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 (4+1) 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 which is also available online.

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, logic design, and embedded systems. 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 offers courses in algorithms, software engineering, performance evaluation, artificial intelligence, database, and computer networks. In addition, upperclassmen may participate in cutting edge research areas such as:

  • Aerial robotics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Systems
  • Database and data mining
  • E-Health
  • E-commerce and web-based services
  • Information assurance/security
  • Mobile networks and distributed systems
  • Multimedia and bio-imaging
  • Visualization and immersive environments
  • Security, privacy and forensics

CECS Department Highlights

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

  • The only BS degree program in the commonwealth with both computer science and computer engineering accreditations
  • Four faculty recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards
  • Co-Founder of the Louisville Regional Computer Forensics Lab
  • Designate as a Center of Educational Excellent in Cyber Defense Education
  • Member of the Logistics and Distribution Institute
  • Internationally recognized faculty
  • Vibrant and active student body involved in the community and the profession
  • State-of-the-art computer and networking laboratories
  • Recognized leader in offering an online MS in Computer Science