• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
  • Facilities

Computer Science


Ripon College offers a major and minor in computer science. Our computer science program offers “hands-on” experiences as well as theoretical study. Learning-by-doing is stressed at all levels of the curriculum. Every year, our students compete in the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming contest. Computer science can lead to careers in network administration, database administration, website development and design, systems development, software engineering, technical support, teaching and consulting.

Every senior student engages in a project that culminates in public talks, individual papers, and often publication in Summation, Ripon College’s journal of mathematics and computer science scholarship.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.


Andrea Young

Andrea N. Young

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Chester Ismay

Chester Ismay

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science


David W. Scott

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Diane Beres

Diane Beres

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program

Karl Beres

Karl Beres

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Kristine J. Peters

Kristine Peters

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

McKenzie Lamb

McKenzie Lamb

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Department


Career Tracks

What can I do with a math and/or computer science degree?

Recent graduates of our program work for:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Agnesian Health Care
  • Capital One
  • Creative Commons
  • Direct Supply
  • Epic Systems
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Graef Anhalt Schloemer & Associates
  • Icarus Studios
  • Impromed
  • Interquest
  • Kana Software
  • Loos Machine & Automation
  • Mercy College
  • Midwest Manufacturing
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • Signicast Corporation

Job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Unix Systems administrator
  • Math teacher
  • Business analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Operator engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Problem manager analyst
  • Loan specialist
  • iPhone game developer
  • Programmer analyst
  • Tech consultant
  • Business process developer
  • Automation programmer
  • Director of information technology
  • IS programmer
  • IT service management lead

Off-Campus Study

Our computer science and mathematics students often study at the University of Wales in Swansea, on the Oak Ridge Science Semester in Tennessee, and on the Budapest Semester. These off-campus programs allow undergraduates to study and do research at the frontiers of current knowledge in mathematics and computer science.


Unique Opportunities

The department’s monthly colloquium is open to all students. Programs include films and talks by speakers on a large range of topics, including applications of computer science and mathematics and careers in related areas.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.


The department’s two computer laboratories feature current-generation computer systems and computational resources. Computer systems are connected to the campus computing facilities and the Internet by way of a DS3 connection. More computer systems are accessible in five laboratories at other campus locations. Software for symbolic computer algebra, statistical analysis, word processing, software development, spreadsheets, and a variety of other productivity and analysis tools are available on all computer systems in our laboratories.