Welcome to Computer Science
Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science has been an incubator for teaching and conducting leading-edge technology-focused research for nearly 50 years.
We operate in an experiential, hands-on learning environment that goes beyond the classroom as we prepare students for careers in technology that are wide-ranging: from expertise in human-computer interaction that allows us to decipher our relationship to emergent and everchanging technology, to systems research that answers industry calls for more efficient and secure computing systems, to computational biology and drug discovery that significantly shortens the time it takes to bring lifesaving drugs to market, computer science at Virginia Tech has never been a more vibrant and far- reaching discipline of study.
We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. The department is invested in preparing graduates in computer science that will lead industry into new technological frontiers in cybersecurity, data analytics, machine learning, software engineering, systems, and even the final frontier of space. Just ask one of our alumni, Dave Lavery; he's led missions to Mars.
The Department of Computer Science is committed to excellence in diversity and has been a champion of promoting underrepresented populations in STEM for decades. Since 2007 the percentage of undergraduate women enrolled in our program has risen from 4 percent to 18 percent and our number of women teaching faculty has risen from four to nine. We also have a strong presence at leading diversity-focused conferences such as Tapia and the Grace Hopper Celebration where our students have been recognized not only for their commitment to diversity, but also for their comprehensive research.
We attract faculty that excel in their fields and to date faculty have garnered 13 National Science Foundation CAREER Awards and had $11 million in research expenditures in 2017-18.
We also boast strong corporate and industry partnerships through our Computer Science Resources Consortium with over 90 companies that participate in spring and fall career fairs, numerous student engagement opportunities, and capstone sponsorship.
Our undergraduate program offers five tracks of study: Human Computer Interaction; Knowledge, Information and Data; Media/Creative Computing; Scientific Computing; and Systems and Networking at our Blacksburg campus. Our graduate programs in Blacksburg and the National Capital Region offer a rich research-focused environment producing 50 master's graduates and 25 Ph.D. graduates every year. Our online master’s program in information technology was ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
We aren’t slowing down either. The recent announcement of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia will allow our programs to stretch and grow in ways that will make the commonwealth and Virginia Tech a true hub of technology and information on the East Coast.