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Dr. Scott Dexter talks with students during a class meeting.

Computing is both technical and social—to study it is to gain knowledge, skills, and insight into one of the fundamental forces shaping contemporary life.

The mission of the Alma College Computer Science program is to provide Alma College students access to the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with and think critically about computation and data in the 21st century.

We strive to become:

  • a key contributor to addressing local and regional problems;
  • a champion of computer science as integral to the liberal arts in the 21st century; and
  • an exemplar of, and hub for, interdisciplinary inquiry on campus and beyond.

The program’s curriculum, pedagogy, and extracurricular activities are guided by the following core beliefs:

  • The only requirements for being a successful computer scientist are curiosity and the willingness to follow where that curiosity leads.
  • The next technological innovations could come from anyone, including those who historically have been undervalued or excluded by technologists and their historians.
  • The questions and challenges of the 21st century will be successfully addressed by skilled individuals working in close collaboration across disciplines, identities, and borders.
  • Building digital systems is playful work, deeply satisfying and frequently joyful.

The Computer Science program provides a wide range of experiences including programming languages and hardware systems. The department maintains a dedicated Macintosh computer laboratory for student use, as well as an advanced computing lab with high-end PCs and Macs for student and faculty research. Graduates are well prepared for graduate study or for a wide range of professional positions including mobile app development, computational science, website and database administration, computer programming, information systems consulting and computer system administration.

Department Resources

The Computer Science program maintains a dedicated Macintosh teaching laboratory, as well as an advanced computing lab with high-end PCs, Macs, and Linux machines for student and faculty research.


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