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Message from the Chair

WVU Tech department chair, Ranjith Munasinghe

Sixty years ago, very few people believed that Computer Science would become a formal academic discipline. Since then, no other field has made more fundamental contributions to science and to society. Computers have changed the way we live our lives. Modern services and activities such as communication, commerce, entertainment, education, travel and health care are hard to imagine without computers.

This has created an enormous demand for individuals with computing skills. Our Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Science and Information Systems train computing professionals to take up the exciting challenges created by revolutionary advances in computer technology.

Our degree programs combine solid core courses that emphasize theoretical depth with courses that provide hands-on learning and small classes facilitate one-on-one interaction with instructors. Faculty members hold advanced degrees in Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics coupled with years of combined industrial and research experience. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom and are committed to the highest standards in teaching excellence.

I invite you to browse our website to learn about our programs. If you are considering a major in Computer Science or Information Systems, I would be pleased to hear from you. I would also encourage you to visit the department to meet with faculty and current students.

Ranjith Munasinghe, Ph.D.  
Chair and Professor  
ranjith.munasinghe@mail.wvu.edu

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is to offer high-quality undergraduate programs that provide students with a strong foundation in the theory and practice of computing and to develop knowledgeable, responsible professionals and lifelong learners who are able to design and implement the latest computing technologies for the betterment of society.

Department Goals

The goals of Department of Computer Science and Information Systems are to:

  1. Maintain rigorous standards, promote critical thinking and emphasize the importance of professional ethics in dealing with societal issues of the information age.
  2. Promote hands-on learning and teamwork, facilitate exploration and creative design, and present opportunities to find innovative and practical solutions to real-world applications by means of curricular activities such as research projects, laboratory exercises and class projects.
  3. Promote faculty involvement in research, industry engagements and other scholarly activities so that the newest developments in the fields of computer science and information systems can be brought into the classroom.
  4. Expose students to lifelong learning by involving them in faculty research and scholarly activities.