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Computer Science Program. William Paterson University. Department of Computer Science. The Coach House. Department of Computer Science. New Home in 2011-2012. Highlights of Our Program.

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computer science program

Computer Science Program

William Paterson University

department of computer science1
Department of Computer Science

New Home in 2011-2012

highlights of our program
Highlights of Our Program
  • Accredited by ABET/CAC (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology/Computing Accreditation Commission)
  • Curriculum: Up-to-date, challenging, and flexible.
  • Computing facilities: State-of-the-art and fully networked computing systems
  • Work/Study and internship opportunities
  • Small class size
  • Institutionalized mentoring/lab assistants program.
  • Articulation agreement with College of Computing Sciences of NJIT
  • Build upon foundation math and science courses
  • Computer courses are balanced between theory and applications
  • Conforms to ABET & IEEE/ACM national standards
  • Wide range of upper level computer electives
  • Prepare students for a professional career or graduate study
  • Internship/Honors program/Indep. studies
  • Research opportunities
math foundation courses
Math Foundation Courses
  • MATH-160 Calculus I
  • MATH-161 Calculus II
  • MATH-324 Probability and Statistics
computer science core courses
Computer Science Core Courses
  • CS-230 Computer Science I
  • CS-240 Computer Science II
  • CS-260 Discrete Structures
  • CS-280 Assembler Language
  • CS-341 Digital Logic & Computer Organization
  • CS-341 Data Structures
  • CS-345 Operating systems
other required computer science courses
Other Required Computer Science Courses
  • CS-350 Software Engineering
  • CS-372 Design & Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS-382 Programming Languages
  • CS-480 Computer Science Seminar
computer science electives
Computer Science Electives
  • CS-399 Selected Topics
  • CS-402 Numerical Methods
  • CS-404 Computer Simulation
  • CS-405 Systems Programming
  • CS-410 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS-420 Compiler Construction
  • CS-430 Data Communications & Computer Networks
  • CS-440 Database Management
  • CS-441 Computer Architecture
  • CS-445 Theory of Computation
  • CS-461 Computer Graphics
internship honors computer science project indep studies
Internship/Honors Computer Science Project/Indep. Studies
  • CS-490 Honors Computer Science Project
  • CS-495 Internship
  • CS-499 Independent Studies


  • CS Minor (20 credits)
  • CIS Minor (18/19 credits)
  • CIT Major (Planned to start in 2011-2012)
computing facilities
Computing facilities
  • Three teaching computer labs in Atrium and many other computer labs on campus for general access
  • Three additional labs in Coach House exclusively for CS majors
  • Sun Microsystems server & workstations
  • Solaris UNIX and Windows XP Platforms
  • Lab computers are replaced every 3 years
  • Variety of application software packages
  • Fully networked (wired and wireless) environment
  • Students participate in lab administration and maintenance
small class size
Small Class Size
  • All classes are capped at 20
  • Upper level class average less than 15 students
  • All Computer Science major classes taught by full time faculty
student research
Student Research
  • Many students have been involved in research with faculty members (e.g., CfR in College of Science and Health, Dr. Kaufman’s NSF grant starts in 2007)
  • Students presented their papers with professors in prestigious national and international conferences (e.g., Sigma Xi Annual Conference at St. Joseph University, Annual Student Math Conference at Moravian College)
  • Current faculty research interests are in software engineering, databases, computer architecture, compiler, digital signal processing, optimization theory and algorithms, and logic foundation in computer science.
publish with students
Publish with Students
  • Erh-Wen Hu, Cyril S. Ku, Andrew T. Russo, Bogong Su, and Jian Wang, “Performance Analysis of Digital Signal processors Using SMV Benchmark,” International Journal of Signal Processing, Volume 5, Number 3, pages 223-230, Summer 2009.
  • Cyril S. Ku, Thomas J. Marlowe, Tatyana Budanskaya, and Philip K. Kang, “Software Engineering Design Patterns for Relational Databases,” Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP’07), CSREA Press, Volume II, pages 340-344, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-28, 2007.
  • Cyril S. Ku, Thomas J. Marlowe, Nathan M. Mantell, “Design Patterns across Software Engineering and Relational Databases,” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE-2006), Los Angeles, California, USA, pages 271-274, July 6-8, 2006.
  • Erh-Wen Hu, Cyril S. Ku, Andrew T. Russo, Bogong Su, and Jian Wang, “New DSP Benchmark based on Selectable Mode Vocoder (SMV),” Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Computer Design (CDES’06), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CSREA Press, pages 175-181, June 26-29, 2006.
work study opportunities
Work/Study Opportunities
  • Internal: many of CS majors work part-time with the Instruction and Research Technology (IRT) or with the department on tutoring and lab assistant program
  • External: many other Computer Science majors work part-time with local industries.
cs student organizations
CS Student Organizations
  • Computer Society (SGA)
  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter
  • UPE National Honor Society (more than 126 students have been inducted since 1988)
career opportunity
Career Opportunity
  • Starting salary is among the highest.
  • Computer Support Specialists and Computer Software Engineers are projected to be the biggest job gainers in the U. S. from 2000 to 2010 (Time Magazine, November 24, 2003). They are jobs with the greatest projected employment growth in New Jersey from 2000 to 2010 (Star-Ledger, January 25, 2004).
  • #1 (Software Engineer) and #7 (Computer/IT Analyst) best jobs in America for the next 10 years – 2004 to 2014 (MONEY Magazine and
  • Demand for computer software engineers will increase as computer networking continues to grow.
where do our graduates go a sample
Where Do Our Graduates Go (A Sample)?
  • Our graduates have been employed by IBM, Telcordia Technologies, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Verizon, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and many other companies.
  • Several have chosen to pursue graduate studies: many have gone to NJIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, SUNY at Stony Brook (1 received ‘Turner scholarship’ for Ph.D. in Computer Science), UMDNJ (1 in Biomedical Engineering), University of Delaware (1 Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, 1 Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005), Drexel University (2 with full research assistantships in Computer Science in 2004), William Paterson University (1 with assistantship in MBA).
  • Li-hsiang (Aria) Cheo, Ph.D., New York University
  • Erh-Wen Hu, Ph.D., Polytechnic Institute of New York
  • Linda Kaufman, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Cyril S. Ku, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • John Najarian, Ph.D., City University of New York
  • Gilbert Ndjatou, Ph.D., City University of New York
  • Bogong Su, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, China
  • Affordable education
  • Quality program
  • Stimulating learning environment
  • Caring faculty members
  • Many levels of support systems to help you succeed
  • Excellent career opportunities
more information
More Information?
  • For more information
    • Call CS Department at (973) 720-2649
    • E-mail the Department Chairperson, Dr. Cyril S. Ku at
    • Department Web page at