Why Study at JCSU?

At JCSU, we understand that experience is the best teacher.

That’s why we offer our students countless opportunities for hands-on research with impressive project topics and big-name organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to spend your summer building professional websites, creating apps and games, analyzing data using data mining techniques, developing solutions for cybersecurity issues, investigating genomics data using bioinformatics tools, and conducting applied research— you’ll get paid for it too.

Not only do we provide exciting high-tech research opportunities, our faculties are dedicated to developing a one-on-one relationship with you so you get the most out of your JCSU education.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Computer Science and Engineering(CSE) Department Highlights

  • ranked in the top 1% of all universities in the country as a leading producer of African-American undergrads majoring in computer and information systems by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
  • Three students are named as HBCU All-Stars by the White House Initiative.
  • Launched the “Google Applied CS” program in partnership with Google.
  • Established relationships and partnership to advance STEM talent pipeline for corporations including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, Google, Microsoft, and etc.

So what does that mean for you?

It means that at JCSU, we give you the support system you need to excel in your courses and in your future career. We won’t throw you into your major classes and expect you to sink or swim on your own.

All students in our program will have a dedicated advisor who will help them:

  • Plan their course of study
  • Choose the right classes
  • Help them get the support they need if they fall behind in class

Exciting Research Opportunities with Cutting-edge Technologies

  • 20 students participated one-week on-campus summer camps supported by the DHS Center of Excellence in summer 2016. Students also received on-campus housing and stipends.
  • Nine Students worked faculty members to conduct a 4-week summer research projects funded by DHS Center of Excellence. Students also received on-campus housing and stipends in summer 2016.
  • Four students won awards in national and regional undergraduate research conference. More than 20 students were accepted into graduate programs with full scholarships in the past five years.
  • Student in our Department of Computer Science and Engineering have the opportunity to build and develop robotic systems used to meet the requirements of real-world situations.
  • Our students are also able to get the best hands-on experience in the STEM fields through research with government agencies, such as Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, and etc. 

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

Computer Science and Engineering Department has a strong emphasis on faculty-students research collaboration. Participation in undergraduate research is very effective for improving student learning, especially those research projects which are collaborative, investigative, project-based, and inquiry-based.

 We have established programs to help recruit, retain and graduate minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields funded by multiple government grants, including National Science Foundation(NSF) HBCU-UP, NSF OASIS, NSF Carolina Cyber Defense Scholarship, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (2008-2015) and new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (2016-2020).

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

We offer our majors several organizations for socializing with professors and fellow students. These extracurricular activities also provide a great support system for minority students majoring in STEM.

Students in our department are involved in:

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.


The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1053.