The BS in Computer Science, BS in Computer Information Systems, and BS in Applied Computer Graphics, with their various options, allow students to prepare for careers in diverse areas of applications of Computer Science.

The MS in Computer Science provides a strong graduate-level core foundation in Computer Science while also allowing exploration into other areas of interest in the discipline.

The department offers students the opportunity to earn the distinction of Honors in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Applied Computer Graphics. This recognition appears on the student’s permanent transcripts and on their diploma. The Honors confers a distinction that enhances opportunities for graduate school and employment.

Faculty and Facilities

The breadth of faculty expertise is evident from the many courses offered in: operating systems and networks; programming languages; artificial intelligence; computer architecture; data and file systems; computer graphics; computer theory; and software engineering.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management is housed in the O’Connell Technology Center. Computing facilities available to computer science majors include four general purpose labs containing PC workstations. One is a thin-client lab that offers access to both Windows XP and LINUX operating systems. The other three run Windows XP. Another walk-in lab contains both Sun and Windows XP workstations. Finally, the Computer Networks and Security Lab is used to configure and reconfigure various types of computer components and systems.

A variety of software tools are available, including development environments for .NET, Java, robotics and intelligent systems, and support for Oracle, Matlab, and 3-D modeling and animation.

O’Connell Technology Center computing laboratories utilize several high-speed local area networks and are connected to the rest of the campus by Ethernet links. Wireless access is available in many campus buildings, including the O’Connell Technology Center. It is also possible for students to remotely access their accounts via high speed Internet connections.

The department houses the Institute for Research on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) and the Intelligent Systems Lab (ISL), providing robotics resources for curriculum, collaborative research, and outreach. The department is also a member of the Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance.

Student Organizations

Student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) international honor society are active on campus. Additionally, the Chico State Linux Users’ Group (CSLUG) and Network for Women in Technology (NeWT) and Computer Graphics Consortium (CGC) also provide opportunities for various student activities.

Cooperative Work Experience

The computer industry holds the department in high regard in part because of its active participation in the Cooperative Work Experience Program. Students are placed with firms such as IBM, ChevronTexaco, SUN, and Hewlett-Packard, and various government laboratories. Selected students stop-out for a term and a summer (six to eight months) and work in the field and receive normal employee salary and academic credit for their valuable experience.

Career Outlook

The computer enables society to keep abreast of increasing need for more and better information, opening up a wide range of computer-related jobs. Given the current expansion of science and technology, employment of trained computer scientists is expected to remain very high.


The B.S. in Computer Science degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700 Note: The highlighted is different from what appears in the printed catalog. What is displayed is current and correct. .