Computer Science

Program Information

Professors: Brady (Co-Chair), Cutter(Co-Chair), Howser, Érdi, Tobochnik

The mission of the computer science program is to provide students with a foundation in the concepts and skills underlying computer science, in the context of an integrated, multi-dimensional liberal arts program. The study of computer science enriches a liberal arts education by fostering skills in problem-solving, logical reasoning, organizing and manipulating information, expressing ideas precisely and effectively, and managing complexity. Students who want to develop their skills in these areas may take introductory courses or continue on for a major or minor.

The computer science program is committed to providing a firm foundation in computing to our majors and minors, and to creating an environment in which students who do not think of themselves as computer scientists can learn about the discipline, discover an interest in it, explore, and thrive. At every level, the program is designed to expose students to the central themes of this rapidly evolving discipline, and to generate an understanding of the principle techniques and algorithms necessary to support meaningful applications.

Students who graduate from this program are prepared for graduate study or a wide range of computing careers.


Computer Science Department News

Physics Professor Honored with Teaching Award

Tobochnik2 Jan Tobochnik, the Dow Distinguished Professor in Natural Sciences,  has been named as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The Oersted Medal recognizes outstanding, widespread, and lasting … Continue reading

The Rosemary K. Brown Professor Chosen

lyceFall2015 Kalamazoo College today named Alyce Brady, Ph.D., the Rosemary K. Brown Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science. Alyce has taught in those departments at Kalamazoo College for 22 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and her master’s … Continue reading

Walking In Memphis with K Students

K Math Students in Memphis Feb 2016 Six Kalamazoo College math and computer science students traveled to Memphis, Tenn., March 3-5 (or, in K-speak, the end of 9th Week!) to attend the annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education … Continue reading

A Break for Microbial Evolution

anushThumb Talk about making the most of an opportunity! Sophomore Tanush Jagdish took the initiative to contact microbiologist Richard Lenski (Michigan State University), who had visited Kalamazoo College last spring as the biology department’s Diebold Symposium keynote speaker. Tanush inquired about … Continue reading

K women show GISMO girls there’s no magic to learning computer science

DiazTHUMB More Kalamazoo College Computer Science majors doing good things: Recently, Natalie Davenport ’16, Octavia Smith ’18 and Melany Diaz ’16 (l-r in photo) led sessions on Android app creation for Kalamazoo-area sixth- and seventh-grade girls at GISMO (Girls Investigate Science … Continue reading

K Computer Science Students Make Their Professor Proud

Pam Cutter''s Computer Science teams 2015 Two teams of Kalamazoo College students traveled to the ACM ECNA International Collegiate Programming Contest regional competition at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids recently — and “both teams did great,” said Associate Professor of Computer Science Pam … Continue reading

Aced it With ACEit!

ndrewThumb Senior computer science major Jae Hyun Choe presented a poster at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition. The title of his presentation was “ACEit!–Android app to Assist Children in Learning to Read English.” The work was based … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College students launch Versapp app with help from an alumnus

Versapp Will and Giancarlo Users of a new social media application developed by two K juniors no longer have to worry about not having a second chance to make a first impression with its concept of anonymous interaction. Versapp, a social media application combining … Continue reading

The William Randolph Hearst Undergraduate Research Fellowship at K

Thanks to a generous gift from The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Kalamazoo College has established the William Randolph Hearst Undergraduate Research Fellowships. These competitive fellowships will provide support for summer research projects for K students majoring in the sciences or mathematics. … Continue reading

Hornet Teams Display Computing Power in ACM Competition

Orange Hornets (l-r) Kyle Sunden, Lucas Kushner, and Fayang Pan, all seniors. Two teams of Kalamazoo College students recently competed and computed in the annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Intercollegiate Regional Programming competition. When the dust settled, the Orange and Black left some big competitors feeling blue. The Orange Hornets team … Continue reading