Department of Computer Science

Develop your technical and problem-solving acumen with a faculty rooted in theory, application, creativity, design, and experimentation — with a dash of fun thrown in.


Professor Joel Sommers instructs a classroom of Colgate students.

One of the first colleges to establish an independent computer science program, Colgate continues its long tradition of leadership in undergraduate computer science education.

Students learn from leading professors who are active scholars, and collaborate with them on graduate-level research.

The department offers the following majors and minor:


  • Computer science
  • Computer science and mathematics


  • Computer science

Department Contacts

Chair: Aaron Gember-Jacobson
Academic Department Coordinator: Charlotte Howard
Office: 209 McGregory
Phone: 315-228-7719

I learned about the multitude of ways computer science can be used in the workplace and gained insight on job and internship opportunities available to me.

Brittany Chin ’21

Beyond the Classroom

Learning and personal development are not confined to academic courses and class time. Through both academic research and involvement in student clubs and organizations, computer science students can both practically apply their skills and explore their potential futures.

We are committed to supporting student clubs so that students can pursue their intellectual interests in computer science that may go beyond our curriculum. I love it that our students want to get involved like this!

Joel Sommers, Professor of Computer Science

Student Research

By participating in academic research alongside field-leading faculty members, Colgate’s computer science students have the opportunity to apply their skills and learning toward the pursuit of knowledge and answers to real-world questions.

Computer science research

Clubs & Activities

Extracurricular clubs and activities provide opportunities for students to both develop and apply practical skills, and explore post-graduation opportunities in academia and industry.

Student clubs