Computer science graduates will enter a very favorable job market with opportunities in business, industry, government and private consulting. There is also a need for secondary school teachers with certification in computer science. The study of fundamental principles of computer science and the strong mathematical component of this major fortify students with the lifelong learning skills essential for success in this rapidly changing field. A degree in computer science provides a suitable background for graduate work in this or a related field.
The E. R. Sleight Computing Laboratory contains a network of workstations dedicated for use by computer science students. These computers run individually or in parallel under the Linux operating system.
The Math/Stat Computing Laboratory is designed especially for students in computer science, mathematics and statistics. This computer laboratory features computers running Windows. Laser printers are available in these labs for high-resolution graphics and typesetting.
These laboratories are part of Albion's campus-wide computer network connecting faculty offices, residence hall rooms, classrooms, laboratories, public computer areas, printers and the library automation system. From computers on the network, students can access their files, run software on the campus network, interact with other computers, send electronic mail and browse the World Wide Web. Virtually every major programming language is available through these systems.
Each year the Mathematics and Computer Science Department awards approximately $30,000 in scholarships in honor of E. R. Sleight, a beloved mathematics professor who taught at Albion from 1908 to 1948. Prospective students with strong interests in computer science are encouraged to contact the department to apply for these scholarships. Additional awards are made to outstanding upperclass students in the mathematical sciences.
Computer science majors are eligible for the J. R. Lancaster Award presented to the student who best exemplifies the liberally educated student and for the Ronald C. Fryxell Prize presented to the outstanding senior in computer science. Each summer several students receive stipends as Kresge Fellows and from other sources for independent research projects in the mathematical sciences. Students participate in regional and national programming competitions. Internships and the Oak Ridge Science Semester provide additional opportunities for intensive computer science study.