Elon Computing Sciences

Elon Computing Sciences

Computers are the most complicated and powerful machines ever devised by human beings. The scale of computers extends to the very large, with ultra-large scale computing and "Big Data", to the very small, with nanotechnology and quantum computing.

In the Computing Sciences, we study how these incredibly interesting machines work. And, of course, we make new machines - in the form of computer hardware, software and systems - in order to solve the problems of everyday life.

The study of computing emphasizes excellent problem-solving techniques which translate well into the workforce. Since the computer field is constantly changing, students must learn to communicate effectively and be able to adapt quickly to new concepts and changing technology.

An Elon Computing Sciences education is an excellent choice. Because classes are small, hands-on learning starts from day one. Our faculty members are dedicated to staying current in the field, engaging students with cutting-edge and relevant projects. The equipment and facilities we use in our classes are varied and exciting. These include mobile devices of all types, robots, game systems, multi-displays, private and configurable laboratory spaces, and areas for hands-on building.

Internships, research projects, and independent learning experiences that complement classroom learning are plentiful. Other opportunities for student involvement include the student games and computing club (GCC) and participation in regional programming contests. After graduation, Computing Sciences students pursue employment in many industries, including government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses of all sizes from Fortune 500 to startups. Many Elon Computing Sciences students also choose to continue their studies in graduate school.


Computing Sciences News

NBC News report on domestic extremists cites Squire

Megan Squire, professor of computer science, was among those featured in the piece who are tracking domestic terrorism online. 

Elon’s 2019 faculty retirees recognized

At the annual Faculty/Staff Awards Luncheon on May 15, the Elon community honored 11 faculty members and six staff members who are retiring this year.

Voice of America segment on white nationalists features insights from Megan Squire

Squire, professor of computer science, has collected data about American right-wing groups and white nationalists who use the Russian VK social media platform. 

Computer science team wins Triad programming competition


Elon University's competitive programming team took first place at the 2019 Triad programming competition.

The Conversation: Why the next terror manifesto could be even harder to track

In this piece written for The Conversation, Megan Squire, professor of computer science, offers insight into why it may become harder to fight hate online in the future. The article was published by the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets around the country.