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The department is located in Hood’s new Hodson Science and Technology Center, which offers up-to-date labs, classrooms, seminar rooms and comfortable study spaces.


Many computer science classes make use of a dedicated Linux lab. Computer science students also have access to public Windows-based PC laboratories on campus. Several specialized and general-purpose departmental servers can be accessed from all campus labs, from dorm rooms and from off campus. All facilities provide full Internet access.


The computer labs are generally open on weekends and there is 24-hour access to the servers. The College provides wireless access to the campus network in selected locations, including the Whitaker Campus Center.


Campus computing facilities are administered by the Information Technology department. Click here for a listing of all computer labs on Hood's campus.


Students intending to study computer science are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer to campus. Notebook computers may be used for taking notes in classes.  

 Network and Lab Access

Students who register for classes at Hood are automatically assigned a username and password that allows access to the campus network and to individual Hood email accounts. Tech support, available from the IT department's End User Computing (EUC) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., can be access by calling 301-696-3622 or emailing The EUC office is located on the fourth floor of Alumnae Hall. The IT staff is available at the beginning of each regular semester to help new users get on the system.


The IT department’s Help Sheet, accessible from the information technology department's main page, includes information about network access, network storage, using the email system and network printing services.


Students need a separate username and password to use the computer science department’s Linux lab and servers. Students who take classes that use these facilities will be given the necessary information by the instructor.


To access the wireless network in Whitaker, students must contact EUC to register their MAC address with them.