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Randolph adds computer science minor

Randolph College students now have the opportunity to take a computer science minor. The new academic program was recently approved by faculty and is open to students immediately. The first elective course will be offered starting in spring 2018 and the core courses will begin in fall 2018.

Current first-years and sophomores are eligible to declare as computer science minors, and because the program builds upon existing courses in the mathematics department, some current juniors with prior credits will also be able to graduate with a minor in computer science.

Marc Ordower, math professor and coordinator for the new minor, said the program answers a high demand among current and prospective students.

“Lots of careers these days involve computer experimentation and the idea of algorithms and handling and processing large amounts of data,” Ordower said. “This is something that even students in other academic disciplines can use and benefit from.”

Classes for the new minor include Computer Programming I, Computer Programming II, Matlab and Labview, Algorithms and Data Structures, Operating Systems, and Software Development.

“It’s very important to me to make sure our students have all the options they could possibly want at a liberal arts college,” Ordower said. “I think this minor will fit into many students’ programs who are focusing on a variety of disciplines. I’m very excited, and the feedback I’ve gotten from faculty has been so encouraging and so positive. And so far the feedback I’ve received from students has been similarly enthusiastic.”

For more information about the new computer science minor, students should talk to their academic advisor or visit

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