Mar 03, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Art Carter, Chairperson
Davis Hall 008, (540) 831-5381  

Undergraduate Program

The Computer Science and Technology and Information Science and Systems programs prepare students for a variety of rewarding careers in industry and government and for graduate study. The Computer Science Concentration of the Computer Science and Technology program and the Information Science and Systems program are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Such accreditation is based on an evaluation of the department’s faculty, curriculum, computing resources, students and institutional support. There are six laboratories available for students within the department with hardware including Cisco networking equipment, PC computers, and software including an Oracle Database and platforms ranging from Linux to Windows to macOS.  Students in the department are not required to purchase their own computers; instead, all courses can be completed using equipment in the department’s laboratories. The department requires its students to use multiple platforms and to learn multiple languages (including Java). Many students go on to take coursework in other languages (e.g. C, C#, C++, Ada, PHP) and specialized platforms appropriate to their concentration. In this way, graduates of the program have a diverse background and are better able to handle the rapid pace of change in industry.


Minors are available to students not already pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Systems. Fifty percent of the hours required for the minor must be completed at Radford University. A student must have a 2.0 or higher GPA in the minor. A student may not receive a minor in both computer science and information technology or in both information systems and information technology.

Laptop requirements

i5/i7 processor
high capacity battery if available
RAM:  16GB recommended and 8GB required
HD:   512GB SSD recommended and 256GB SSD required
Warranty:  3 year onsite with accidental damage
Either Windows 10 or OS/X with a Windows 10 dual boot installed

Graduate Program

The college also offers a Master of Science in Data and Information Management. Exceptional undergraduate students at Radford University enrolled in the Computer Science and Technology or Information Science and Systems undergraduate programs may apply for the accelerated program and complete requirements for the baccalaureate and master’s degrees in five rather than six years. To learn more about this program, go to

Academic Programs

Computer Science and Technology, B.S.  

Computer Science Minor  

Cybersecurity, B.S.  

Information Science and Systems, B.S.  

Information Security Certificate  

Information Systems Minor  

Information Technology Minor