The Computer Science Department


At the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, you will discover both the core principles of computer science and its dynamic interaction with the world. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment where students passionate about technology and artistic expression can thrive. Our curriculum is designed to meet the current demands of the industry and prepare students for future jobs that do not even exist yet.

Our undergraduate programs in Applied Computing, Computer Science, and Game Development, along with our MS and PhD programs, offer robust pathways for academic and professional growth. Additionally, our Professional Master's Degree programs in Cybersecurity and Data Science provide specialized training for emerging fields

$97k Natl Avg Salary of Computer and IT Professionals

100% Of DU Admitted Students Receive a Grant or Scholarship

28:1 Engineering Student to Faculty Ratio

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Collaborate Across Disciplines

Computer scientists at Ritchie collaborate across disciplines, working with engineers, scientists, artists, and community partners to drive innovation and ethical practices in areas such as artificial intelligence, privacy and security, data management, and robotics. Join us at Ritchie, where the journey to new discoveries begins, and be part of a vibrant community dedicated to research that is changing our world

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Prepared for Industry

Our Computer Science graduates excel in competitive industries, securing positions at leading companies such as Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Facbook. They also thrive at innovative firms like Altivia Solutions, Nextworld, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Workiva, demonstrating the strength and versatility of their education at Ritchie.


A Diverse Student Body

Ritchie's vibrant diversity is a tremendous asset, offering all who enter the opportunity to broaden their perspectives. As you stroll our campus, you're immersed in a symphony of languages and accents, with each student contributing their distinct cultural heritage and life experiences to enrich our academic community.

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Come For A Visit

We invite you to experience the Ritchie School firsthand through our lab and classroom tours. You can schedule a tour today or join us at our Friday@DU events to explore our state-of-the-art facilities to meet our faculty, and engage with current students.

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Contact the Computer Science Dept

Chris J. GauthierDickey

Associate Professor, Computer Science; Chair, Computer Science

Meredith Corley

Asst. to the Chair, Computer Science

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