History of CECS

The Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department (CECS) offers two accredited degrees:

  • The four-year bachelor of science degree (B.S.) which is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET).
  • The five-year master of engineering degree (M.Eng.) which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC/ABET).

The department also offers a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering.

As freshmen and sophomores, students develop a solid foundation in science and engineering principles along with a background in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Courses include mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science fundamentals, programming, computer graphics, circuit analysis, logic design and computer interfacing. Laboratory facilities and three semesters of on-the-job learning through the Cooperative Education Program provide hands-on experience.

The curriculum for juniors and seniors focuses on artificial intelligence, computer simulation and computer electronics design, microcontrollers and microprocessors, software engineering, and computer networks. In addition, upperclassmen may participate in cutting edge research areas such as:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Database and data mining
  • E-commerce and web-based services
  • Information assurance/security
  • Aerial robotics and intelligent systems
  • Intelligent systems and robotics
  • Mobile networks and distributed systems
  • Multimedia and bio-imaging
  • Software engineering, client-server applications and database applications
  • Security, privacy and forensics


CECS Department Highlights

Research funding comes from diverse sources including the National Science Foundation, Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, NASA, U.S. Army and several industrial partnerships:

  • The only BS program in the commonwealth with both computer science and computer engineering accreditations
  • Three faculty recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards
  • Co-Founder of the Louisville Regional Computer Forensics Lab
  • Recipient of two levels of NSA Information Assurance Certifications
  • Member of the Logistics and Distribution Institute
  • A prominent partner in the University of Louisville’s nationally recognized work in bioterrorism
  • Internationally recognized faculty
  • Vibrant and active student body involved in the community and the profession
  • State-of-the-art computer and networking laboratories