Ohio is home to several nationally ranked computer science schools. The top ranked computer science departments are located at established universities with strong reputations in the various engineering fields. U.S. News & World Report established its list of the top programs in the nation in 2010 based on surveys completed by faculty members in the computer science field in colleges and universities across the United States. Three Ohio schools emerged as clear leaders within the state.
Ohio State University
Ohio State University is home to the state's highest ranked computer science department. At No. 28 in the nation, the university's program is among the top-tier programs nationwide. Ohio State offers students numerous programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Undergraduate students can pursue bachelor of science degrees in computer science and engineering or computer and information science. A bachelor of arts degree is also offered in computer and information science.
Students can further their studies by pursuing the master of science degree as part of a dual degree program in conjunction with the bachelor of science. The M.S. program has two tracks: one in research and one that emphasizes coursework.
A Ph.D. is also offered at the graduate level. Within the doctoral program students can pursue a concentration in interdisciplinary studies or even a minor in applied software engineering.
Ohio State University Computer Science and Engineering 395 Dreese Laboratories Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-5813 www.cse.ohio-state.edu
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was ranked No. 63 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers an integrated bachelor of science and master of science program. Students graduate from the program with both degrees. A traditional bachelor of science degree in computer science is also offered.
At the graduate degree level, CWRU offers both the master of science and the Ph.D. in computer science along with computer engineering, electrical engineering and systems and control engineering. Fields of research offered within the computer science graduate programs include distributed systems and pervasive networks; bioinformatics, computational biology and computational genomics; and data mining and visualization.
Case Western Reserve University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Glennan Building Room 320 Cleveland, OH 44106 216-368-2800 www.eecs.case.edu
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati's Department of Computer Science was ranked No. 99 by U.S. News & World Report, making it the third top-100 program in the state. The university offers the bachelor of science in computer science in the traditional four-year format, but it also offers the integrated B.S./M.S. program that allows students to obtain both in the same amount of time. A minor is also offered in the field.
Graduate study leads to either the M.S. in computer science or a master of engineering in computer science. The school also offers a Ph.D. in the field. Graduate research in the discipline is focused on the areas of computer and network security, wireless and sensor networks, intelligent information processing and theory and algorithms.
University of Cincinnati Department of Computer Science 814 Rhodes Hall Cincinnati, OH 45221 513-556-4461 www.cs.uc.edu
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