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?

Among the varied answers you will get from computer scientists, many involve a love of problem solving, the opportunity to contribute to society, and diverse career options. 

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, Room 224B.

Nov. 19. Our next few discussions will focus on how technology is used to influence the democratic process. Nov. 19 we'll talk about digital canvassing: the use of digital technology such as social media to reach out to your electorate.  With the rise of big data and data science, political campaigns are quickly realizing the power of these tools to help understand, reach out, and influence potential voters. 

  • A brief introduction: Social Roots.  What is Digital Canvassing? SocialRoots @  September 6, 2017.
  • A look at the digital canvassing techniques of the Obama campaign in 2012, which revolutionized how politicians use technology in their campaigns: Sasha Issenberg.  How Obama's Team Used Big Data to Rally Voters.  MIT Technology Review: Intelligent Machines.  December 19, 2012.

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 contact Professor Osera to find out how to charge their meals to the department.

Computer Science 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.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 4:15 p.m. In "Personal Finance for CS Majors," Philip Kiely '20 provides an overview of some fields of personal finance (compensation, taxation, and investing) with a focus towards information for CS Majors. For example, did you know that the income limit for a Roth IRA account was $137,000 in 2019, or less than the reported average starting salary for a L3 Google employee? Don't worry if you don't recognize some of these words, that's what the talk is for!

Department Information

(641) 269-4984

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

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