About Temple University
Temple University is an R1 (highest research activity) institution that serves more than 38,000 students and places in the top 55 among public colleges and Universitues by the U.S. News ranking. It is the 26th largest university and 6th largest provider of graduate school education in the United States. Located in the heart of Philadelphia (the 5th largest city in U.S. known for its arts, culture and history, and affordable living), Temple University is in close proximity to many companies specializing in information technology, health care, biotechnology, and finance.
About CIS Department
The CIS Department is a part of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. It is located in the state-of-the-art SERC (Science Education and Research Center) building. Recently celebrating its 50th year anniversary, CIS is one of the oldest computer science departments in the country and is experiencing growth both in academic and research programs. Over the last seven years, the CIS annual research revenue has grown more than three times, and both the undergraduate and graduate student enrollment has more than doubled. Based on its research productivity, CIS is ranked among the top 60 computer science departments in the U.S. according to the influential ARWU Shanghai ranking. The CIS Undergraduate program is ranked as the 45th best in the U.S. according to ComputerScience.org.
Fast Facts
  • 24 tenure-track faculty (5 Assistant, 9 Associate, 10 Full)
  • 22 instructional faculty
  • 15 adjunct faculty
  • 920 undergraduate majors (540 Computer Science, 330 Information Science and Technology, 50 Math and Computer Science)
  • 90% of our undergraduate students have job offers in IT before graduation, 60% of them have starting salary over $60K
  • 120 graduate students (60 M.S., 60 Ph.D.)
  • $3.3 million in external research funding in 2015
  • 17 of 23 tenure-track faculty have active research funding
  • Google Scholar h-index distribution of tenured faculty: >50(3), 30-50(3), 20-30(3), 15-20(4), 10-15(5), <10(1)
CIS Academic Programs
The CIS department provides a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Undergraduate Majors:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Science
B.S. and B.A. in Information Science and Technology
B.S. in Mathematics & Computer Science
B.S. in Mathematics & Computer Science with Teaching
B.S. in Computer Science & Physics
Because of the rapid pace of change in computer science and computing technology, the CIS Department continuously updates its curricula and course offerings. The Computer Science (CS) Program emphasizes the more foundational and basic systems side of computing. Students studying in the CS Program focus on the methodologies and technology of the development of basic computing tools and systems that serve as the foundation for the applications software that are used at home and in the workplace. Students in the Information Science and Technology (IS&T) Program focus more on the development and use of applications software and the technology underlying this software. Students in both programs begin their studies with coursework in procedural and object-oriented programming and in mathematics.
Undergraduate Minors and Certificates:
Minors in Computer Science
Minor in Information Science and Technology (IS&T),
Minor in Digital Media Technology
Certificate in Fundamentals of Programming
Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics
Certificate in Data Science: Computational Analytics
Graduate Programs:
Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science
M.S. in Information Science and Technology
M.S. in Computational Data Science
Professional Master of Science (P.S.M.) in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance
Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences
Joint Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Accelerated 4+1 Bachelors/Masters Degree Program
Dual Bachelor’s Master’s Degree Program
The Department also offers a variety of service courses for Temple students, including programming courses in Python, Java and C for non-majors. CIS has three General Eduction (Gen-Ed) courses that have received excellent praise, and great popularity: "Cyberspace and Society" and "Math for a Digital World", and "Technological Horizons: Information Technology in the 21st Century". A very popular introductory computing course, "Computers and Applications" is also offered for non-majors.
CIS Research
The CIS department faculty, students, and visiting scholars are actively involved in research and scholarly activities. Almost all of our tenure track faculty have research funding, supervise research of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, and are regularly publishing their results in peer-reviewed computer science conferences and journals. The CIS external funding comes from a multitude of sources, including NSF, NIH, US Air Force, DARPA, DOD, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as industry. In 2015, the CIS research expenditure from the external grants exceeded $3.3 million.
In addition to the research labs of the individual faculty, the CIS hosts two Research Centers, the Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics and the Center for Networked Computing, and is affiliated with the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine. The CIS Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics (DABI) is housed within the Department under the leadership of Prof. Zoran Obradovic. Areas of advanced research in this center include data mining, machine learning, medical and health informatics, computer vision, and information retrieval. The CIS Center for Networked Computing (CNC), directed by Prof. Jie Wu, is also housed in the Department. The mission of this center involves advanced research and education aimed toward solving challenging problems in computer networks and systems, and cyberspace security.
CIS Labs and Resources
The CIS Department has its own computer laboratories providing computer services for CIS students. Computer systems supported by the department include four computer laboratories of multi-core PC workstations (Linux and Windows). These workstations are for undergraduate and graduate level instruction and research. University computing resources are used in most introductory and service courses taught in CIS. The Temple University TECH Center provides 24 x 7 workstation, graphics, printing resources, and computing environments for CIS students..
The department’s computer networks are connected to the University computing facilities and to the Internet. The CIS department has a 10 Gbps connection to the University Network. Department teaching and research laboratory computer systems have a minimum of 1 Gbps connectivity. The department also offers wireless connectivity to the University's wireless networks with access points throughout the laboratory and office areas.