Welcome to the home of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Northern Iowa!

This is a great time to be in computer science, especially at UNI. Demand for IT professionals in Iowa and the Midwest grows faster than universities can produce graduates. The discipline of computing continues to push the boundaries of what is possible by discovering new ideas, building new kinds of systems, and bring new tools into the home, school, and office. If you want to be in the thick of the intellectual excitement that is changing every other discipline, then computer science is the place to be.

At UNI, you will encounter a faculty immersed in this excitement and dedicated to student achievement. UNI CS's undergraduate students work closely with faculty members to explore the discipline of computing, learn skills they can use in the marketplace, and have the opportunity to do research that extends the field. The department is located in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, which occupies the renovated historic East Gym in the heart of UNI's picturesque campus.

UNI CS students at MINKWIC 2019

November 9, 2019
UNI Students Attend 2019 MINKWIC

This weekend, a group of UNI CS students traveled with Prof. Diesburg to MINKWIC, a regional tech conference that celebrates women in computing. MINKWIC gives students and faculty an opportunity to experience two days of tech talks, workshops, and networking, along with a career fair. The keynote speaker was Kim Wall of Atlassian.

July 1, 2019
Online Programming Class Has Gained International Attention

A free online Scratch programming course offered by UNI CS prof Ben Schafer has reached an international audience. Read more in today's Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.

January 16, 2019
CS Professor's Paper Nominated for "Test of Time" Award

Dr. Philip East, emeritus professor of Computer Science, is a co-author on one of the papers nominated for a Test of Time award, as part of the 50th anniversary of ACM's SIGCSE Technical Symposium. SIGCSE is the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education within ACM, the leading professional group of computing professionals worldwide. Dr. East's paper, Identifying Student Misconceptions of Programming, authored with faculty from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Illinois, was presented at the 2010 SIGCSE conference.

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As a discipline, computer science is relatively young and characterized by rapid technological advances. This dynamism is reflected in the interests of Mark Fienup, associate professor of computer science: Parallel computing, routing and computer networks, and computer science education are all greatly affected by the changing nature of computer science.... [more]

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