Message from the Department Chair

Change the World with a Computer Science Degree

Dr. Qin DingComputer Science is not just about programming. Computer Science is advancing our civilization through creative problem solving using the enormous power of modern computers.

Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives? Do you want to make the world a better place to live and work? Save the environment? Find cures for devastating diseases? Make groundbreaking discoveries in developing clean and sustainable energy?

Pervasive Computing

Can you think of any walk of human endeavor that is not impacted by computers and software technologies? In fact, our civilization runs on computer software. From agriculture, weather prediction, aircraft design and manufacturing, power generation, robotic surgery, Mars rovers, drug discovery, animation and movie making, to smart phones, nearly every aspect of our lives depends critically on computers. Your phone has multiple embedded computers, and a modern car has over 30 of them.

Abundant Job Opportunities

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science is one of the top 10 fastest growing major occupational groups for the decade from 2010 to 2020. There are 150,000+ job openings in computing annually and a 22-percent job growth rate. By 2020, half of all STEM jobs will be in computing. In other words, out of 9.2 million STEM jobs in 2020, half of them (4.6 million) will be in computing.

Computing Edge

Whether your life’s mission is to make the world a better place or you seek a fulfilling and financially rewarding career, Computer Science is the place to be.

Do you want to awaken and nurture your entrepreneurial spirit? You only need a good idea and a few hundred dollars of investment in a laptop to unlock this spirit.

No matter what your academic and career pursuits are, computing knowledge gives you an edge. It transforms you from being a consumer of software technologies to a creator of solutions to problems that matter most to our society.

An Enviable Foundation for Graduate Professional Degrees

An undergraduate degree in Computing gives you an enviable foundation and distinction to pursue professional graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health care, and law.

Computer Science at East Carolina University

East Carolina University’s Computer Science department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in both Computer Science and Software Engineering. Graduate degrees are offered in both on-campus and online formats. We have an exceptional track record of placing students in coveted industries.

Students receive individual attention, and we provide a stimulating learning environment to help achieve your full potential. Opportunities are available to students to expand the frontiers of computing by working on research projects with professors.

Find out more about what it is like to be a computing professional by watching this 5-minute video. Also, look at these Employment Projections slides (PDF) if you want detailed information about Computer Science job growth forecast by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We want to help you become a computing professional. Call us at (252) 328-9680 or email to explore Computer Science and Software Engineering career options.

Qin Ding, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair