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The curriculum in computer science began in the Department of Mathematics in 1967-68 with the approval of an Information Science Minor consisting of 36 quarter hours (3 quarter hours roughly equals 2 semester hours). This minor first appears in the Undergraduate Catalog for 1968-69.

The 1974-1975 Undergraduate Catalog lists a Mathematics Major with an option in Computer Science and Information Science under the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Degree. Under this option, a student would take 53 quarter hours of core mathematics courses, and 36 quarter hours of cognate computer science courses.



The Mathematics Department developed the Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science in 1976-77. This degree option first appeared in the Undergraduate Catalog in the 1977-78 academic year.

The B.A. in Computer Science required 41 semester hours of coursework in mathematics and computer science (the university moved from quarters to semesters during this period). The Mathematics Major with an Option in Computer Science was also retained, as well as the Information Science Minor of 25 semester hours. Computer science was then organized into an Area of the Department of Mathematics, and a Coordinator of Computer Science was created.



The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science first appeared in the 1986-1988 Undergraduate Catalog. This degree required 39 semester hours of computer science course work in addition to 18-20 semester hours of largely mathematics related courses and 12 semester hours of concentration courses (chosen from business, mathematics or industrial technology offerings).

The Information Science Minor appeared in the 1984-1986 Undergraduate Catalog.



In 2000, the Department of Computer Science was created from the Computer Science Area of the Department of Mathematics. The new department was combined with the Department of Communications to create a new School of Computer Science and Communications.

In 2003 this school was dissolved, and the Department of Computer Science moved to the new College of Technology and Computer Science which consists of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Construction Management, the Department of Technology Systems, and the Department of Engineering. The College of Technology and Computer Science was renamed in 2014 and is currently the College of Engineering and Technology.

Department History ¦ ECU Computer Science

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