Apr 22, 2021  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science Department

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Department Chairperson: Quoc-Nam Tran, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director: Etienne Z. Gnimpieba, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science
Arts & Sciences, Room 202
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 677-5388




Quoc-Nam Tran, Ph.D., Research Institute of Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. Specialization: Bioinformatics and Groebner Basis Computation.

Associate Professor:

Douglas Goodman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Specialization: Simulation, Real-time Systems, and Graphics.

Assistant Professor:

Etienne Z. Gnimpieba, Ph.D., University of Technology of Compiègne, France. Specialization: Bioinformatics and Data Integration in Life Sciences.

Research Assistant Professor:

Carol Lushbough, M.A., University of South Dakota. Specialization: Bioinformatics.


Master of Science, Plan A and Plan B  


Human-Computer Interaction - Plan A only
Informatics - Plan A and Plan B

Program Description

All graduate programs are designed to produce individuals with a strong, broad-based core of advanced computer science knowledge. These programs are recommended for students with professional goals in Computer Science such as continuing graduate education, working for national laboratories and other federal or state agencies, securing employment in private industry, or post-secondary education. Graduates of the programs are well prepared to accept the current and future challenges of the field.


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 2.7 or graduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
  • The GRE General test is required.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate Computer Science coursework for all departmental graduate programs:
    Computer Science I 
    Computer Science II
    Machine Organization
    Algorithms & Data Structures 
  • Prerequisite undergraduate Mathematics coursework for all departmental programs:
    Calculus I (1 semester course)
    Discrete Structures
  • Additional requirements exist for international students and applicants with degrees from other countries.

-Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis to any departmental graduate program. 

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