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


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. We will try to keep this going remotely for the remainder of the semester. A meeting link will be distributed through the CS Students email list.

May 5, Noon (Grinnell time). For our final discussion of the spring semester, we're talking about tool-assisted video game speedrunning (TAS) and what people do to complete video games as quickly as possible. For computer scientists, it's a fascinating study in software deconstruction and reverse engineering that has been performed by the TAS community. Watch the following videos by Bismuth: a brief explanation of TAS, and then an explanation of the current TAS record for Super Mario 64

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.

On hold until further notice.  

Department Information

(641) 269-4984

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

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