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Interest in computer science surges

from BU Today

Computer science has long been a popular subject on campus — but not like it is today. Enrollment in the program at BU has more than quadrupled over the past five years. "It's popular in a totally unprecedented way," says Mark Crovella, a College of Arts & Sciences professor and chair of computer science. Interest had previously peaked in 2000, he says, "and we have blown way, way past that." Back at the turn of the century, when AOL was hot and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was still in prep school, there were 368 computer science majors at BU. A decade and one economic meltdown later, in spring 2010, the number had dropped to 115. Since then, numbers have been upward bound. This semester there are 487 computer science majors, more than four times the 2010 number. more

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