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About the Program

Computer science is a discipline of study that focuses on computation, information and automation. The pervasiveness of computing and data in the modern world gives computer science a centrality akin to mathematics. While programming is an essential part of computer science, problem solving and algorithm development is central to the education of any computer scientists. The Department of Computer Science offers an array of classes that can lead to specializations in cybersecurity and machine learning in addition to the core computer science specialization.

Undergraduate students complete a structured program (B.A./B.S.) based on guidelines from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Graduate students pursue a master’s or Ph.D. degree, which can be specialized in computational science or computational operations research. You can also complete a one-year M.S. degree that combines a B.S./B.A. degree with one year of intensive graduate study. 

What Makes Us Different

  • Women in Computer Science

    1/3 of the computer science majors at W&M are women (much higher than the national average)!

  • Rankings

    #16 Top Public Colleges for Tech Salaries (The Wall Street Journal 2023)

  • World-Renowned Researchers

    W&M faculty are research-active experts committed to educating students on their rapidly changing field.

Applied Learning



Computer science majors are successful due to their training in logical thinking, problem-solving and the use of abstract structures to represent and process information. Some choose to pursue graduate-level study in computer science or professional fields such as business, law and medicine. Alumni are in high demand by employers ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small start-up firms. Employers consistently mention the exceptional quality and well-rounded training of W&M graduates. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, in 2020 computer science remained one of the top-paid majors and had the highest job offer rate.

Alumni Highlight

Clare Heinbaugh '23 was a computer science major who was a member of the W&M team who placed in the top four of the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Now, she is a Marshall Scholar studying machine learning, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction at the University of Cambridge followed by the University College London.


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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.