Computer Science

The study of computer science at Bennington entails a rigorous inquiry into the nature and applications of computers and computational principles.  Our courses are project-based, and reinforce theory by emphasizing and exploring real-world applicability.

Every student concentrating in Computer Science begins with an introduction to the field, including:

  • Tools and operating system fundamentals – development tools, overview of Unix/Linux, basic operating system layout and principles
  • Computational thinking – problem solving, algorithm/program design, introductory programming skills (Python)
  • An overview of the field – people, areas of research and study, and problems of note to computer scientists

From here, students may choose from a variety of courses in the following areas:

  • Data Structures (currently taught using C)
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Management Systems (including NoSQL and distributed databases)
  • Distributed & Internet-Scale Systems
  • Object-Oriented Programming (C++, Java, C#)
  • Computer Architecture & Assembly Language
  • Computing for the Developing World
  • Computing for Activism
  • Environmental Impacts of Computing

In addition, students may pursue Field Work Term (FWT) projects in the areas of computing and computer science.  Some recent examples include:

  • 2 students working as interns for Nebula (cloud computing startup) under faculty supervision
  • Independent research / senior projects in computer science

FWT projects and experience also help build a strong resume and marketable job skills for future employment.  Students concentrating in computer science are advised on how to build a great resume, tips for interviewing for jobs in the technology industry, and/or how to prepare for graduate school.

Visit the Computer Science at Bennington web site for more information on current courses, faculty, and projects.

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