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Department History


The Department of Computer Science was established as a distinct instructional unit in the College of Sciences at Southern University in 1968 and moved to the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2014, which became College of Sciences and Engineering in 2016. Over the last 40 plus years over 3,000 degrees, both Bachelors and Masters were awarded. Our students have pursued careers in various businesses and educational enterprises.

Our department has a foundation of quality in education and research instituted by its founders. Our Bachelor of Science degree program has a long history; it was established during a time when computer science was just becoming recognized as a major discipline in universities across the country. The department built on its strong foundation in computer science to add additional programs over the years. 

Currently our program serves well over 400 majors. In addition, the department offers a variety of service courses to over 500 non-majors who seek practical experience in the application of information technology. Our department offers three programs, BS, MS and PhD (Collabration with Department of Environmental Toxicology).

This program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (