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CS and CIS majors try to balance formal classroom instruction with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. You'll work with state of the art equipment and get real-world experience working on projects while earning class credits. You can also take the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research and publications or even conduct research of your own!
You'll work on equipment and projects to get real-world experience while earning class credits. Or Of course, if you do like classrooms and lectures, you can probably do that too!
Many faculty in world-class universities do research. The advantage of UMD is that the research being done here is almost always while working with undergraduate and/or graduate students. CS Dept. faculty are actively pursuing research in cutting edge computer science from data mining to computational linguistics to formal and automated reasoning, to perception and computer graphics. Students don't come to UMD to be an anonymous face in a large classroom but to have faculty available when needed. The university has a 20 to 1 student/faculty ratio.
The department has four instructional and research laboratories: the CS Software Development Lab, CS Networking and Hardware Lab, the Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics Lab and the Wireless Multimedia Classroom/Lab. In addition to these labs, computing services are also available throughout campus. Student technology fees are the primary source for purchasing and maintaining this equipment.
UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's' "America's Best Colleges" issue. Providing an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, UMD attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.
Staff and faculty strive to promote a diverse culture where every member is accepted for her/his contribution to the University of Minnesota Duluth regardless of any protected/class status and to promote a learning environment that respects each individual and strives to protect health and safety.