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Major in Computer Science

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Computer Science

Department Chair Name

Kevin Treu

Department Assistant Name

Kala Kennemore

What is a computer science degree?

Our world runs on software – and that software runs because of the people who imagined, designed, programmed and built it. Capitalizing on the monumental capabilities of expanding information technology will require practical skills combined with creative vision – both qualities that an intensive program of study will cultivate. A computer science degree represents the culmination of that study in a university setting. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Why study computer science at Furman?

Furman’s strong, well-established computer science program has much to offer students, most importantly a dedicated faculty and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The department offers a host of research and internship opportunities and is equipped with three main laboratories, private research workstations for students, state-of-the-art software, 3D scanning and printing facilities, a student lounge, complete wireless access and a teaching theater with video presentation facilities. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Engaged learning for a computer science major might include participating in research projects supported by grants from organizations such as NASA, Apple Computer and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation. You’ll work in state-of-the-art computer laboratories and with a workstation specifically designed for data analytics. Students have interned with companies such as BMW, Michelin, Hitachi Solutions and Advoco.

Careers for computer science majors

The computer science curriculum will help you build the technical skills to flourish in the most competitive environments. And as a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman will also ensure your education includes access to a wide array of ideas and experiences beyond the laboratory – making for a well-rounded graduate who is attractive to employers. Furman computer science majors have gone on to work for Apple, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, NCR and Texas Instruments. Some sample fields and vocations are:

  • Data analytics
  • Information security
  • Database administration
  • Software development
  • Web development
  • Systems analysis
  • Hardware engineering
  • Network architecture

Computer science courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Intro to Computer Science

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Machine Learning with Big Data

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75%
graduates who went on to full-time employment
21%
graduates who went on to graduate school
93%
students who participated in at least one engaged learning experience

What our students say

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“This program gave me a great chance to grow my applied problem-solving skills for my career plan. It built a basic foundation for everything that I need in order to learn whatever technical skills I want. I really enjoyed all my interactions with faculty and fellow students, even if sometimes it was challenging. My research experiences were very enriching and allowed me to explore my interests.” – Ethan Grantham ’21

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s computer science faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • Ken Abernethy
    Title:

    Emeritus Professor of CS; Visiting Professor of CS (2019-present); Director Rushing Center for Teaching and Technology

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    Ken Abernethy
    Title:

    Emeritus Professor of CS; Visiting Professor of CS (2019-present); Director Rushing Center for Teaching and Technology

    Phone Number: 8642943219

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  • Christopher Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Computer Science

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    Christopher Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642942269

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  • Bryan Catron
    Title:

    Instructor, Computer Science

    Bryan Catron

    Bryan Catron
    Title:

    Instructor, Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642942953

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  • James Eynon
    Title:

    Adjunct, Computer Science

    James Eynon

    James Eynon
    Title:

    Adjunct, Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642942097

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  • Paula Gabbert
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science

    Paula Gabbert

    Paula Gabbert
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642943538

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  • Chris Healy
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Chris Healy
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

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  • Andrea Tartaro
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Computer Science

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    Andrea Tartaro
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Computer Science

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  • Kevin Treu
    Title:

    Professor and Chair

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    Kevin Treu
    Title:

    Professor and Chair

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a computer science degree?

    Our alumni have found careers in fields such as information security, database administration, software development, web development, hardware engineering, information architecture and systems analysis. Furman computer science majors have gone on to work for Apple, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, NCR and Texas Instruments.

    What is the average salary for computer science majors?

    Computer science graduates are among the most well paid nationwide. On average, computer scientists with a bachelor’s degree earn $69,000 a year after graduation.

    How long does to take to earn a computer science degree?

    The computer science bachelor’s degree program at Furman takes four years to complete.

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