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Computer Science Major

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Why Study Computer Science?

Computer Science is an exciting and ever-changing field. Computer scientists solve complex, challenging and worldwide problems, as well as real-life problems ranging from medical to climate change issues—using creativity and innovation. Computer Science graduates are in high demand in a range of industrial and corporate settings and have excellent job prospects.

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Why Study Computer Science at Eastern?

Students in Eastern’s Computer Science major develop essential skills needed in the competitive job market and are ready to adapt to and succeed in a fast-changing global landscape. Graduates apply their acquired knowledge and computational skills to solve real-world problems in a variety of occupations. Critical thinking and adaptive learning are fostered inside and outside the classroom by faculty who are committed to high quality teaching and their own professional development. New courses include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mobile Computing; state-of-the-art equipment includes a 3-D printing lab. The Computer Science minor is also available to other majors.

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Salary Potential


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* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Independent Study

Through independent study, students work one-on-one with faculty members to apply their classroom skills to a range of research projects in areas such as bioinformatics, discrete event simulation, mobile apps, data mining and computer hardware.

Members of the Honor Society


Outstanding Computer Science students are inducted into the Alpha chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the national honor society for computing and information systems.

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Computer Science students intern in a variety of locations, including Cigna’s on-campus Technology Early Career Development program.

Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in Computer Science can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Computer, data and network security
  • Programming
  • Systems administration or analysis
  • Data and information engineering
  • Database design and administration
  • Digital media production
  • Network administration, systems, or data communications analysis
  • Software engineering
  • Web design and development
  • Embedded and mobile apps

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Computer Science are at the following companies and graduate schools:

  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • IBM
  • Sonalyst
  • Pfizer
  • United Technologies
  • The Travelers
  • Cigna
  • Electric Boat
  • University of California Berkley
  • University of Connecticut
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Boston University
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Alumni Testimonials

Kyle Weise ’16
Software Developer

Kyle Weise ’16

Kyle earned his M.S. in bioinformatics at Northeastern University and is a software developer/data manager at RCH Solutions. “The computer science program at Eastern definitely prepared me for graduate school. The selection of classes provides background from the operating system/assembly level all the way to the cloud/big data level. The professors are both accessible and thorough in their teaching.”

David Ngibuini ’14

David Ngibuini ’14

Computer Science major David Ngibuini is a portfolio manager at Cigna, a global health services company. “All of life’s problems can’t be solved with a few lines of code. Having a liberal arts background helps me to draw from different branches of knowledge so that I can reach a creative solution, rather than facing the world purely as a computer scientist.”

Michael Gargano ’16
Jackson Laboratory

Michael Gargano ’16

Computer Science major Michael Gargano is a scientific software engineer at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. “Eastern cemented the foundation to my career. I owe my success to Professor Garret Dancik. Not many people get to say that their professor is also their mentor; he’s an expert in bioinformatics and truly a one-of-a-kind teacher.”

Jafet Aparicio Santos ’21
Data Engineer

Jafet Aparicio Santos ’21

Computer science and mathematics double-major Jafet Aparicio Santos ’21 is a data engineer at Travelers Insurance. “I knew that I wanted a career that dealt with technology and data. Eastern's math and computer science programs worked impeccably to prepare me for my current position. The rigorous courses and supportive professors allowed me to grow as a data and technology professional throughout my time at Eastern.”

Juan Matiz ’20
Cybersecurity Engineer

Juan Matiz ’20

Computer Science major Juan Matiz ’20 is a cybersecurity engineer at Cigna. “My Eastern experience exceeded my expectations. Never would I have thought that I would have the opportunity to be president of a club (College Democrats), form another club (Freedom at Eastern) and eventually end up working for a Fortune 500 company.”

Julia Medina ’20

Julia Medina ’20

Computer Science major Julia Medina ’20 participated in the Connecticut Governor’s Innovation Fellowship, which lander her a job with Sema4, a predictive health company and leader in diagnostic testing.