Welcome to OCCS

December 23rd, 2013

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!

Deciding between graduate school vs. industry?

April 18th, 2014


Applying to Graduate Schools

Question and Answer Session


Are you considering going to graduate school to continue studying computer science?  Thinking you’d like to know more about the process and get some info from others about it?  Then come to our Q&A session on Tuesday, April 22 at 12:15pm for a PIZZA LUNCH and more info.  King 235.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What CS grad school is like — the first two years and beyond
  • What is CS research like?
  • Is grad school right for me?
  • Masters or PhD?
  • How do you apply?
  • How to choose schools/advisors?
  • Getting good letters of recommendation
  • Things you can do now to improve your chances of being accepted
  • and any other questions you might have

RSVP required! Sign up in the CS office (King 223) by Monday to attend.

CS Community Art Show

April 18th, 2014

CS Community Art Show

CS Art Show Flyer

When: Saturday, April 26th

Time: Opens at 8pm, Performances and readings at 9pm

Where: Harkness Dining Area

What: Art and creative things of many kinds created by the CS Community

Like What? Video games, video game art, comics, drawings, painting, musics electronics, crafts, knitting, etc.

Want to submit something? Send the CSMC some email:


csmc@cs.oberlin.edu

Bravest Warriors Marathon!

April 17th, 2014

Become a Warrior

Join the CSMC this Saturday, April 19 for a Bravest Warriors marathon in the downstairs lab starting at 7pm.

Popcorn will be provided!!!

Everyone should come, majors and non-majors alike.

Putting Healthcare in Your Hands

April 9th, 2014

Join us on Friday, April 9 for a 12-1pm talk by Beenish Chaudhry entitled: “Putting Healthcare in Your Hands” in King 235.

Abstract: Our healthcare system is undergoing a seismic shift that is breaking the old information asymmetry – where doctors had all the information and patients had very little – now technology is being used to collect data to give patients an easy way to access key facts and gain knowledge for decisions about health. While we know how to target this information for the affluent and their lifestyles, what are we doing for those with low socioeconomic background? In this talk, you will learn about technology design challenges and solutions for this population, and what needs to be done in the future.

Set up your laptop for programming!

April 8th, 2014

Have burning issues getting your laptop set up to work on your fun CSCI assignments?

burning laptop

I think they took overclocking too far!

Want some help getting Python/Java installed?  Some hands-on assistance on how to transfer files back and forth?

The CSMC is hosting a drop-in session to help students get it all figured out!

  • Date: Wednesday, April 7
  • Time: 7:30-9:00pm
  • Where: King 201 (Upstairs CS lab)

There will be people there to help setup Windows, Mac, and Linux laptops.  Hope to see you there!

On-campus summer CS research opportunities!

March 18th, 2014

There are a number of CS research projects that will be happening on campus this summer.  If you are an Oberlin student (including those graduating this year) and are interested in getting paid to do work on nifty CS projects, check out the project descriptions and fill out this Google form

Research time in the lab

Research time in the lab

Bob Geitz recognized for Excellence in Teaching

February 28th, 2014

Our very own Bob Geitz was awarded Oberlin’s 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching award for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division.  Click on the image below to read more.

Oberlin's 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching awardees

Oberlin’s 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching awardees

2014 CS T-Shirt Contest – due March 15

February 25th, 2014

Get your CS T-Shirt design in by March 15!!!!

Students compete at the Denison Programming Contest

February 22nd, 2014

Five teams of Oberlin students competed at the Denison Programming Contest this past weekend.  All of them placed in the top half of the 18 teams competing.

The final rankings and problems are here: http://personal.denison.edu/~lalla/DSPC/results14.html

Our teams were:

  • Amanda Strominger, Scott Hulver, Nathan Klein (1st)
  • Peter Fogg, Sayer Rippey, Oren Shoham (2nd)
  • Meg Davis, Kira Goldner, Devon Wells (4th)
  • Eli Rose, Gabe Richman, Clay Hudgens (8th)
  • Mischa Lewis-Norell, Chris Egerton, Robin Wong (9th)

Congratulations to all of them!

Cynthia Taylor Publishes on Peer Instruction In Small Liberal Arts Colleges

February 13th, 2014

https://oncampus.oberlin.edu/faculty-staff/notes/2013/09/04/cynthia-taylor-publishes-peer-instruction-small-liberal-arts-colleges