College of Computing & Informatics

The College of Computing & Informatics provides a focal point for the broad range of inquiry related to computation and information. The College addresses both theory and practice along dimensions that include technical, human, organizational, policy, and societal considerations. This broad expertise positions the College’s education and research programs to address the complex, multi-disciplinary problems that are increasingly common as society becomes ever more dependent on information technology.

Founded in fall 2013, the College unites the faculty, staff, and students from the former College of Information Science and Technology (the iSchool), the Department of Computer Science from the College of Engineering and the Department of Computing and Security Technology from Goodwin College of Professional Studies. For more information, please visit the College’s website.

About the College

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) offers a number of undergraduate degrees in computer science, computing & security technology, data science, information systems, and software engineering. The degree programs are open to freshmen and transfers from other departments at Drexel and other universities. Students have access to the computing facilities available to all Drexel students.

The College educates professionals through its interdisciplinary programs to meet a wide range of needs in the computing and informatics fields to benefit all sectors of society.

Transfer admission for traditional undergraduate programs occurs in the fall term only due to the sequence of required courses. Internal transfer students can be admitted at any term. Admission to the BS online completion program in computing & security technology is offered on a rolling basis. Please contact an undergraduate advisor for more information.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education emphasizes career management through experiential learning as an integral part of the education process. The co-op is based on employment in practical, major-related positions consistent with the interests, abilities, and aptitudes of the students.

For more general information on Drexel University's co-op opportunities, visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center.

About Computer-Related Disciplines

Drexel offers real choices among majors that are genuinely distinct. By learning more about computer-related disciplines, students can decide which discipline is best suited to their interests:

Data Science

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Note: Students will be accepted into this program beginning Fall 2016.

Data Science majors are prepared to meet the challenges presented by the explosive growth of very large scale data sources and develop the knowledge and skills to address this growth for the benefit of individuals and organizations.

Students who are interested in solving big data problems and/or improving technology using large, disparate data sources should consider a major in data science.


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Note: Effective Fall 2016, students will no longer be accepted into this program. Students are encouraged to apply for the BS in Data Science program, which encompasses the content of the BS in Informatics program while adding additional coverage in computational techniques.

Informatics majors learn to define information needs of individuals and organizations; select and transform data to increase usefulness for solving particular problems; analyze and synthesize big, unstructured data to create actionable information; create information visualizations for big data exploration and presentation; manage very large volume data sources from acquisition through disposal, and secure, preserve, and control access to data in a manner consistent with legal and organizational considerations.

Information Systems

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Information systems analysts and designers spend most of their time learning how to elicit system requirements from users, modeling these requirements, building and testing prototypes, developing software specifications, designing and developing graphical user interfaces, and evaluating the organizational effectiveness of information systems.

Students who are interested in designing requirements-driven information systems should consider a major in information systems.

Information Technology

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Note: Effective Fall 2016, students will no longer be accepted into this program. Students are encouraged to apply for the BS in Computing & Security Technology program, which encompasses the content of the BS in Information Technology program plus a significant expansion in coverage of computer security technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program integrates closely with Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) program. The two degrees share a common freshman year and the same set of major courses, but they have different requirements. The difference is in the nature of specialization in upper-level courses. The BSIT is aimed at students who want a degree focused on applied information technology — but with an emphasis on IT infrastructure rather than applications in business.

Software Engineering

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Drexel's software engineering program focuses on the application of processes, methods, and tools to building and maintaining quality computer software, at a predictable cost, on a predictable schedule.

Students in this major learn to appropriately apply discrete mathematics, probability, statistics, and relevant topics in computer science and supporting disciplines to complex software systems, and to work in one or more significant application domains designing software.

Students interested in analyzing, designing, verifying, validating, implementing, applying and maintaining software systems should consider a major in software engineering.

Computer Science

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Computer science majors spend most of their time studying and designing algorithms, implementing them into software systems, and improving their performance. Study of theories and techniques are covered in such courses as object-oriented programming, analysis of algorithms, software engineering, and programming language concepts. Areas of application range from operating systems to artificial intelligence, scientific computing to computer networks, and expert systems to computer graphics.

Students interested in enhancing the performance of computers via software and related technology should consider a major in computer science.

Computer Engineering

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Computer engineers work for computer and microprocessor manufacturers; manufacturers of digital devices for telecommunications, peripherals, electronics, control, and robotics; software engineering; the computer network industry; and related fields. A degree in computer engineering can also serve as an excellent foundation to pursue graduate professional careers in medicine, law, business, and government.

Management Information Systems (MIS)

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Combining the science, technology, and theory of information systems with an advanced knowledge of business functionality is the aim of management information specialists. The Management Information Systems concentration emphasizes human-computer interaction and the practical applications of computer systems in business, including effective data management and efficient systems of information relay. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of business settings.

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