The College of Science is welcoming an increasing
number of Change of Degree Objective (CODO)/Change
of Curricula students who choose to transfer from other
Purdue colleges and schools.
The Department of Computer Science in particular
has seen an influx of engineering transfer students in
recent semesters. Purdue’s first “BoilerMake,” a large-scale, high-energy hacking event in February, prompted
the switch for some. More are likely to emerge from
October’s second installment of the 36-hour programming
and innovation competition.
Among the newest transfers to computer science
(CS) are students like Spencer Brown, who began as a
computer engineering major before deciding to focus on
the programming and software end of computing.
“Computer engineering is more hardware-focused,”
says Brown, now a sophomore. “After going to hack-athons and doing side projects, I realized I liked software
Brown has already made a big impact outside of
classrooms and labs by helping lead the most recent
BoilerMake event. He also is a member of the Computer
Science Undergraduate Student Board and vice president
of Purdue Hackers, a popular student organization that
unites coders from all majors.
Academically, the transition has been smooth for
Brown. “The classes I’ve had so far have been interesting,” he says.
Brown and other students involved in organizations
like BoilerMake view CS as being the key to potential
startups, innovation and lucrative careers in such growing fields as cybersecurity and social media.