Computer Science + Chemistry
Michelle Zheng (BS CS + Chem '16) was the first student to earn this hybrid degree at Illinois, which became available during her junior year. At the time, Zheng was a chemistry major taking CS courses. “Often, I was the only non-CS student in the class,” Zheng said. “The best thing about CS + Chemistry is having the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary fields and meeting people on campus with a variety of different interests and aspirations.”
After graduating, Zheng joined Salesforce, an Internet-based customer relationship management (CRM) company, as a software engineer. She also works at Miss Possible, a campus start-up company whose dolls and apps encourage girls to pursue science and technology careers. Initially a student intern, Zheng continues to design chemistry experiments and write software in support of the Marie Curie doll.