Major Areas of Study: COMPUTER SCIENCE
Muskingum University provides its students with a sound technical education that includes topics from a number of emerging areas, including web tool development, network and wireless communication, animated graphics, artificial life, and robotics. At the same time, the department faculty believes that a liberal arts institution should have a special mission that includes discussions of the effects of this technology within our society and around the world.
Recent internships for Computer Science students include:
- Battelle Labs
In addition to internships, students generally get involved in research in connection with two courses—CPSC 400: Programming Projects and CPSC 495: Computer Science Seminar.
A recent example of student research comes form our summer Muskie Fellows program, through which Tanner Barnes ('12) studied the use of a cave development simulator under the direction of Jay Shaffstall, Instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Computer Science students may join the Muskingum University chapter of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).
ACM Programming Competition
Two Muskingum University teams competed in the regional Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming competition, held last year in Youngstown. One team was made up of Colin Streb ('10), Sarah Hare ('11) and Chris Bowles ('11). That team placed 24th out of 113 teams, by solving 3 of the eight problems presented to them. That ranking represents a new record for Muskingum at this competition. The other team consisted of Adam Barry ('10), Jake Turner ('12) and Jacob Knekleian ('12). Professor of Computer Science Dr. Ralph Hollingsworth served as coach for the contest.
Each team at the competition was asked to complete eight programming problems in five hours. The complexity of those problems was such that more than 20 of the competing teams were not able to solve any of the problems and only two were able to solve all eight.
In preparation for the regional event, Muskingum also held a programming competition of its own this fall. The purpose of that competition was to help students prepare for the regional contest. The September event was attended by eight colleges and universities, and the Muskingum team of Bowles, Hare and Amy Miller ('10) placed second there.
The Computer Science department employs students to help professors grade, to assist in labs associated with Introduction to Computing, and to tutor in Computer Science courses.
Recent Computer Science graduates from Muskingum have accepted positions at:
- Battelle Labs
- Argonne Laboratories
- MIT Laboratories
Recent Computer Science graduates have enrolled in the following graduate schools:
- The Ohio State University
- University of Michigan
- University of Cincinnati
- Case Western Reserve University
- Cornell University
- Bowling Green State University
- Carnegie-Mellon University
- Clemson University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Miami University (Ohio)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
- University of Pittsburgh