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About Computer Science Department

Graduating Highly Capable Problem Solvers

The Department of Computer Science is home to four bachelor degrees and nine certificates and minors all aimed toward producing graduates who are highly capable problem solvers that are intellectually agile, technically skilled and ethically responsible. Our department focuses on our students, our community and student/faculty research.

Preparing for a Career in Computer Science

Undergraduate Majors


Graduate Degree Programs

  • Cybersecurity
  • Dual Credit Teaching (Computer Science & Communication)

Undergraduate Certificates


Online micro-credentials can demonstrate your mastery of relevant workplace skills, abilities and competencies, which is professionally invaluable not only to you, but also to your employer!  We offer microcredentials with combinations of graduate courses ranging from introductory courses to cybersecurity! 

Information Technology


All faculty have active research projects and provide research experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students.  

Department Research


Student/Alumni Spotlight

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Celine Wardrop

Major: Computer Science

Minors: Psychology and Mathematics

Graduated May 2021


Tell us about your new job and what you will be doing?artment?

After graduation I will begin working as a software developer for Invar Systems, a company in Northern Kentucky that develops warehouse automation software.

Co-Curricular activities/involvement in college?

During my time at NKU I worked as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Programming course where I helped students learn foundational concepts for Computer Science. I also helped in reforming the Women in Informatics club which sought to provide a space for women in IT related fields to connect and help each other. Outside of NKU, I worked as a programmer/analyst intern at Western & Southern Financial Group which gave me my first exposure to applying programming concepts to solve real-world problems.

Favorite NKU Memory?

I had the opportunity to attend two Tri-State Women in Computing (TriWiC) conferences, one smaller conference held at Owensboro Community & Technical College and a larger conference held at Eastern Kentucky University. Both of those conferences were amazing experiences where I was able to connect and network with other people in my field and also spend time getting to know fellow NKU students. 

Advice for students?

My main advice to students is something that has really helped me out a lot over the last four years. And that is to remember that other people aren’t worried about you as much as you think they are. It can sometimes feel like you have a spotlight on you and everyone is watching and taking note of what you do, but the reality is that everyone is just worried about themselves and is probably not paying attention. As a secondary piece of advice, I would highly recommend engaging with your professors. They can and want to provide opportunities for you to learn, grow, and succeed. Those connections you make will be incredibly valuable. 

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Nick Kaufman

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science

Graduated May 1985



I was Vice President of Software Solutions for The Kroger Co. reporting to the CIO.  Our teams were responsible for developing and implementing the various software applications that supported our lines of business including supply chain, e-commerce, store operations, pharmacy, finance, merchandising,  human resources and data analytics.

Giving Back

I have served two separate terms on the NKU COI Dean's Advisory Board.  During my Kroger career I was a huge advocate for NKU and we hired many NKU intern and co-op students.   We also established the Kroger Innovation Lab on the 4th floor of Griffin Hall to help NKU students find rewarding career paths within Information Technology.  I have been involved with several charities over the years but the most rewarding was being part of the Big Brother / Big Sister program for 12 years.

Favorite NKU Memory

I met my wife Kathy at NKU in 1984.  She was a Chemistry major.  We met in the Mathematics Lab in what used to be the Natural Science Center. (I think it is called Founders Hall now.)  We have been happily married since 1986.  

Advice for Students

Never stop learning.  Technology is constantly evolving.  Have several trusted sources (peer groups, blogs, user conferences, advisors, etc.) to help you understand where your industry is heading and how technology will define it. 

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NKU'S Computer Science Department receives the 2020 Academic Unit Excellence in Access Award.

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NKU's designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education has been renewed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security!

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When Filters Compromise Security

Dr. Maureen Doyle explains what actually happens when someone downloads FaceApp.

"When you agree to use the app and download it, you're saying they can take that picture and use it in whatever way they want, so they might as well own it,” said Dr. Doyle, professor and chair of the computer science department at Northern Kentucky University.

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Professor Tackles Ad Tracking

Currently, targeted ad tracking is a threat to personal privacy, but it is not a business-level threat. Yi Hu, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University, agreed. His research concentrates on data security, data mining, information assurance, database systems and trust management in cyberspace.

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Past, Present, and Future Success