Our Interdisciplinary Options

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"Late nights in the graphics lab allowed me to see how CS could connect with other disciplines and Brown’s honors program allowed me to experiment with my first truly interdisciplinary research project. All of this fed into my approach to CS, which is so beyond interdisciplinary at this point that it’s hard to even give me a disciplinary label."                                                                                                                                                                  — danah boyd, Microsoft Principal Researcher and Data and Society Founder

Brown CS is a diverse community of scholars engaged in all aspects of research, teaching, and mentoring in CS and its related disciplines. Realizing the importance of computation and algorithmic thinking in so many scientific, social, and technological endeavors, we collaborate extensively with colleagues in archaeology, applied mathematics, biology, cognitive and linguistic sciences, economics, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics, and neuroscience.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Options

Our joint majors (Brown calls them concentrations) reflect our collaborative orientation, with opportunities to combine computer science with mathematics, applied mathematics, computational biology, and economics. We also have strong undergrad research groups in graphics, neuroscience, and robotics, as well as a long record of involving undergrads in projects that span disciplinary boundaries.

Joint Majors

Graduate Interdisciplinary Options


Our grad students often have advisors in two departments, and they have a history of interdisciplinary work, from creating interactive tools for learning math to devising algorithms to improve characterization of genomic mutations in tumors and improving governmental response to natural disasters. Large-scale collaborations such as the Brain Science Program (over 70 faculty from ten departments conducting theoretical and experimental study of the brain from the molecular to the behavioral and cognitive level) and the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (faculty, students, and affiliates dedicated to robotics as a means to tackle the problems the world faces today) make it easy for students to customize their education to match their diverse interests.