The Department of Computer Science is located in the recently renovated Bareis Hall of Science, and our majors have exclusive access to a state-of-the art advanced laboratory for their coursework, labs, and independent study projects; the lab boasts modern hardware, software, and networking tools, including
- Specialized multimedia workstations; digital media capture, editing, and presentation devices
- for research, coursework, and training in audio & video editing, “Podcasting,” digital photography, streaming media production, etc.
- Individualized virtual machines (VMS)
- for use in software development and system administration courses; easily reconfigurable, running on IBM Blade Center hardware in a VMware environment
- Free-standing and rack-mount Windows and Linux servers and UPS systems
- for research, coursework, and training in system & network administration, computer forensics and log analysis, system monitoring, web application development, etc.
- Rack-mount and wireless network switches, routers, hubs; structured wiring and cable/fiber optic test equipment
- for research, coursework, and training in network design, implementation, and maintenance of wired & wireless networks, router configuration, etc.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Global Positioning Systems (GPS) workstations
- for research, coursework, and training in GIS/GPS mapping, modeling, and data analysis, etc.
- Robotics equipment (Mindstorms and Scribblers)
- for research, coursework, and training in robotics, machine- and assembly-language programming, sensor input, directional transmission, machine vision, etc.
- A lounge area with comfortable furniture and a large-screen television
- for relaxing between courses, conversation, small group work, and connecting a variety of video and audio sources
- Work areas with plenty of space for your charging laptop and other devices
- A history collection with a variety of historical computers and equipment
- for seeing how far computing technology has come in a few short years
In addition, the Department of Computer Science is located alongside the College's administrative CNIT (Computer, Networking, & Information Technology) department, which provides our majors with a unique opportunity to work with IT professionals at the hub of an enterprise-level IT infrastructure and environment.
The CNIT department provides the entire campus with a modern technological infrastructure. Classrooms, offices, and residence hall rooms are connected to a high-speed Ethernet network (and the Internet) with a gigabit fiber backbone; residence hall rooms include "port per pillow" access. Wireless hotspots are strategically located throughout campus, and centralized network services provide secure data storage and access.