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Welcome to Computer Science


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The Department of Computer Science has been an incubator for innovative teaching and leading-edge research for more than 50 years. Guided by our core values, we pursue our mission and vision in the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Research Strengths and Impact
Productive faculty and students with strong tradition of interdisciplinary research

  • Close to 70 faculty members, including 56 tenured or tenure-track faculty, and 17 NSF CAREER Award winners
  • Faculty size slated to grow to more than 100 over the next 5-7 years
  • Research strengths in a broad set of strategic areas, including: 
    • Computational biology and bioinformatics
    • Computational science and high-performance computing 
    • Data analytics, machine learning, and NLP
    • Digital education
    • Human computer interaction 
    • Mathematical Foundations
    • Security
    • Software engineering
    • Systems
  • $11M in research expenditures in 20/21
  • Department-affiliated research centers include: Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, STACK@VT, and the Center for Synergistic Environments for Experimental Computing.
  • Extensive involvement with major university research institutes and initiatives, including CCI, FBRI, FLSI, Hume, ICAT, ICTAS, ISCE, and VTTI.

Undergraduate Programs
Majors in Computer Science, Data-Centric Computing, and Secure Computing  

  • 1,384 students (Sophomore, Junior, Senior); 16% women
  • 365 BS degrees awarded in 20/21
  • Ranked 31st by U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Programs
Programs in Blacksburg and the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area offer research-focused PhD and MS degrees and practitioner-focused MEng degree

  • 214 PhD, 132 MS, and 272 MEng students, 27% women
  • 33 PhD, 69 MS, and 21 MEng degrees awarded in 20/21
  • Ranked 40th by U.S. News & World Report

Additional Degree Programs
Department contributes to several additional degree programs, including:

  • Minors in computer science, cybersecurity, and human-computer interaction
  • Bachelors of science in computational modeling and data analytics
  • Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Online masters of information technology, ranked 1st for veterans and 4th in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report

College of Engineering
Part of Virginia Tech's comprehensive and highly ranked College of Engineering

  • The College is led by Dean Julia Ross
  • Extensive collaborations that span the College of Engineering as well as with numerous departments in other Virginia Tech colleges

Blacksburg Campus
Virginia Tech's main campus in beautiful Southwest Virginia

  • Currently occupy more than 70,000 square feet, primarily in two buildings: Torgersen Hall and KnowledgeWorks II
  • Space will nearly double with two new buildings slated to open in 2023

Washington, D.C. Area and the Innovation Campus
Strategic location offers unique opportunities for research and partnerships

  • CS graduate degrees offered for more than 40 years, with facilities in Falls Church and Arlington, VA
  • Poised for dramatic growth with launching of the new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA

Administrative Leadership and Support
Diverse team leads a broad set of academic, research, and external engagement activities

  • Leadership group includes four associate department heads and multiple area directors
  • Six person IT staff supports extensive computing resources
  • Five person fiscal staff includes support for proposal preparation and management, and human resources
  • Dedicated coordinators lead efforts in communication and marketing, corporate partnerships, and alumni relations