Over the course of three decades, the computer science department at Washington and Lee has built a curriculum that provides outstanding computer science education in a liberal arts setting. We offer students courses in all of the major areas of computing, as well as opportunities to participate in several ongoing research programs sponsored by our faculty.
Beginning students take a two-semester introductory programming sequence course in the Python language, where they become proficient in problem solving and developing software using the latest and most advanced programming techniques. They then take courses in software development with Java, computer organization (assembly language and C programming), programming language design, and algorithm analysis. Electives in many areas are then available. You can enter the honors program and write a senior thesis if you qualify.
Research areas included robotics, web applications, digital humanities, and genetic programming. The department also has strong interdisciplinary ties to such areas as neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, business administration, and digital humanities.
Faculty sponsor student research with summer internships, and you can also find summer opportunities at other universities, in government, or in the private sector. Some graduates have been admitted to some of the top graduate schools in the country. Other graduates use our aggressive career office and strong alumni network to find permanent employment in government or the private sector.
Students have majored in computer science and also majored in almost any other subject here. Many students have another science major, such as biology or physics; some have a second major in our commerce school, and a few have a second major in a subject like philosophy, classics, or theater. Students can also have a minor in a subject that offers one, where you take approximately one half of the courses required for a major. In all cases, we encourage our majors to pursue a broad sampling of subjects in the liberal arts, which we believe is the best was to get a true education.
We have a collegial and fun-loving group of students in the program at any given time, and our record of attracting women and students of underrepresented groups to the major is unsurpassed. Our majors, like other students, are involved outside the classroom in many extracurricular clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
In short, if you want a first-rate computer science education at a first-rate liberal arts college, you should check out the computer science department at Washington and Lee. Please feel free to contact the department chair, Professor Ken Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Computer Science Department Blog
Friday, June 24, 2016
Faculty Focus — Professor Ken Lambert’s Book
CSCI Department Chair, Ken Lambert, is spending the summer completing a book on computer programming called “A Gentle Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell”. Click on the link to learn more! https://www.wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x15957
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
2016 T-Shirt Survey
Friday, May 27, 2016
Computer Science Major/Minor Award Recipients
Congratulations to the following CSCI students who have received scholarships awards or prizes: MICHAEL WATKINS HOLT – Special Honors – Valedictorian; The Robinson Award in Mathematics and Science, Johnson Scholar, William D. McHenry Male Scholar-Athlete LUCY MAUDE SIMKO (’11) – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (three years of funding in support of graduate study) JOHANNA MICHELLE GEORGEN – The […]
Friday, May 27, 2016
2016 Computer Science Graduation Reception and the complete list of Graduates
The CSCI Reception honoring the 2016 Senior Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 25th in the Great Hall. The Reception provided a great opportunity for faculty, students and their families to get together and celebrate. Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2016! […]
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
CSCI Major Michael Holt ’16 honored at Athletic Department Awards
The 2016 Athletic Department Awards, held on May 17th at Lee Chapel, paid tribute to W&L’s exceptional student-athletes. Senior tennis player, Michael Holt, was the male recipient of the William D. McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Click on the link to learn more about Michael’s achievements and about the other honorees… http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2016/05/24/wl-announces-2016-athletic-department-awards/