Computer Science Department

With a solid foundation in computer science and access to state-of-the-art computing facilities, Washington & Lee students are empowered with the problem-solving skills to tackle tomorrow's challenges. Since computer science affects so many other disciplines, many students pursue computer science along with another major. Some students complement another major with computer science courses to improve their marketability after graduation.

Computers have transformed life as we know it. Advances in computing enabled breakthroughs in genetics, protein modeling, medicine, weather simulations, and most scientific fields. Because of the Internet, people separated by oceans can communicate and collaborate at work and through social networks.

The Internet has also revolutionized business practices. Video game and movie graphics are increasingly realistic. Children can learn various skills using fun, educational software. Policies and laws had to be rewritten to account for the new world created in cyberspace. Computer science has been at the center of this technological revolution, creating new opportunities and presenting new challenges in a variety of fields. Computer scientists advance the state of the art by creating more efficient, effective solutions to problems.

Our faculty are devoted to preparing students for their futures as leaders in computer science by teaching them the fundamental problem-solving skills and concepts of computer science and challenging them to derive innovative solutions to new problems. Our faculty also actively participate in research and scholarship, collaborating with colleagues inside and outside of Washington and Lee.

Computer Science Department Blog

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 T-Shirt Design Competition

The Computer Science Department is having a t-shirt design competition!  Put on your thinking caps, recall your favorite puns and slogans, and create a new shirt! Rules: short or long-sleeve t-shirt...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Graduates, Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes 2014

Congratulations to all our Computer Science majors and minors for their outstanding work and efforts this academic year. Graduate majors: Alexander K. Baca, Connor A. Hollenbeck, Jin Huang, Patrick J...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Programming Teams Excel at Dickinson Contest

W&L Programming teams won 2nd and 6th place out of 20 at the annual Dickinson College Programming Contest on Saturday, April 5.  Team “Syntax Error to the Thrown Exception” placed 2nd...

Monday, April 07, 2014

Haley Archer-McClellan ’15′s IUI Conference Experience

By Haley Archer-McClellan Sooner or later, everything connects. It’s the middle of finals week, and everyone is in their own headspace. As a student body, we’re over-caffeinated, we’ve had too little...