“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes, biology about microscopes, or chemistry about beakers and test tubes. Science is not about tools. It is about how we use them, and what we find out when we do.”

-- Michael Fellows and Ian Parberry

"Computer science is a liberal art. It's something everyone should know how to use ... and harness in their life." 

-- Steve Jobs

There is no discipline today that has not been affected by computing. From the fine arts to the natural sciences, computers are used to enable creativity, enhance skills, and explore new horizons. The Department of Computer Science at Ithaca College embraces this vital and exciting definition of computing and computers.  

You don't see yourself as the stereotypical computer programmer? Neither do we! If your interest is in computing as a way to make a career or make a difference, we encourage you to major in CS and minor in another area. Here are just a few of the ways you might go:

  • Want to create computer games?  Minor in art or art history.
  • Want to help people? Minor in one of the health sciences offered at Ithaca's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.
  • Want to participate in the exploration of the universe or the microbial world? Or would you rather contribute to the creation of new pharmaceuticals or to a sustainable future?  Minor in one of the natural sciences.
  • Want to make computers your future? Minor in mathematics or business.

There is no limit to the number of possibilities.

What if your interests lie in other disciplines? Then consider one of our minors as a way to broaden both your horizons and your prospects.  

We encourage you to learn about our department and our programs. And if you have an idea you'd like to explore or a question you'd like to ask, we'd love to hear from you.

You can also check out the "Documents" section to view our brochure, a presentation on "What is Computer Science," or a movie of our VR research.

Small classes, close-knit department, faculty-student research collaborations.  (See descriptions of faculty research)

We are always happy to speak with prospective students interested in our programs.  Schedule through the Admissions office or contact us directly: