As an engineering school, we aspire to discover the unknown, educate students, and serve society. Our strategy
focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to
medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry
partners — across disciplines and across the world — we will contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the
Computer Science and Engineering
We are surrounded by the inventions of those who practice computer science and engineering: cell phones, wireless
networks, applications for business and entertainment. The undisputed centrality of computing in our lives is just one
reason that our introductory course has become the most popular course on campus, with more than 1,000 students
per year learning not only how to program, but how to apply logic and computational thinking to solve problems.
This in turn has contributed to dramatic growth in all of our programs. All of our students who seek employment after college find a
job, with many students forced to choose between multiple offers. Many students continue their education at the master’s or doctoral level. The Department of Computer Science & Engineering says to all students, regardless of their background or areas of interest: "Welcome! You belong here!"
The Washington University Advantage
Our department has a unique approach to pedagogy that incorporates elements of active learning and collaboration throughout our curriculum. While obtaining a solid foundation in the fundamentals of our field, our students design and
implement projects that are often based on the students’ creative ideas and interests.
Departments like ours continue to educate generations of students whose imagination, creativity, and hard work made
possible the unprecedented growth in digital technology that took place in the last two decades. Computer science and
engineering education plays a special role in preparing future technology leaders and innovators. It opens their
minds to new horizons, unlocks doors to a broad range of career paths, accelerates professional advancement, and
exposes them to ideas that are advancing the frontiers of science and technology beyond the field of computing.
Outside of our classrooms
We encourage our students to participate in research activities with our faculty, offering a general introduction to
our areas of research in the first semester, a curated in-depth research experience opportunity during summer, and
independent study available during the school year. Many of our students spend a semester studying abroad, where they
can pursue cultural experiences as well as take courses that count toward their studies. There are abundant internship
opportunities for our students, with top companies such as Google visiting on campus each semester to recruit for
summer and full-time employment.
A degree in computer science and engineering opens many doors. Some of our graduates go to graduate school before
beginning their professional careers, and others are hired by companies directly out of college.
A computer science or computer engineering major prepares you to work in a wide range of careers. A few examples of
the many industry segments that employ our graduates are:
- computer and software industry (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel)
- movie and gaming industries
- telecommunications industry
- financial and e-commerce industries
- medicine and biotechnology
- scientific research and development