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.
It takes patience to correct misspelled words, convert file formats and remove incomplete records when analyzing large amounts of information contained in databases and spreadsheets. A new book by Elon University Professor Megan Squire helps to make such tasks easier.
Offered by the Department of Computing Sciences, the information science program has earned praise from graduates who are advancing their careers or pursuing graduate degrees using concepts honed at Elon University.
This article appears in the proceedings of the IEEE 37th International Conference on Software Engineering.
Their article appears in the edited volume "Open Source Systems: Adoption and Impact" following the 10th International Conference on Open Source Systems held in Florence, Italy