About Us


Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. Our Department offers the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity, the Master's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology, and the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering.

Our Department is a nationally top-ranked department with outstanding faculty and successful graduates. Our graduates are in high demand in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the state and nation. Our Department has a strong focus on research and recruitment of students from underrepresented population. Our Department is ranked in the top one-third of all Computer Science programs by the NRC Research Quality metric in the 2010 data-based assessment of research-doctorate programs. Additional rankings from ASEE include:

A great department is built on great faculty. Our Department has 25 tenure-stream faculty and 10 full-time instructors. Our faculty includes IEEE, AAAS, IAPR, and AIMBE Fellows, 10 NSF CAREER award recipients, and one Distinguished University Professor. Our faculty values research, teaching, and service. Multiple faculty members have been awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching awards from the University. Our faculty members are very involved with service to professional societies (such as IEEE-CS and ACM) and to the community.

Research strengths of the Department include artificial intelligence and intelligent systems, computer and network security, computer vision and pattern recognition, computing education research, databases, distributed systems, graphics and visualization, location-aware information systems, networks, programming languages, robotics, VLSI, computer architecture, and parallel processing.

In the 2015 - 2016 academic year, research grants awarded to Department faculty totaled $3,080,061. Research expenditures by Department faculty totaled $1,523,627. In the same year, the Department awarded 175 BS, 41 MS, and 10 PhD degrees. In Fall 2015, enrollment was 715 undergraduate students and 142 graduate students (of which 85 were PhD students). In total, the Department has about 33% of all undergraduate students in the College when including "pre" students (these are students who have declared a major in the Department, but have not yet met admission requirements). Last year, the percentage of women in the three BS programs was 14.2%, in the three MS programs was 27.2%, and in the PhD program was 14.3%. For the BS and MS programs, this is an increase from 5 years ago.

We have Teaching and Research Assistantships available for PhD students that include a stipend and tuition waiver. For undergraduates, we offer a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, connections for internship opportunities with companies in the Tampa Bay area, and the opportunity to do meaningful capstone design projects in conjunction with local companies. We are located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, which has several of the top-ranked beaches in the world, a sunny climate, and many opportunities for recreation as well as cultural activities.


Sudeep Sarkar
Professor and Chair