Departments

Mission

The mission of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is to educate the next generation of engineering and scientific innovators, to conduct leading-edge research of societal significance within and across traditional academic disciplines, and to prepare our students to assume leadership positions in the creation, application, and use of technology. All of our programs are constructed on rigorous scientific and mathematical fundamentals to prepare students for the arc of a three-decade, or longer, career. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences produces graduates prepared for successful careers in industry, government, academia, and research.

Department of Computer Science

Computer science students learn about algorithms (a set of rules that represent the computations performed by computers), their basic components (sequence, selection, and loop), 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 Information Science

Students in this field learn how information is originated, represented, organized, retrieved and utilized. The MSIS program prepares students to interact with the users of information, equipping them to work as information professionals in careers such as information technology specialist, librarian, records manager, archivist, media specialist and others. Affiliated faculty expand the reach of the Information Science Ph.D. program into new interdisciplinary academic and research programs across the campus.

The Information Science Department is also home to the undergraduate Informatics program. 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.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is home to the Computer Engineering program. Students in Computer Engineering study an ever-evolving list of topics including the design and development of advanced computer systems, networks, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, and embedded systems. Industries in communications systems, high speed and embedded computing, computer hardware and software design all compete for computer engineering graduates.

Next Steps

Student and Professor in computing lab. To understand how these four departments may help advance specific interests in the fields of engineering, computing, and information visit the "Selecting a Program" page.

Learn more about applying for admission to an undergraduate program in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a freshman or a transfer student. Visit the University at Albany's Undergraduate Admissions web site to apply to the University or to arrange a visit to tour the campus.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree, learn more about applying for graduate study in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Visit the University at Albany's Graduate Education web site to keep track of specific application requirements and deadlines for admission or to apply to the University as a graduate student.