Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

A Letter to Prospective Students

Computer Science & Statistics: Want an Exciting Career and Enjoy Getting There?

  • Love to solve challenging problems? Ask about a directed study with one of our active researchers who are working to solve the most pressing problems of our nation and world in bioinformatics, digital forensics, cyber security, computational statistics, computer vision and graphics, machine learning and data mining, computer algebra, cryptology, or statistics.
  • Want to be a better, artist, biologist, engineer, musician or social scientist? Computing and statistics skills will enhance your career.  Consider coupling a major in CS with a minor in any other discipline, a major in any other discipline with one of our minors.  Or perhaps a double major?
  • Cannot find the perfect major for you at URI? Ask us about configuring your own minor to complement your major.
  • Want to be on the cutting edge in solving digital forensics crimes or securing our systems from cybercrime? Try our digital forensics minor and/or our cybersecurity minor.
  • Want to design, develop and market the killer cell phone app? Or game? Propose a topic for directed study with one of our professors.
  • Want to try to make sense of data, consider studying network, spatial, or Bayesian statistics; data mining or machine learning.
  • Love Web development? Couple your CS degree with the web development courses in the Harrington School of Communication and Media, and digital art courses from the Art department.
  • Interested in important societal issues? Consider coupling your CS studies with one of many health, environment, or coastal oriented majors at URI.

Computing and statistics are everywhere today and needed in all disciplines and enterprises.  Job prospects are strong. The computing and statistics workforce reports a high level of satisfaction for  their work, and they are well paid.  – Perhaps not surprisingly, PayScale’s analysis finds the best graduate degrees are in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, with median, mid-career salaries topping at $131,700. “The top of the list has consistently been dominated by STEM degrees, especially statistics and computer science in the last five years,” said Katie Bardaro, the director of analytics and lead economist at PayScale.”


Joan Peckham, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Computer Science and Statistics


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