The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to teach and conduct research in computer science and to provide service to Old Dominion University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States of America, and the international community. Pursuant to this mission, the faculty of the Department of Computer Science:
- offers programs of study that produce graduates with Bachelor of Science(B.S.), Master of Science(M.S.),Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.) degrees in computer science, and a Master's degree in computer engineering.
- conducts research in computer science and publishes results of that research in the open scientifc and engineering literature,
- teaches courses in computer science required by students seeking degrees in other departments and disciplines within Old Dominion University,
- participates in the governance of the Department of Computer Science, the College of Sciences, and Old Dominion University, and
- takes part in the work of professional societies and peer review panels.
The specific mission of the PhD program is to build research programs of excellence in selected areas of computer science to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in computer science and to produce PhDs who are researchers and teachers of the highest quality. For a balanced and well rounded graduate program, individual faculty members are expected to be excellent in research and teaching, and a broad range of research areas must be represented by their interests. Due to limitations on resources and opportunities, however, few computer science departments can excell in all areas of the discipline. Therefore strategic choices must be made in the Department of Computer Science of Old Dominion University.