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Computer Science

Computer Science

The computer science program at Dickinson delivers a rigorous forward-looking curriculum built around enduring principles, foundational theories and modern practices that prepare students for a wide range of possible futures.

Computer science majors design and build software in multiple programming languages, work collaboratively in teams and engage with real-world projects on local, regional, national and global scales. They hone their written and oral communication skills and draw on their whole Dickinson experience to prepare for a world in which technology continually interacts with society. Majors graduate prepared for lives of engagement, in which the ethical application of their technical knowledge to wide-ranging social, business and academic challenges will drive positive change in the world.

Additional details about the computer science major at Dickinson can be found in the computer science advising guide and on the curriculum and courses page.

Contact Info


Jennifer SchaeferProfessor of Mathematics

Department Coordinator

Tonya Miller






Tome Hall - Rector Science Complex Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • BlackRock
  • Google
  • Bloomberg LLP
  • Twitter
  • Broad Institute at MIT
  • GeneOne Life Sciences
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Amazon
  • Raytheon
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Fetch Robotics

Graduate Schools

  • Brown University
  • Villanova University
  • University of California, Berkley
  • National Defense University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Duke University
  • Yale University
  • New York University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Chaotic Systems and Evolutionary Computation
  • Cyber Security IT Lab Junior Summer Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Deep Mind, Google
  • Microsoft
  • Enterprise Knowledge, Washington, DC
  • Audible
  • ADP
  • US Navy
  • Box, Inc.

Student Perspective

"I wanted to have a liberal-arts education, because I wanted to see the overlap between different fields and computer science. I did apply to more technical institutions that had more intricate curricula for the CS field, but I wanted a college that taught me how to apply computer science to things outside of the field. I’m sure that’s touched upon somewhat in those more technical institutions, but I knew that a liberal-arts school like Dickinson would be the best at it."

— Christian Gonzalez ’24

Alumni in Action

Department News

Graduate Story: Edwin Padilla ’16, Vanguard

Graduate Story: Edwin Padilla ’16, Vanguard

A degree in computer science and music and a Career Center event led Edwin Padilla '16 to an AI career at Vanguard. Here's how.

Computer Science Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Computer Science Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Computer science major secures job at Google, and others are accepted into graduate programs at Columbia University and George Mason University.

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

The female chief information officers from two central Pennsylvania colleges will discuss gender biases in the workplace.

DsonMarket: Now Open for Business!

DsonMarket: Now Open for Business!

A new exchange and shopping platform extends the lifecycle of items while offering up great deals.

Bridles and Bots

Bridles and Bots

Hailie Mitchell ’24 is a computer science major and co-captain of the equestrian team who's conducted research in the exciting field of robotics.

Basketball by the Numbers

Basketball by the Numbers

After interning with the athletics department, Andrew Scheiner '25 (comp sci, data analytics) researched tipoffs and jump balls in professional basketball and presented findings at MathFest 2023.