Computer science (CS) classes are becoming much more popular among college students, according to a recent article in TechCrunch. The source reports that data recently presented at the 10th Anniversary Summit of the National Center for Women & Information Technology by Ed Lazowska, a CS professor at the University of Washington (UW), indicates that there has been a surge in the number of students who are interested in majoring in CS.
The report states that in Autumn of 2008, there were less than 300 incoming freshman at UW who wanted to declare as CS majors. This coming autumn, it is predicted that over 700 will be declaring the major.
Of course, while this is good news for the computer industry, it represents a problem for the CS department at UW and other schools. More students means that space in CS classes will become much more crowded, with students being left out who need the units but can't find an empty seat.
"We are hoping to expand," Lazowska told the GeekWire.com. "Not only will it take funding, but we have pretty much maxed out our building."
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