Welcome to Computer Science
About the Department
The Computer Science Department at the US Naval Academy houses the Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) majors. Both majors provide an exciting curriculum that meets the needs of newly appointed naval officers serving in the fleet.
This nationally recognized department is dedicated to remaining on the leading edge of research and technology. Both the CS and IT majors are dynamic and vital components of the Naval Academy's academic program.
CS and IT are consistently listed at the top of major "best jobs" reports. It often ranks #1 in terms of salary, job satisfaction, and career progression.
Find out more here, including what the President has to say about this critical field of study.
The department is home to 9 civilian Ph.D. professors, 8 military faculty, and a handful of distinguished visitors. Our faculty offer a range of exciting electives, integrate cutting edge research into the classroom, and many students pursue one-on-one research with faculty.
Information for Prospective Students
Explore the Majors
Spend some time learning and comparing the CS and IT majors. Detailed information about both majors, including why it is important to the Navy, can be found on our short introduction page.
Many students from across the Yard choose a dual major with either CS or IT. In fact, double majoring in both CS and IT is a popular option given the overlap in content.
Visit the dual major page for helpful details and dual major matrices.
Recent Events and News
MIDN Participate in Supercomputing Conference
Ten CS and IT majors traveled to Denver, CO to attend the Supercomputing (SC19) conference with over 10k other scientists, researchers, and engineers. They had the chance to attend tutorials on topics ranging from parallel computing to quantum computing, as well as walk the gigantic Exhibit Hall where hundreds of companies and organizations host booths to showcase their recent technology.
Women and Minorities in Computing
In January 2019, led by Associate Profesor Adina Crainiceanu and Captain Jaspreet Blevins of Computer Science, 20 midshipmen traveled to West Point to participate in the Jean Bartik Computing Symposium, bringing women and underrepresented minorities from computing disciplines at the service academies together with military and government computing professionals. Midshipman 2/C Jamie Lee received the Betty Award for the best student presentation at the symposium, and Midshipman 1/C Catherine Griswold placed third in the student presentations competition.
New GPU Hardware
In January 2019, in an effort led by Associate Professor Nate Chambers of Computer Science, the Center for High Performance Computing brought online a new state-of-the-art GPU machine that provides more computational power in a single unit than any other machine on the Yard. This advanced computer is available to faculty and midshipmen studying neural networks and performing other GPU-enabled research.
Natural Language Processing (NLP) Research
In May 2019, Prof. Chambers' research group on Natural Language Processing, including collaborators from UMBC, UT Austin, and Stony Brook, learned that it won a $4 million award from DARPA to pursue advanced research in the area of "Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning over Schemas," which builds on novel methods pioneered by Dr. Chambers.
University of Maryland Big Data Challenge
In February 2019, led by Associate Professor Gavin Taylor of Computer Science, 21 midshipmen from a variety of majors participated in the University of Maryland Big Data Challenge, a hackathon focused on Data Science and Machine Learning.
NSA Cyber Exercise
In April 2019, 36 midshipmen traveled to The US Air Force Academy to participate in the annual NSA Cyber Exercise, which included all service academies plus teams from several ROTC schools as well as US Cyber Command. The USNA team took second overall, including first place in Cyber Policy and Secure Software development, as well as second in Forensics and Big Data Analysis and third in the Live Fire exercise. The USNA team of JohnPwnJones (above) competed in all modules and was led by 1/c Douglas Alpuche (Computer Science), 1/c Sam Teplov (Cyber Science), 1/c Brandon Sipes Computer Science), 1/c Kristina Bodeman Computer Science), and 2/c Caroline Sears (Computer Science).