Why Study Computer Science at K?
As a computer science student, you will gain a firm foundation in computing and the skills to adapt, explore, and thrive in the ever-changing field.
Balancing theory and application, you will not only learn the technical know-how needed to create and implement technologies, but you will also gain a broader understanding of the societal and environmental implications of technology. With this holistic view of computer science, our students are trained to address today’s most pressing technological challenges.
Starting from the basics, like learning coding languages and data structures, you will learn how to write complex code in advanced software development courses. You will additionally learn how to transfer these skills into specialized fields through courses, such as Cryptography, Parallel Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Computing for Environmental Science.
Our alumni have benefited from learning computer science at a liberal arts college as they develop the ability to critically evaluate complex problems, artfully articulate their ideas, as well as understand how their work fits into the larger picture. These skills—along with the technical capabilities they learned in their coursework and their Senior Integrated Project—set our graduates apart and position them for lifelong success.
What can you do with a computer science degree?
Below are some of the careers, employers, and graduate schools of our computer science alumni.
- Software Engineer
- IT Business Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Lead Developer
- Web Developer
- Goldman Sachs
- Atomic Object
- University of Michigan
- University of Virginia
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Boise State University
At K, you are not alone in your learning
By studying computer science at K, you are joining a strong community of learners. You will benefit from one-on-one mentorship with your professors, who are interested in guiding your professional passions and getting to know you as an individual. The department is also proud of the strong camaraderie between students. Exemplifying this peer support is the Collaboration Center, a tutoring group where advanced students are available to assist you with assignments, studying for exams and helping you navigate K.
Grow alongside your peers
Our students support one another in their personal, professional, and technical growth throughout their four years. This student bond is fostered across campus—especially through the Computer Science Society, a student group for those interested in taking their CS beyond the classroom. The group regularly meets to cooperatively work on interesting projects and develop new technical skills while also creating space for peer mentorship, networking events, and fostering community.
Graduate with the skills to thrive
You will gain tangible skills to jumpstart your career by completing your Senior Integrated Project (SIP). Typically, computer science majors either conduct independent research—often through Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)—or complete and reflect upon an internship in industry. For example, Abby Stewart ‘22 interned with Sparrow Health Systems as an applications analyst for her SIP, “Applying a Computer Science Education in Healthcare IT.” She applied her liberal arts background to follow medical practitioners to better create the technological infrastructure needed to improve patient outcomes.
Meet the Current Departmental Student Advisor
Kate Haywood (She/Her/Hers)
Majors: Computer Science and Biology
What is the best thing about being part of this department?
Everyone in the computer science department is incredibly welcoming and helpful.
What is your advice to first-years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Come to Tea Time and the CS Collaboration Center to make friends and get extra help if needed! I really have enjoyed my time with everyone in the department.
How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have and truly enjoyed all of the different classes I have taken. I actually didn’t take a Computer Science class until the spring term of my first year. I took Computer Science 107 Pictures and Sounds initially as a breadth class, then decided that I enjoyed it enough to major in it!
What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have participated in the following: Student Conservation Association internship at Arches National Park, YMCA of Barry County community outreach programs, Teaching Assistant for the CS Department, Swim for Success and Sisters in Science.
What is your Senior Integrated Project (SIP)?
I am doing a 1-unit summer SIP. The SIP will include a write up of my internship at Arches National Park through the Student Conservation Association.