The Computer Science Course at UFPel was created in 1992, with the name of Bachelor in Computer Science and had its first entry in 1994, under the coordination of Prof. Gil Carlos Rodrigues Medeiros, with 30 vacancies. The course was well received by the community, featuring over 13 applicants per vacancy in its first entrance exam.

In 1994, the entity responsible for representing the teachers of the course, the Academic Directory Blaise Pascal, was already instituted. In 1995, the first Academic Week of the Computer Science Bachelor Degree Course was held and the students attended the Congress of the Brazilian Computer Society, in Canela-RS. In the same year, the course was awarded its first teaching and research laboratory, funded by CNPq. In 1998, the graduation of the first class of the course took place.

The change to the current name, BScs in Computer Science, occurred in 2001. In 2004 it was created the Department of Informatics, together with the Institute of Physics and Mathematics, which brought greater representation of the Computer Sciences area to the University, reinforcing the course and allowing the hiring of new teachers.

Significant growth occurred in 2008, with the adhesion of the area to the Federal University Restructuring and Expansion Program (REUNI). The course now offers 45 vacancies each semester, effectively tripling the number of vacancies compared to the beginning of the course.

In 2010, the course was transferred from the Institute of Physics and Mathematics to the Center for Technological Development, extinguishing the Department of Informatics. The same year saw the beginning of the sister course in Computer Engineering and the creation of the Postgraduate Program in Computing , both contributing to the qualification and expansion of the area at the University.

Course Coordinators

  • Prof. Gil Carlos Rodrigues Medeiros (1994-2001)
  • Prof. Flávia Braga from Azambuja (2001-2006)
  • Prof. Carlos Antonio Pereira Campani (2006-2008)
  • Prof. Lucas Ferrari de Oliveira (2008-2009)
  • Prof. Paulo Roberto Ferreira Jr. (2009-2013)
  • Prof. Mauricio Pilla (2013-2015)
  • Prof. Luciana Foss (2015-2016)
  • Prof. Tatiana Aires Tavares (2017-current)