Welcome to OCCS

October 27th, 2015

Computer Science encompasses both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the study of computers and algorithmic processes. Students majoring in computer science at Oberlin are prepared both for further graduate studies in the discipline and also for careers in the industries and businesses that actively recruit computer scientists with a liberal arts background. Computer Science at Oberlin is taught within the context of a liberal arts degree, with emphasis on the lasting principles of the discipline rather than on specific training in particular tools and techniques. The CS Department stresses the fundamentals of computer science while maintaining a highly current and relevant curriculum utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies and tools. More detailed information about the Computer Science major and minor and a complete list of courses can be found in the course catalog.

OCCS Faculty

The faculty welcomes you to Computer Science!

2016 Honor Student Presentations

April 19th, 2016

 Computer Science Department 2016 Honor Presentations

April 25 & April 26

King 243 4:30 -6:00 p.m.

Monday April 25

4:30 Conrad Schloer

5:00  Max Grusky

5:30 Nathan Klein

Tuesday, April 26

4:30  Sam Rossin

5:00  James Quintana

5:30 Gabriel Appleby

Join us for the presentations and refreshments

Programming contest teams take first and second

April 4th, 2016

This past weekend (April 2nd) was the 10th Annual Ohio Wesleyan Programming Contest. We sent 4 teams, all of whom did great, solving at least half the problems.  Oberlin Alpha and Oberlin Prime took first and second place respectively, out of 12 teams total.  Congratulations to our teams!

Graduate School for Computer Science April 7 4:30

March 18th, 2016

Abby Marsh, Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student and Oberlin College 2013 Alumni  will talk about her Graduate School research and life as a graduate student.

Are you considering graduate school? Do you wonder what computer science research looks like?  computer science is an extremely diverse discipline, containing many exciting research areas, and a doctoral graduate degree is the best way to begin your research career.  This talk will give an overview of different fields in computer science research, and discuss human-computer interaction (HCI) research in depth. We will cover the graduate school experience, especially what life is like for a PhD student, the expectations of grad school, and the thrilling world of publishing research.  Students are encouraged to ask questions.  Join us on Thursday, April 7 4:00 for refreshments followed by the talk at 4:30 in King 239


Pure Laziness: An Intro to the Haskell Programming Language

March 3rd, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:30 King 239
Join us for a talk with Richard Townsend; Columbia University:
Pure Laziness: An intro to the Haskell Programming Language

High-level programming languages such as Python and Java increase programmer productivity by abstracting away low-level details like memory management and computer architecture. However, most of these languages still force the programmer to think like a computer; we must tell the computer exactly how to solve a problem via ordered sequences of statements and explicit looping constructs. Functional languages like Haskell provide an alternative approach: instead of telling the computer how to perform a computation, you simply describe the computation itself and let the language do the work. This approach leads to more intuitive programs and higher programmer productivity in the long run. My talk will serve as an accessible introduction to the Haskell language, covering its clean syntax, lazy semantics, and pure functional model. My hope is to engender interest in other programming styles, and show that learning a vastly different programming language can lead to new problem solving techniques applicable throughout a computer scientist’s career.

Refreshments at 4:00 in King 225



Google on Campus!

February 18th, 2016

Bring your questions build answers!

Monday February 22 4:30-5:30 King 239

Oberlin Alum Seth Wimberly and Ted Warner will talk about what it is like to work at Google and some of the cool stuff that the full time engineers and interns work on.  They will share opportunities Google has for technical students.  There will be food and swag for all!  Resume Review drop-in office hours in King 225 Tuesday Feb. 23 2-5pm.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/sB5rwH

CSCI Majors Lunch with Faculty March 7 and April 18 11:30-1:30p.m.

February 10th, 2016

Calling all CSCI majors!  Join the CSCI Faculty for an informal lunch in Stevenson, March 7 and April 18

Griswold East has been reserved from 11:30-1:30

CSCI Community Art Show

December 4th, 2015

CSCI Community Art Show  Saturday, Dec. 5  8:00 p.m. Harkness Basement

Join us!  On display will be visual arts, crafts, music, acts, etc.

All are Welcome.

Upcoming CSCI Events

October 29th, 2015

  • Monday    Nov 2 Noon Winter Term Information Meeting King 239  Pizza Sign up
  • Thursday  Nov 5 12:15-1:15 – MongoDB recruiting and talk  Pizza sign up
  • Friday       Nov 6  6:00p.m.     Dawn Shaikh, Manager @ Google – User Experience Researcher Severance 132B RSVP to pdewinst@oberlin.edu
  • Saturday  Nov 7 1:30-2:30 –   David Asch, Decisiv – Liberal Arts Opportunities @ Software Companies AJ Lewis Hallock Auditorium
  • Wed          Nov 11 Noon – Epic Recruiting Event  More info to follow
  • Tues         Nov 17  Rhys Price Jones Talk Sponsored with Math 4:30 King 239

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Systems

October 23rd, 2015

The Department of Computer Science at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position starting in the Fall of 2016 with teaching and research interests specific to Software Systems (Compilers, Operating Systems, Networks, Databases, or a related field). For additional information, see the full posting at https://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/1175

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by November 13, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration.