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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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Senior Gabrielle “Gabby” Coffing, who double-majors in computer science and cellular and molecular biology, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America.

Gabby, who is a member of the women’s track and field team, plans to pursue a doctoral degree in computational biology or bioinformatics so that she may teach and conduct research at the university level and demonstrate to students how computer science enriches biological research. 


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 $1 million in grants. Holds three U.S. patents.

Steven Bogaerts, Ph.D., Indiana University. Students achieved third place in a national artificial intelligence game competition in 2016. Received a $24,000 cloud-computing grant in 2017-18.

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.

Douglas Harms, Ph.D., Ohio State University. Won DePauw’s Exemplary Teaching Award for 2015- 16. Leads the Community Technology Enhancement Program, a DePauw-affiliated organization that collects and refurbishes computers and provide them to Putnam County residents.

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.

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.

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.

Gloria Childress Townsend, Ph.D., Indiana University. Received the 2015 Making a Difference Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for her commitment to women students and the 2007 Career Achievement Award from the IU School of Informatics. Principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants totalling $1.7 million.

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