Computer Science Department

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 way 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 lambertk@wlu.edu, if you have any questions.

Computer Science Department Blog

Friday, May 26, 2017

CSCI graduate Jordan Krasner ’17 named ODAC Player of the Year

Congratulations to Jordan for being named Player of the Year by The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).  This is Krasner’s second Player of the Year award as he also received the honor during his sophomore year at W&L.   Krasner is the eighth-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region.  His singles record is 15-9  going into […]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

List of CSCI Graduates–Class of 2017

Congratulations!!! Computer Science Majors: Azmain Amin Phil Bennett Lenny Enkhbold Fred Gisa Stevan Hall-Mejia Rob Jones Jordan Krasner Perry O’Connor Patrick Ozark Lauren Revere Mina Shnoudah Shane Siebken Jamie White Brennon Williams Computer Science Minors: Asha Campbell Dan Claroni Michael Garcia Evan Hinkle Joe Perrella Nika Pogrebna Rachel Stone

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CSCI 2017 Senior Graduate Reception

The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center.  The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!      

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CSCI Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

Congratulations to these CSCI students who have received scholarships awards or prizes: MD AZMAIN AMIN – The Computer Science Department Award ALICIA MARTINEZ – The John Preston Moore III Award SARAH ANNE TROISE (’19)  – The H. Thomas Williams Jr. Undergraduate Research Award ELIZAVETA V. FREED (’18 Minor) – Women’s Golf, Most Outstanding Performer JOSEPH F. PERRELLA  – Men’s Lacrosse, T.W. Martin Memorial Lacrosse Award EMILY […]