Computer Science Department, Sonoma State University

Department News

Welcome back

We hope our students, faculty, and staff have had a wonderful break and are ready to start the Spring semester in a few days. Welcome back!

Spring 2017 schedule (updated 10/27/2016)

Here is our Spring 2017 schedule. It is not final, but future changes are going to be minor. The Electives are Artificial Intelligence (CS 480) and Computer Security (CS 340). Please note that on 10/27, the meeting time for CS 252 was updated.

New faculty: Dr. Mark Gondree

The CS Department welcomes Dr. Mark Gondree, our newest assistant professor. Dr. Gondree was most recently an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

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 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.