The discipline of computer science examines, at one extreme, the core question of what can be computed and at the other, whether the combination of algorithms and computers can lead to intelligence. In between these limits, it continues to produce new ideas that change how people work, play, and interact with each other. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals and the Computer Science Department's Learning Goals.
Computer Science Major
The major in computer science is designed to meet the broad needs of students in a liberal arts environment. CS majors learn to write programs well, but they also investigate broader issues of the power, limitations, and applications of computing. A major in computer science consists of a minimum of 40 credits; for details about required courses, see the Computer Science chapter of the catalog.
Our program offers solid preparation for independent research leading to an honors thesis, graduate study, and work in computing.
Computer Science Minor
A minor in computer science consists of a minimum of 20 credits (five courses). Students interested in a minor should consult with a member of the computer science faculty.
Engineering Dual-Degree Program
Mount Holyoke students can earn a degree in engineering in different ways, either by earning a master's or PhD degree in engineering after graduation from Mount Holyoke or by earning a second bachelor's degree, through what is called a Dual-Degree Engineering program.