The School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh will begin admitting first-year students to its undergraduate programs starting in the Fall 2019 semester. 

Building on the excellence of the previous upper-division undergraduate degree programs – Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Information Science – this curriculum will expand students’ knowledge to allow them to see commonalities across disciplines.  

“As a freshman-admitting, four-year program we now have the opportunity to establish a curriculum that will provide our students with a highly valuable polymathic education,” said Paul Cohen, Founding Dean of the School of Computing and Information.  “Polymathy – the ability to work in multiple disciplines—depends not on mastering multiple curricula but in learning what disciplines have in common.” 

All admitted students will take Big Ideas in Computing, a gateway course that exposes them not only to the various disciplines within the fields of computing and information, but also to the ideas and concepts these disciplines share with other fields of study spanning the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, policy, and healthcare. Throughout this course, students will gain working knowledge of technical skills vital to the computing and information fields. A series of guest lectures will also provide students with opportunities to learn about how computing is being used in transformative ways by a diverse group individuals within the school, across campus, and in the Pittsburgh community 

“We will leverage Pittsburgh’s rich technological ecosystem to expose our students to a wide range of expertise in industry, non-profits and other regional universities. We have an outstanding set of external partners in this region who are excited to interact with this next generation of leaders,” said Adam Lee, Associate Dean for Academic Programs.   

This four-year undergraduate curriculum will further the school’s mission to make the world a better place through polymathic education and the science of interacting systems. The School of Computing and Information aims to position itself, and the University as a whole, as a leader in preparing students for the increasingly interconnected world we live in.  

Computing and information are by their very nature empowering. By enabling students to see these underlying commonalities and providing them with excellent disciplinary foundations, they will be able to move seamlessly among the sciences, humanities, and the arts and use the skills learned during their undergraduate careers to work on important, cross-cutting problems. 

According to Cohen, “Having these students with us for their entire undergraduate career allows us to deliver on our objective of providing our graduates with an unparalleled polymathic education that will prepare them to tackle societies most pressing future problems”.