Academic Departments in CCI

As one of the world’s first colleges of computing and information, CCI is a unique community of leading educators and researchers and talented students, positioned at the forefront of the information society. CCI’s three departments complement and reinforce each other to provide students with a comprehensive education in:
  • How information is acquired, maintained and used
  • What the capabilities of technology are
  • How knowledge and skills are best applied to help organizations advance

The departments provide a focused integration of disciplines

Department of Computer Science
Students here learn about algorithms (a set of rules for computations) and the problems they might solve. Computer Science leads to careers in programming, systems analysis, network administration, database development, security analysis, IT, software engineering, and more.

Department of Informatics 
Informatics is concerned with applying technology to specific disciplines, with targeted programs in government, education, business, sciences and the humanities. Informatics courses complement all disciplines at UAlbany by introducing an IT perspective (e.g., programming, online searching and database application) to any field. Affiliated Informatics faculty expand the reach of the Information Science Ph.D. program into new interdisciplinary academic and research programs with units all across the campus.

 Department of Information Studies
Students in this field learn how information is originated, represented, organized, retrieved and how it is used. In preparing students to interact with the users of information, it educates them for careers such as information technology specialist, librarian, records manager, archivist, media specialist and others.

To understand how these three departments may help advance specific interests in the fields of computing and information visit the "Selecting a Program" page.