Why computer science?

By 2024, there will be more than three million computer science jobs in the U.S. alone. Over the next eight years, 800,000 new and replacement jobs will become available across the country. The typical entry-level education for these positions is a bachelor’s degree.

Despite these projections, women comprise a lower percentage of the workforce employed in the computer science field. Only 25 percent of the professional computing workforce in the U.S. are women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Why computer science at Sweet Briar?

The program is practical rather than theoretical. Sweet Briar has a strong tradition in STEM education and is one of only two women’s colleges in the country to offer an ABET-accredited engineering degree. Sweet Briar is building on its STEM successes by establishing a computer science major. Working with Silicon Valley experts at companies like Google, Sweet Briar College has built a curriculum that is immediately relevant to industry needs — with upper-level electives including computer security, computer vision and data science.

Computer Science ClassRequired courses will guarantee that graduates have experience in the widely used programming languages Python, Java and C/C++. Electives include work in the popular languages Swift and R. This coursework, combined with Sweet Briar’s strong liberal arts tradition, will foster in computer science majors the ability to write and communicate effectively, understand ethical and moral considerations, and make connections across disciplines.

What can you do with a computer science major?

Employment prospects in programming, computer security, robotics, data science, and related fields are among the best in the nation, in terms of both quantity and quality. And since computing is part of nearly everything we do in the 21st century, a graduate who wishes to pursue a career in the sciences, medicine, business or the arts will find that her computer science skills help her succeed throughout our technology-driven economy.

The computer science program is part of the engineering, computer science and physics department. Information about the other programs in the department can be found on the following websites: