Why study Computer Science at MC?

Want to make a difference? As the Association for Computing Machinery notes, computing drives innovation in the sciences ranging from the human genome project to AIDS vaccine research to environmental monitoring and protection. Perhaps you’re interested in engineering, finance, or the entertainment business—computing has application in these fields too! In fact it’s a discipline that impacts almost everything we do. Requiring creativity, logic, and problem solving, 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. Combining proficiency in programming with an understanding of systems, the curriculum provides students with a broad background in software and hardware. Through Senior Study and internships students can add depth to the area of computer science they find most interesting.


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Maryville College Works is a 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

Tanner Curren ’17
Hometown: Westover, Ala.

Tanner plans to go into the software development industry after graduation. He’s a member of the College’s programming team and frequently joins fellow classmates on real-world projects. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Tanner interned with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the Joint Institute for Computational Science. “Our professors are always informing us of work opportunities outside of classes to give us preparation for employment and graduate school,” he said. “I’ve been able to work closely with our professors and other students on some of these projects, and they have provided me with indispensable work experience.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

David White ’14
Currently: Software Developer II with Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) in Knoxville, Tenn.

This fall, David will take to graduate school at Colorado State University 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 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.”

Graduate School Placements

Georgia Tech
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Indiana
University of Tennessee