What Students Say
• What can you learn from it?
• What is it like being a Computer Science major?
• What are common misconceptions about Computer Science majors?
• What kind of internships and international experiences have majors had?
• How will Computer Science majors save the world?
• Why would anyone want to date a Computer Science major?
All majors have to take at least two courses in each of the theory, information systems and applications tracks, two additional departmentals and their respective independent work requirement. What people focus on beyond that is really up to them. Some people abandon programming, take a lot of math courses and focus on theory. Some people develop electrical engineering alter-egos and work on computer hardware. Some focus their studies on particular applications in other disciplines, like music, economics, or psychology.
"We could program before we could talk." This is only true for the 13% of us who spoke our first words to fellow programmers at Princeton (typically "floating" and "point").
Computer scientists are integral to virtually every business in the modern world. That means that there's a demand for us in everything from finance to politics to bioengineering. Of course, traditional computer companies such as Google and Microsoft pay special attention to us, and a large number of CS majors end up interning and/or working for companies like those. We typically have excellent job placement rates and starting salaries—in fact, we often have the highest average starting salaries of any major at Princeton.
Who builds the latest techno-gadgets for Batman? Who hacks the alien computer systems when they're about to take over the Earth? Who does Jack Bauer turn to when he's out of options?