About us

Welcome to Computer Science at Hood

Professor Xinlian Liu

We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, minors in web development and computer science, and three graduate degrees. Our graduate programs are the Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity.

Having both undergraduate and graduate programs is an advantage for a small college; it enables us to offer an evolving curriculum with both breadth and depth.

Our students include about 40 upper-division undergraduate majors and more than 100 graduate students.

The department has eight full-time faculty members and a number of highly qualified part-time faculty who are working professionals in their fields. Our dedicated faculty and small class sizes ensure that students are able to work closely with faculty in all courses, especially at the upper-division and graduate levels.

The Department of Computer Science shares the Hodson Science and Technology Center with Hood's other science and mathematics departments. Facilities for our courses include a Linux lab, a Windows lab, and research space used for robotics and senior projects. We manage our own servers, with one dedicated to general programming courses and one to database and web applications. All students in our programs have a continuing account throughout their stay at Hood. The College provides a wireless network that can be accessed from many of the areas in the building.

Computer science study is more than coursework. The department sponsors an active local ACM student chapter and computer science club, open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students can also enjoy the camaraderie of training and competition on programming teams, teams that have represented the College very successfully in regional collegiate contests. The campus offers a wide range of academic, study, social, and recreational spaces and activities.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me. I wish you every success in your study with us.

Sincerely,
Xinlian Liu
Chairperson, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
liu@hood.edu

Location

The department is located in Hood’s Hodson Science and Technology Center. which provides up-to-date labs, classrooms, seminar rooms and comfortable study spaces.

Our faculty offices are on the second floor of Hodson. We have classrooms and labs on several floors of the building.

Hodson Tech also houses other science departments and mathematics, which invites interaction and collaboration on projects.

I-270 Technology Corridor

We are located at the upper end of the I-270 Technology Corridor. The Corridor extends between Frederick, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and hosts a large concentration of high-tech businesses and government agencies. Many government agencies, software development companies and consulting firms are a short drive from campus and offer internship opportunities for students, as well as regular employment after graduation.

Facilities

PDP-8

Things have changed a lot since we acquired our first academic computer, a DEC PDP-8 shown in the photograph, more than four decades ago.

Today computer science classes make use of a dedicated Linux lab and a research and projects facility. Computer science students also have access to public Windows-based PC laboratories on campus, including five in Hodson. Departmental servers can be accessed from all campus labs, from dorm rooms, and from off campus. The Information Assurance Lab of the CCSIA has dedicated resources for classes in forensics and network security. The campus provides wireless Internet access in academic, residential, and administrative buildings.

The computer labs are generally open on weekends and there is 24-hour access to the servers. The College provides wireless access to the campus network in selected locations, including the Whitaker Campus Center and most areas in Hodson.

Campus computing facilities are administered by the Hood College Information Technology department. The IT Department’s Labs page, on the main Hood web site, gives a complete listing of campus labs.

Students intending to study computer science are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer to campus. Notebook computers may be used for note taking in classes.

Through a contract arrangement with Microsoft Education Division, students currently taking courses at the department can obtain most Microsoft software products for free for academic purposes.


Network and lab access

When you register for classes at Hood, you are automatically assigned a username and password that gives access to the campus network and to your Hood email account. Tech support is available from the IT department's End User Computing (EUC) weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; phone 301-696-3622 or email euc@hood.edu. The EUC office is located on the fourth floor of the Alumnae Hall. They usually have staff available in Whitaker Campus Center during the drop-add period at the beginning of each regular semester to help new users get on the system.

The IT department’s Helpdesk FAQs, on the main Hood web site, includes information about network access, network storage, using the email system, and network printing services.

You will need a separate username and password to use the Computer Science department’s Linux lab and servers. If you take a class that uses these facilities, your instructor will give you the necessary information.

Hood provides wireless in major buildings on campus, including most areas of Hodson. For more information about the wireless access, see the Hood IT department's Network Access.

Mission

Graduation 2011

The purpose of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is to address existing and emerging student and community needs in information technology and computer science through high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, research in collaboration with industry and government, and service to the College, professional societies, and the community.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that supports collaborative research and development with both faculty and students; encourages innovative thinking and scholarship; values diversity and respect for individuals; and fosters ethical behavior and life-long learning.

The College

Mission

Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement. (Approved June 9, 2016 by the Hood College Board of Trustees)

See the Hood College web site for an expanded statement of the Hood College vision, mission, commitments, and core values.

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