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The overall goal of the Computer Science Department at Vassar is to give students a solid foundation in computer science theory and the principles of structuring and manipulating data. In addition to offering a full program of core computer science courses, the department offers a range of courses in areas relevant to the broader liberal arts curriculum, including artificial intelligence, robotics, computational linguistics, graphics and animation, and bioinformatics. The department is an active participant in Vassar’s HHMI–funded Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science.

The department houses two computer laboratories containing machines running the Linux operating system. Several on-going research projects within the department offer students the opportunity to work with faculty on real problems both during the academic year and over the summer.