Why study Computer Science at MC?

Computing drives innovation in the sciences, ranging from the human genome project to AIDS vaccine research to environmental monitoring and protection. It’s a discipline that touches almost everything we do. Computer science develops foundational skills to set one up for success no matter where one’s career path leads. At Maryville College, computer science students learn to use mathematical and computational thinking to solve real-world problems by combining proficiency in programming with an understanding of systems. Many diverse opportunities await our students – we welcome you to begin your path with us!

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Maryville College Works is our comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Cirruspath, Inc.
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
University of Tennessee College of Engineering
Auburn University College of Engineering
Tennessee Technological University College of Engineering
Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

Meet a current student

Photo of Chris FernandezChris Fernandez ’20
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

Chris initially chose math as his major but in taking computer science courses, he realized that it was the critical thinking skills and problem-solving that he loved most about math. This led him to select computer science as his major “because every single problem that comes up is a puzzle that can be solved,” he said. “And the solutions are usually infinite and can be extremely creative.”
Chris recently completed a software engineering internship at Jewelry Television. For his Senior Study, he is using the Genetic Algorithm to develop
an application that will aid with freshman seminar scheduling for Maryville College. “I plan to attend graduate school for my master’s degree and possibly pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. My career goal is to be a software engineer.”

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Featured Graduates

Evan Ezell

Evan Ezell '18

Currently: Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee and ORNL Graduate Research Assistant

While pursuing his doctorate, Evan is working as a graduate research assistant in the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He interned with the group as an MC student, and another ORNL internship saw him building websites and an iOS application for the Environmental Sciences Division. “Today, my research is focused on big data, data mining and machine learning with applicability to urban systems,” he said. “Maryville College prepared me extremely well because the liberal arts education I received provided an excellent foundation in computer science while not neglecting the connections to other fields of study. The College taught me not to just use a skill to provide a service but rather
to think about the broader implications of my work.”

David White

David White ’14

Currently: pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science (focusing on machine learning) at Colorado State University

David entered graduate school with more than five years’ experience working in software development and web applications. He credits Maryville College and its faculty for preparing him for the workforce and advanced study. “Through close connections with faculty and a diverse liberal arts core curriculum, MC gave me the opportunity to explore and grow many interests. This allowed me to find my passion—computer science—and thrive in it,” he said. “Additionally, the opportunities to lead and participate in the programming team, teach as a lab assistant and complete research through the Senior Study and as an intern definitely helped my applications to graduate schools and software companies stand out.”

Libby RodriguezLibby Rodriguez ’12

Currently: Software Engineer I with Ciena Corporation

As a student at Maryville College, Libby participated in the University of South Florida’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ubiquitous Sensing to help develop an Android app. After MC, Libby earned a master’s degree in computer science at RPI in Troy, N.Y. She now has a software engineering job in Atlanta, Ga. “Some people might question attending a liberal arts college for a technical degree, but it was precisely the liberal arts mindset that led me to where I am today,” she said. “Maryville College allowed me to explore many different areas, and this proved to help me find something I am truly passionate about.”

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