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!
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.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
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Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Meet a current student
Josh Metcalf ’19
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.
Since childhood, Josh has enjoyed and excelled in all things
logic, so he was certain he would major in mathematics at
MC. Fortunately, those math classes required some computer
science, and he came to see – and enjoy – the logic of
programming as much as the logic of math. He decided to
add computer science as a major.
“After I graduate, I want to get a job building and refining
some piece of software in order to build up my experience
of real-world programming,” he said. “Once I have a strong understanding of what my options are, I will be ready to consider options like going back to get a higher degree, choosing a specific kind of software to focus on or possibly even moving to a math-based
job instead of a programming-based job.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
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 ’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 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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