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Computer Science at Colby

Computer Science studies the design of computational processes, computing systems, and virtual objects. We're trying to answer the question, 'What can computers do?', which encompasses theory, application, and hardware.

Due to its broad applicability, Computer Science impacts and interacts with a wide variety of disciplines. Many recent advances in both the natural and social sciences would not have been possible without the exponential growth in computing power and the corresponding design of advanced algorithms brought about by the work of computer scientists.

The Colby Computer Science Department is committed to integrating computer science and the liberal arts. Our goal is to provide Colby students with a strong background in CS, while also teaching them how to integrate their knowledge with other disciplines in order to produce new and innovative discoveries. Whether you want to be a major, minor, or just take a few courses, whatever your interests, knowing more about computers and computation will give you the ability to expand your possibilities.

If you are interested in computer science, drop by and talk with the CS faculty or students on first floor of the new Davis Science Building.

Colby Computer Science Is Hiring

The Department of Computer Science at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in computer science starting in the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants must hold, or be close to completing, a Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, or a related area with a preference for applicants with a background in systems (e.g. architecture, operating systems, networks, or databases). The position requires a balance of excellence in teaching and research.

See our position description for more details and the application process. Review of applications will start on November 1st.

Current Courses

Fall 2014


January 2015


Spring 2015


Library Resources

The Colby Science Library maintains a set of online books through the Colby Safari Online resources. These include many language references and other useful resources.