The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science graduated its first class in 1992. Since then, the department has grown to its current size of thirteen tenure-track faculty, several visiting faculty, and four staff members.

In addition to the Computer Science Major, the department supports the Joint Major in Mathematics and Computer Science and the Mathematical and Computational Biology Major. There are currently approximately 80 students total per graduating class in these three majors.

The department works closely with our sister departments at Pomona and Claremont McKenna Colleges and our courses draw students from all five Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University.

The department seeks to provide students with a strong foundational background blending experimentation, theory, and design. Our graduates are equally well-prepared for work in industry and graduate school. The capstone Clinic Program provides students with a year-long software design project and our active Research Program involves approximately 50 students in research, funded by grants and gifts from the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Rose-Hills and Baker Foundations.

Department News

  • Prof. Zach Dodds received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a computing course called “CS for Insight”, which serves non-CS majors who want to build on their introductory CS knowledge to learn how computing can contribute to other fields. The grant funds Prof. Dodds and 18 undergraduate students to work on the project over the next three years.
  • Jane Wu (CS, ‘18), Erin Paeng (Eng, ‘17) and Prof. Jim Boerkoel, along with collaborators Kari Linder (CMC ‘16 Psych) and Prof. Piercarlo Valdesolo (Assistant Prof. Psych, CMC) from Prof. Valdesolo’s MEATlab have had their paper “Trust and Cooperation in Human-Robot Decision Making” accepted for presentation at the 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium on AI for Human-Robot Interaction.
  • Prof. Colleen Lewis is the recipient of The Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, a national award that recognizes a junior faculty member for high-quality research and significant positive impact on diversity.
  • A total of 80 students graduated in May 2016 with one of the three degrees served by the CS Department (51 CS, 23 Joint CS-Math, 6 Mathematical and Computational Biology). Nine of the 51 CS majors are students at Scripps, Pitzer, and CMC.
  • Kyle Lund (Robotics IPS ‘17), Sam Dietrich (Engineering ‘17), Scott Chow (CS ‘17), and Prof. Jim Boerkoel had a paper accepted to the 2016 RSS Workshop on On-line Decision Making in Multi-robot Coordination.