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Computer Science

Learn to program, theorize about artificial intelligence, study algorithmic processes, explore the history of video games, and analyze complex biological data.

Whether you are taking a single course or concentrating in Computer Science, you’ll work closely with faculty and tackle projects based on your interests. You'll have the opportunity to learn several languages including Python, C, and Java as well as the basics of functional programming. With the annual topics course, you’ll work on projects of contemporary themes. Many students supplement course work with classes in Mathematics and Pre-Engineering. 

You’ll use these tools as a foundation to follow your passion. You might be using data science to better understand the great Russian novel, building a better health app, or pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence. Wherever you are headed, the faculty are here to support you. And not just faculty, it’s a communal department with students and alumni actively collaborating. By your senior year, Computer Science students have the tools and experience for high level, individualized study. And Simon's Rock is ready to support you with mentoring and research opportunities that are usually only found in graduate school.

Computer Science Club hosts coding workshop with Simon’s Rock Alumni and Google developers.

Related Career Paths

The experience prepares you for a successful career in tech, business, and industry as well as graduate study in computer science and related fields. Recent graduates from the Simon’s Rock program have secured a wide variety of positions ranging from engineering at Google to independent video game development.


Students completing the Computer Science Concentration take the prerequisite Introduction to Computer Programming and then three core courses: Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Data Structures, and an introduction to System Programming. Students must complete 24 Computer Science credits, 21 credits at the 200-level or above, with at least two courses at the 300-level or above.

In addition to regularly scheduled courses, students can pursue independent studies and tutorials as well as taking courses at Bard College at Annandale. Students with hardware or electrical engineering interests should take Analog and Digital Electronics. Students interested in electrical engineering should consider the Dual Degree Columbia University Engineering Program.

Course Spotlight

Student of computer science engaged in coursework

Artificial Intelligence

An examination of selected areas and issues in the study of artificial intelligence, including search algorithms and heuristics, puzzle-solving, game-playing, knowledge representation, and models of deductive and probabilistic inference.


Student Profile

Ishan Guru

“Mathematical Proofs Over Breakfast…”

Ishan Guru

Economics & Computer Science

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