Student works on code in robotics lab

Computer Science

Computer science study at Grinnell is innovative — you experience varied pedagogical and problem-solving approaches. It’s comprehensive, involving several programming languages and a balance of theory and application. It’s thorough — guided by national curricular guidelines and taught in dedicated facilities. It offers extensive opportunities for student-faculty research, and can prepare you for further study or careers in network and database administration, systems analysis, computer science, technical roles, and independent contracting.

Screenshot of the curriculum diagram page on the computer science website.

Why study computer science?

The website for the Department of Computer Science offers detailed information for prospective students and for current students.  

Computer Science Table

Tuesdays at noon

Computer Science Table (CS Table) is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Tuesdays, noon-12:50 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center 224B. 

Sept. 10, 2019. AirPods and one author's take on what they say about our society today. What are the positive and negative effects on society by AirPods and the sorts of technology they more broadly represent? The reading is available outside Professor Curtsinger's office. 

Students on meal plans, faculty, and staff are expected to cover the cost of their meals. Visitors to the College and students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department; contact Professor Osera for more information on how to do this.

Thursday Extras

A weekly seminar

This series of weekly computer science lectures take place in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center 3821, with refreshments in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817) 15 minutes before the event.

Sept. 12, 2019, 4:15 p.m. "A Just Society Needs Decentralized Tech" reports on a summer internship in Berlin at Vocdoni, an organization building a decentralized and secure online voting platform. How might peer-to-peer systems be used to make high-stakes applications secure and universally verifiable? What are the political implications of these innovations? Join us to find out.

Department Information

Fax
(641) 269-4984

Noyce Science Center
1116 Eighth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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