evolutionary computation, domain-specific languages, and real-time and embedded systems. They have in common a desire to provide a program that will give the student a broad range of experience in computer science as well as the depth of education that will be needed in the student's later career, whether professional or academic.
Students and faculty have access to a networked environment of UNIX workstations (Sun Microsystems and Linux systems) and microcomputer laboratories of PCs. These systems are connected to campus and international networks.
J. Todd Wilson, Chair
Brent J. Auernheimer, Assistant Chair
Shih-Hsi Liu, Graduate Adviser
Computer science is applied reasoning using both art and science: It requires the ability to communicate ideas through a combination of language and powerful technology. It is concerned with the interaction of humans and computers, as well as the application of computers to a myriad of specialized problems.
The goal of the Department of Computer Science is to offer programs to a diverse audience: (1) students interested primarily in computing, (2) students interested primarily in applying computing to some other field of study, and (3) students who wish to include computing as part of their general education.
Computer use pervades our society, and the industry supporting that use has grown rapidly. Graduates from this program find job opportunities in such diverse fields as computer design, software engineering, systems analysis, database design, computer graphics, and technical programming. Because of the strong theoretical foundation of the program, graduates are attractive to companies involved in computer manufacturing and to those industries using computers in high-technology applications.
Our proximity to two of the largest areas using computers in the nation, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, provides our graduates with a broad-based collection of potential employers. Graduates have also obtained exciting and challenging positions at Air Force and Naval bases in California. A significant proportion of our graduates pursue graduate studies. Students who obtain the master of science degree will be in an excellent position to pursue a Ph.D.
Student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society are very active in the department. They organize field trips to major computer manufacturers and users in California. The ACM chapter sponsors the fall Programming Contest.
Computer science majors who have a distinguished academic record in computer science are invited to join Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Honor Society for the Computing Sciences.
Through the Cooperative Education program, students receive academic credit and are employed in computer-related industries. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to obtain experience, a reasonable salary, and college credit in this field.