Computing for Fun and Profit

Mirroring a national trend, the number of undergraduate computer science majors is growing sharply at Tufts, particularly as more Arts and Sciences students decide to pursue a second major in the subject.

Over the last three years at Tufts, student enrollment in computer science classes has increased by 67 percent. That suggests an even greater interest in the discipline than at many other schools. Last year the number of computer science majors nationally rose 29 percent, and it rose 10 percent the year before that, according to the Computing Research Association.

The growth speaks to an ongoing resurgence in the field, says Carla Brodley, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering. “This is not just a dotcom blip in enrollment,” she says.

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