Computer Science

Computer Science2018-07-02T19:40:39+00:00

Computing has become a necessary tool in nearly every area of human endeavor — critical to our workplace production, to our communication, and a means to play and to express ourselves artistically.

What are the advantages of graduating from Centre rather than from a technically oriented institution? Centre provides a liberal arts education to each of its students, helping to make them well-rounded individuals who know how to keep learning in a dynamic field.

We are committed to providing students not only with a sound theoretical foundation in the discipline but also with a variety of settings in which to practice their skills. Studying computer science in an academically diverse and rich atmosphere encourages students to pursue their other interests and many of our majors have enhanced their studies with courses in the fine arts or social sciences.

Your Major Took You Where?*

EMPLOYER POST-GRADUATE STUDY
Epic Systems Software University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (mathematics)
Fidelity Investments University of Kentucky (M.S., Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce)
Google Carnegie Mellon University
NTT Data Corporation University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Ph.D., Graduate School of Genome Science & Technology)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“Majoring in computer science at Centre has not only provided me with the skills necessary to be successful in a competitive field, but also the opportunity to explore topics that I’m passionate about.”

OLIVIA ALFORD
Centre Class of 2017 • Computer Science Major

Computer Science

Collaborative Research

Centre faculty members regularly conduct research with students. Over the years, students have worked on John C. Young honors projects in computer science, and an interdisciplinary one in mind-machine interfaces. Almost every summer one or more students participate in research projects on Centre’s campus. Students have worked with faculty on genetic algorithms, mobile apps, drug discovery, energy efficient computing, educational video games, the analysis of the text of debates in the 2012 elections, and have supported researchers in behavioral neuroscience.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Nearly every summer one or more Centre students participate in research projects at other institutions. Our students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships, appointments to summer research positions in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and the NSA; and have been selected for summer research projects at Notre Dame University, the University of Chicago, and other colleges across the country.

Careers

The skills you learn as a computer science major will be valuable in almost any career you select. Many of our graduates work as software developers, programmer/analysts, or systems engineers, while others have found positions in network administration. One of our graduates, with a second major in art, is engaged in the game industry in California. Some alums continue their education in graduate school, while others have completed M.B.A. degrees after entering the work force. Interdisciplinary studies are becoming more important at the graduate level and we now have several alums in computational biology and data science.

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