Computer and Information Sciences
The Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) was created in 1992 and it has continuously served a minority student body consisting of more than 90% Hispanic students.
In regards to academics, the department evolved from offering its first Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS-CS) in 1996 to offering a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in CS (MSIS-CS) in 2008, and a Master of Science in CS (MS-CS) in 2010.
Furthermore, the CIS department has been a pioneer in curriculum development in Texas, being the first department to implement the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer Information Systems Technology (BAT-CIST) and the very first in implementing a BS in Computational Science. Recognizing its graduation achievements, the department has been featured by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as one of the top ten in the U.S. with respect to Hispanic graduates for three consecutive years, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The CIS department has been granted the prestigious ABET accreditation in CS. Exelencia in Education recognized the CIS Department at UTB as one of the six finalists (out of 159 academic programs nominated nationwide for recognition) for the 2012 Baccalaureate Level Example of Excelencia. Additionally, the department currently hosts one of the largest supercomputing facilities in Texas and one of the largest computer graphics visualization facilities in the country.