Computer Science Department, Sonoma State University

Department News

Welcome back!

Classes resume on October 18 after the terrible fires. Please contact your academic advisor if there's anything they can help you with. For financial and counseling resources, your best bet is the NomaCares center in Schulz 3001. The University FAQ is being regularly updated with resources.

SmokeSense app

The EPA is promoting the SmokeSense app as a way to provide data on how smoke affects health and productivity. By coincidence, this app was created by recent SSU graduates who work at Sonoma Technology.

Dr. Gill earns NSF grant

Congratulations to Dr. Gill and Dr. Matty Mookerjee (Geology) for their funded NSF grant, “EarthCube Data Infrastructure: Collaborative Proposal: A unified experimental-natural digital data system for analysis of rock microstructures” ($93,791).

The Computer Science Department at Sonoma State University provides a cutting-edge curriculum with an emphasis on hands-on experience. Our small classes, teaching-focused faculty, strong student clubs and community come together to make learning a fun, interesting, and valuable experience.

The CS Department was founded in 1982. It currently consists of 6 full-time permanent tenured or tenure-track faculty, 9 lecturers, and approximately 350 undergraduate Computer Science majors and minors. Sonoma State University is surrounded by leading industrial organizations in software, telecom, biotech, and other computer and technological fields. The SSU Computer Science Department is a member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance.

The CS Department offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Minor in Computer Science. The CS Department strives to provide students with a broad, fundamental background in computer science which will enable them, upon graduation, to work in industry, pursue graduate study, or both. Our curriculum is aligned with the latest recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery and includes core coursework in programming, hardware design, computer architecture, database management, software engineering, operating systems, programming languages, and foundations of theoretical computer science. Elective courses are offered in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, compiler design, embedded systems, graphics, malware, networking and the internet, parallel computing, data compression, game programming, security, wireless networks, and other areas. Additional study in elective areas, internship experience, independent projects and individual research with CS faculty is encouraged.

The Department maintains its own computing facilities, which include student labs of iMacs double or triple booting OS X, Windows, and/or Linux, multiple servers, and facilities for embedded systems and networking.

The Department hosts a thriving intellectual interchange with its weekly Computer Science Colloquium lecture series.