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The theory and application of computational solutions to social and scientific problems.

Students who major in computer science at DePauw study the design and development of software and hardware to solve problems in business, scientific and social contexts. DePauw offers first-rate laboratories and facilities that enable students with all levels of computing experience to engage in high-quality courses and innovative application.

Courses & honors


Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Web Programming and Cybersecurity, Autonomous Robotics, Database and File Systems, Graphics, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Networking


National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarship, Winner of the Association for Computing Machinery International Undergraduate Research Competition

Career Options

  • Graduate Programs
  • Information technology consulting
  • Project management
  • Software engineering
  • Systems analysis
  • Database analysis/design
  • Technical writing
  • Game developing
  • Multimedia programming
  • Cybersecurity analysis/development
  • Web design
  • Forensic computer analysis
  • Teaching
  • Software development
  • Quality assurance analysis
  • Data science
  • Machine learning

Internship examples

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Junior Jordyn Blakey is a computer science major and the 2020 winner of the Indiana “Leading Light” undergraduate scholarship. She is also a DePauw nominee for the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship for natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America. Blakey is the lead Computer Science Laboratory tutor, instructing a staff of 18; a member of the Information Technology Associates Program; and an accomplished research student with two summers of research experiences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, working with natural language processing, and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, creating virtual robots. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in computer science so that she can teach and conduct research at the university level.


David Berque, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Awarded U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1997. Awarded more than $2.75 million in grants. Holds three U.S. patents.

Steven Bogaerts, Ph.D., Indiana University. Supervised numerous students in AI research, with multiple student-coauthored publications and awards in national undergraduate research competitions. Earned multiple external grants in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and parallelism, totaling nearly $240,000.

Chad Byers, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Won the Wylie-Condit Scholarship for promising computer science majors at DePauw. 2008 DePauw graduate. Nominated for best paper at the 2011 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. Awarded the Carl V. Page Memorial Graduate Fellowship at Michigan State.

Brian Howard, Ph.D., Stanford University. Co-principal investigator for six years on a $505,000 National Science Foundation grant providing research experiences for undergraduates. Received $15,000 IBM Eclipse Innovation Grant.

Allana Johnson, MBA, Western Governor’s University. Received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw. Worked six years as a software developer at a Fortune 500 company and an award-winning consulting firm in Indianapolis. Pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science.

Khadija Stewart, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University. Co-principal investigator on a $25,000 grant to start the Computing Opportunities for Students of Color organization. Students won best undergraduate research poster at the 2017 Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics; the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges in 2010; and the Council for African Americans in the Mathematical Sciences in 2008.

Scott Thede, Ph.D., Purdue University. Served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for nine years on a National Science Foundation grant of more than $650,000 providing research opportunities for undergraduates.

Gloria Childress Townsend, Ph.D., Indiana University. Received the 2019 SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community Award and the 2007 Career Achievement Award from the IU School of Informatics. Principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants totaling $1.7 million.

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