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Computer Science Department
Dale J. Skrien
What can you do with a computer?
The answer to that question is the domain of computer science. There are theoretical aspects to the question, such as discovering what is computable and how efficiently we can solve problems. There are hardware aspects to the question, such as studying how to make computation faster and more efficient. There are also practical aspects to the question, such as how we can get computers to solve specific tasks or become more capable of understanding the world around them.
Why study computer science at Colby? +
A liberal arts college is a great place to study computer science. The faculty at Colby are focused on teaching and doing research with undergraduates. The low student/faculty ratio means the faculty have time to spend with students and to provide individual attention in labs and outside of class.
How do I find out about computer science? +
The course Computational Thinking (CS 151) is offered every semester. No prior experience with computers or programming is necessary. This course teaches you how to analyze and describe problems in ways that allow them to be solved by a computer and is the first step in the core CS sequence. The course also satisfies the quantitative (Q) college distribution requirement.
What can you do with a major or a minor in computer science? +
CS prepares you for many different opportunities. The major is designed to prepare you for either graduate study or a career in a computation-related field. Recent majors have gone on to graduate study at top CS programs such as Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Cornell, and the University of Maryland. Recent graduates have also been successful at finding interesting positions in industry at large companies like Google, Amazon, Mitre, Aetna, and Goldman Sachs, as well as smaller firms engaged in a variety of applications.