Chair's Welcome

In 1984, the Computer Science Department at UGA was established with 8 faculty and an undergraduate program. Shortly thereafter, the MAMS degree was added, and in 1987 the MS in CS was approved. The PhD program in CS was approved in 1993 and began in 1995. 

We have now grown to include 22 faculty members, more than 120 graduate students and over 300 undergraduate majors, and to serve nearly 1200 non-major undergraduates. 

We offer the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and our graduates have gone on to prestigious positions in academia, industry, and at private and federal research labs. 

Among our growing, dynamic, research-oriented faculty are experts in bioimaging, distributed information systems, databases, vision and image processing, theory, algorithms, bioinformatics, scientific computing, simulation, parallel and distributed computing, real time systems, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, evolutionary computing, and artificial intelligence. We take pride in their record of excellence in both research and in undergraduate and graduate education. 

Our Department is a unit of the Franklin college of arts and sciences, the oldest college within the University, from which the University of Georgia and the University system of Georgia originated. The University of Georgia was chartered by the Georgia legislature in 1785 and is the nation's oldest state university. UGA ranks as one of the top universities in the nation, and has an enrollment of close to 35,000 students. With over 19,000 students applying for 4,900 seats, the 2012 freshman class was one of the strongest to enter the University, with an average SAT of 1273 and an average GPA of 3.8. Nearly ten percent of entering freshman will enroll in the Honors Program. This group averaged 1466 on the SAT and had an average GPA of 4.04. 

The University's academic reputation, low total costs, and very good graduation and retention rates have resulted in notable rankings. US News & World Report placed UGA 20th among the top public universities and both US News & World Report and Kiplinger's Magazine ranked UGA as 10th among the Best Values in Public Colleges. 

The University is located in Athens, a charming and historic college town of 110,000, approximately 60 miles from metropolitan Atlanta, with mild winters and warm summers.

Thank you for visiting us on the web. We invite you to visit us on campus. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a visit.

Thiab R. Taha, Department Head