We have around 200 majors in our programs. The majority of our students come from Michiana and have strong ties to the area. Our student body ranges from traditional (18-25 years old) to the non-traditional (25-45 years old) to professionals who are returning to the University to enhance their skills.
More than 32,000 people, living across our nation and throughout the world, are proud to trace their academic roots to Indiana University South Bend. Over 600 are computer science department graduates, helping build a strong society and economy based on information technology. Our alumni are joined by an active group of friends, parents, corporations, and foundations whose participation, support, and interest further the cause of higher education at IU South Bend. The majority of our alumni are employed in local, regional, and national companies or organizations. A number of our alumni have pursued graduate and doctoral programs and currently engage in research in academic and corporate settings.
Our faculty have terminal degrees in Computer Science, Psychology, BioInformatics, Social Informatics, New Media, and related disciplines. They have diverse teaching and research interests including topics such as: Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Networks, Computer Science Education, Computer Vision, Databases, Data Streaming, Distributed Computing, Game Programming, Information Security, Parallel Computing, Robotics, Social Informatics, Software Engineering, Quantum Computing, and Wireless Networks. Our faculty has received numerous research, curriculum development, and other grants. They engage our students in undergraduate and graduate research and software projects. The department faculty strive to excel in teaching and a number of our faculty have received teaching awards.
The Department offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Computer Science, minors in Computer Science, Computer Applications, and undergraduate certificates in Computer Programming, Advanced Computer Programming, and Computer Applications. COIS also offers a graduate certificate in Technology Administration. In collaboration with other departments and programs the COIS offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science with focus areas in Computer Science and Data Science, B.S. in Informatics, Online B.S. in Informatics, minors in Informatics and Cognitive Science, and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Applied Informatics.
- The B.S. in Computer Science degree curriculum follows the guidelines set out by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the leading professional computing societies. Students in this degree program complete a core curriculum that builds an overall understanding of computers, computing environments, and theoretical issues. The degree prepares students to enter challenging computing careers in the workplace or to embark on postgraduate programs in computing. For a detailed description please visit this page. For related minors please visit the page, graduate certificate please visit this page and undergraduate certificates visit this page.
- The B.S. in Informatics degree curriculum follows the guidelines set out by the School of Informatics and Computing, and other computing professional societies and prepares students to apply computer science to another discipline such as STEM, Business, Arts, Social Sciences, etc. For a detailed description please visit this page. The Online B.S. in Informatics is offered jointly with other IU campuses starting 2017. For a detailed description please visit this page. The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Applied Informatics allows students to switch to information technology careers. For a detailed description please visit this page.
- The M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) is offered jointly with the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Students enroll in one of the following focus areas: Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, or Integrated. Students in the program take advanced courses in computer science and/or applied mathematics with emphasis on real-world problem solving and applications. For a detailed description please visit this page.
- The Minor in Cognitive Science is offered jointly with the departments of Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, and Psychology. For a detailed description please visit this page.