Computer science is now a critical tool for pursuing an ever-broadening range of topics, from outer space to the workings of the human mind. In most areas of science and in many liberal arts fields, cutting-edge work depends increasingly on computational approaches. The undergraduate program at Brown is designed to combine breadth in practical and theoretical computer science with depth in specialized areas. These areas range from traditional topics, such as analysis of algorithms, artificial intelligence, databases, distributed systems, graphics, mobile computing, networks, operating systems, programming languages, robotics and security, to novel areas including games and scientific visualization.
Students in this concentration will:
The Department of Computer Science offers A.B. and Sc.B. concentrations for undergraduates, as well as a number of joint concentrations with other departments. To qualify for Honors a student must achieve an outstanding reco rd (mostly A's and no C's) in courses used to satisfy concentration requirements. The student must complete a two-semester thesis under the supervision of a committee of two faculty members, one of whom must be in the CS department, and the committee must deem the thesis worthy of Honors. A student should choose a thesis advisor by no later than the end of the first month of her or his penultimate semester and present a one-page thesis proposal for review by the committee in the first month of the final semester. The student must submit the completed thesis to the committee by the university deadline and defend it at a public presentation. Please see the department's website for a complete description of admission procedures and requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Alumni who concentrated in Computer Science are now employed in academia as well as the public and private sectors as software engineers, IT consultants, programmers, marketing executives, and scholars in the fields of computer science, linguistics, engineering, and compuational biology. Visit the Computer Science alumni newsgroup.
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