I chose Blackburn for its strong Computer Science program and because I wanted to continue playing soccer. Class sizes are the perfect size and the faculty is able to spend time and focus on you as a student.
Devon Sims, Class of 2010
Today, computing is everywhere: in the cars we drive, the music we download, in business, medicine, scientific exploration, art, communication and politics. Web services, mobile computing, graphics, games, intelligent systems, information services, security, communications networks and technological innovation are a few of the areas that rely upon the talent and creativity of computer scientists to solve.
Our core curriculum builds a solid foundation in software, architecture and networks, engages students in creative problem-solving and explicitly addresses emerging technologies. We require cooperative software engineering of all majors, present opportunities for advanced study in several areas of computing and guarantee every student an individualized capstone research and development experience in senior seminar. Advanced coursework is available in artificial intelligence, database systems, information visualization and human-computer interaction, networks and operations research. Internships are also available both locally and at a distance.
Blackburn is fully compliant with the computer science curriculum recommended by the ACM and IEEE: CC2001. This curriculum, an international standard, ensures that alumni will be fully prepared for graduate work or professional positions in computing.
Some well qualified students assist department faculty in lab sessions, provide tutorial assistance to other students and manage the research lab. Others work in technology services to provide networking, operating systems and internet services for the campus.
Students can also choose to major in computer science and/or math while moving through Blackburn’s pre-engineering program. Each senior researches an area of computer science and then designs, develops and documents a project related to that area. The results are presented to the department at a colloquium held in the month of April.