Department of Computer Science
The Saint Louis University Department of Computer Science is committed to the development and study of computing technologies for the greater good of humanity.
Hear about the Department of Computer Science from faculty members.
About the Department
At the undergraduate level, our students gain technical skills that allow them to creatively develop computational solutions to complex problems, relying on both in-depth knowledge of computing systems and computer science theory. Our curriculum provides flexibility so that students choose advanced electives that shape their education to meet diverse career goals (e.g., computer security, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, software engineering).
At the graduate level, we offer master's programs in computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Furthermore, we offer accelerated bachelors/masters curricula that allow a student to complete both an undergraduate computer science major or minor and one of our master's programs in a combined five years.
Student engagement is a priority at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This begins in the classroom, where a typical class has 20-30 students and meets regularly in one of our computer labs. This format allows for plenty of student-faculty interaction, student teamwork and project-based learning. The student engagement continues through innovative capstone projects and with students working directly with faculty members on research projects (in several cases with students presenting their results at conferences).
Our department faculty are renowned scholars and educators who lead these activities. They design and deliver the educational experiences, and are the principal investigators in cutting-edge research. Collectively the faculty serve in leadership positions at professional organizations, publish and present their work in the top national and international venues, have created and presented innovative educational techniques, and have authored textbooks used by hundreds of institutions worldwide.
Research in the department is funded by grants from both government and private organizations. Recently funded projects include exploration of:
- Plant root reconstruction from 3D imaging
- Serverless architectures for integration of geospatial data involving Missouri agriculture
- Resilient network-edge computing that can be deployed in man-made or natural disasters
- Large-scale metagenomic analysis using cloud computing
- Development of a virtual reality interface for command of UAVs
- Shape analysis and reconstruction from 3D point clouds
- Mobile computing for real-time data collection in a study of alcohol use among college students
- Computational linguistics to support endangered languages
- Innovative training in bioinformatics
- Core algorithmic research in computational geometry and topology