Computer scientists who graduate from Lehigh University go on to work in computer programming, software development, system administration, management, and research and development. They solve computational problems and design, implement and improve complex code, turning algorithms into usable products. They work in such fields as gaming, medical imaging, robotics, database and information systems, image processing and network security.
The main difference between computer science and computer engineering is that computer engineering focuses more on hardware, while computer science focuses more on software.
Lehigh's computer science program provides students with rigorous training in mathematics, science and computer science fundamentals while preparing them for the rapidly changing and ever-evolving field of computer science and information technology. Students collaborate with professors on cutting-edge research projects in areas such as gaming intelligence, intelligent web search, medical imaging, robotics, database and information systems, image processing and network security, through coursework and independent study.
The program promotes the essentials of the discipline—the fundamentals of discrete mathematics, structured programming, algorithms, computer architectures, operating systems and programming languages. Yet its flexible curriculum enables students to work with their advisors to tailor their educational experiences to individual interest areas that promote their individual path to professional development. The curriculum also includes courses that integrate computer science with other fields, such as biology, design and business.
The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department is committed to excellence in both education and research. Students and faculty conduct exciting research in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer engineering, computer networks, computer vision, information systems and web systems. The 16 faculty members in the department include two IEEE fellows, one ACM fellow and four NSF CAREER award winners.
This program is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.