Lecture on Artificial Intelligence from Professor KC

Artificial Intelligence

Develop the skills to create intelligent systems that change the way we live and work.

Why Study Artificial Intelligence?

As an artificial intelligence student at USD, you'll enter a versatile, hands-on program that will prepare you for a variety of careers across evolving STEM fields. Here, you aren't just reading the textbook – you are designing and developing different AI and data science related models as you solve critical problems. Whether you envision a future as a data scientist, software developer or another profession in the field, our program will set you up for success.

Solve modern problems with modern solutions as an artificial intelligence student.                                               

Degrees & Offerings

Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence (B.A., B.S.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

Artificial intelligence impacts society in countless ways. Prepare for one of the most vital and fast-growing fields within computer science by specializing in this area. Some examples of courses include machine learning fundamentals, data mining, data analysis and decision making, math for data science and machine learning, and applied statistics.

Artificial Intelligence

  Vermillion Main Campus and Online

Artificial intelligence impacts society in countless ways. Prepare for one of the most vital and fast-growing fields within computer science by specializing in this area. Some course examples include machine learning fundamentals, data mining and analysis, decision making and statistics.

Program Details






Known for excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Student Opportunities

As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

The computer science program offers a variety of real-world experiences designed to help you develop valuable skills. Through internships, you can earn credit as you establish credibility in influential workplaces and gain experience in a variety of career fields. USD students have interned with powerhouses like Tyson Foods, Thomson Reuters, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sanford Health, Insightsoftware and many others.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Today, the association's 75,000 members and the public turn to ACM for industry-leading publications and pioneering conferences.

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Code Club

The USD Code Club meets regularly to practice and discuss different coding problems as students work to become better programmers and seek a place in the ACM-ICPC world final.

Network Security Club

This club competes every year in the North Central Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. In spring 2017, USD took second place.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is to recognize scholarship, academic excellence and professionalism in students and faculty in the computing and information disciplines. UPE is recognized and endorsed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as well as the IEEE Computer Society and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). USD is one of more than 300 schools and institutions with a UPE chapter.

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Departments & Facilities

Our department is home to programs, resources and services that benefit our students, communities and academic discipline. The USD Department of Computer Science's award-winning faculty's research and teaching areas are primarily focused on algorithms, artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, data science, information retrieval, Internet of Things, cyber security and big data.
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Computer Science

Learn to develop and manage technology that changes the world in the Department of Computer Science.


Get to know the faculty and staff in the Departments of Computer Science and Math. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, data science, information retrieval, internet of things, cybersecurity and big data.
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KC Santosh

Chair-Computer Science


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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Farhad Akhbardeh

Farhad Akhbardeh
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Laurie Fritsch

Senior Secretary
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Douglas Goodman

Associate Professor
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Carrie Minette

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Rodrigue Rizk

Assistant Professor
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Vijayalakshmi Saravanan

Assistant Professor
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Longwei Wang

Assistant Professor
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Attend Symposia: Artificial Intelligence and Data Harnessing, and Brown bag Research Talk Series 

Brown bag research talk series, within the department, helps learn more about “AI for good” from external professionals: professors and scientists, from academia, industry, and government. 

We offer a symposium annually and brown bag research talk series, once a month.

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Experience Research

USD is unique in that we offer valuable research experiences to you as an undergraduate student. Our students work on research projects during the academic year and over the summer, exploring topics such as information retrieval, biomedical imaging, pattern recognition, security, robotics, computer vision and machine learning, to name a few.

Hear From A USD Alum

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In addition to many amazing opportunities, I am also able to get my master's degree in one year of graduate school after my four years of undergraduate school with the 4+1 program. Additionally, I will be able to get a specialization in artificial intelligence, which is something that you can't do anywhere else in the state. This gives me a large advantage when looking for a job after college.

Josh Henderson

B.S. Computer Science '22

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