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Applied Machine Learning

Bachelor of Science

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

Math & Computer Science Department

The Applied Machine Learning emphasis will help provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to step into the rapidly evolving and futuristic world of artificial intelligence. Through a combination of in-depth, niche coursework and hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll graduate from the program with a strong awareness of where machine learning is headed and how you’ll be able to become part of this advanced, cutting-edge industry.

Program Overview

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Discover the world of AI

Machine learning is one of the fastest growing areas in the computer science industry, driven by the demand for applications such as computer vision, autonomous vehicles, large language models, and fraud detection. In the Applied Machine Learning emphasis major, you’ll take a deep dive into data analytics, machine learning algorithms, deep learning models, and the essential tools used to build them.

Western’s computer science program takes a practical approach towards the topic, focusing heavily on modern tools and frameworks such as OpenCV, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Scikit. Students will not only acquire a broad knowledge of different machine learning models but also gain hands-on experience deploying the machine learning algorithms of their design on drones and embedded platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino. As an undergraduate student, you will graduate with a specialized portfolio that sets you apart as a competitive candidate in future job searches.

A future-oriented pathway

The machine learning emphasis will familiarize you with the potential far-reaching and profound impacts AI will make in the future.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Machine learning/artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing areas in the industry, driven by the demand for computer vision, self-driving cars, large language models, data analytics, fraud detection, and many other exciting applicationsIn the Applied Machine Learning Comprehensive Major, students will take a deep dive into data analytics, machine learning algorithms, deep learning models, large language models, and other cutting-edge algorithms.   

Western students have the option to pursue the 45-credit Standard Program or one of the following Comprehensive Majors: the 63-credit Software Engineering Major, the 60-credit Information Security Major, the 65-credit Scientific Computing Major, or the 63-credit Applied Machine Learning Major.  Course work in the Applied Machine Learning Major will cover modern tools and frameworks such as OpenCV, TensorFlow, Scikit, SpaCy, and NLTK.  Students will learn to build real-world applications related to deep learning, computer vision systems, and large language models. The Applied Machine Learning Major will require the 33-credit Computer Science Core, along with the 30-credit Applied Machine Learning Major emphasis courses.   

A minimum of 63 credits is required, including the 33-credit Computer Science Core and the following: 

Course List
Code Title Credits
Computer Science Core
CS 190Computer Science I3
CS 191Computer Science II3
CS 195Database Management Systems3
CS 250Web Applications Development I3
CS 280Data Structures3
CS 330Operating Systems and Architecture3
CS 370Systems Programming in C3
CS 412Software Engineering3
CS 470Algorithms3
CS 495Senior Project3
MATH 200Discrete Mathematics3
Total Credits33
 

 

Course List
Code Title Credits
CS 220Data Analytics3
CS 303Machine Learning3
CS 385Natural Language Processing3
CS 420Computer Vision3
CS 421Neural Network Engineering3
MATH 213Probability and Statistics (GT-MA1)3
MATH 260Applied Linear Algebra3
And 9 credits of upper-level CS courses outside of the Computer Science Core/Applied Learning emphasis courses, or any of the following: CS 235, ENG 302, MATH 251, MATH 252, MATH 313, MATH 314, MATH 358, MATH 360, MATH 380.9
Total Credits30

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
CS 190 Computer Science I 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
ENG 102 Writing and Rhetoric I (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 141
or MATH 151
Precalculus (GT-MA1)
or Calculus I (GT-MA1)
4
 Credits17
Spring
CS 191 Computer Science II 3
CS 195 Database Management Systems 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
CS 280 Data Structures 3
CS 330
or CS 250
Operating Systems and Architecture
or Web Applications Development I
3
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics (GT-MA1) 3
MATH 260 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
 Credits16
Spring
ENG 103 Writing and Rhetoric II (GT-CO2) 3
CS 220 Data Analytics 3
CS 303 Machine Learning 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
MATH 200 Discrete Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
CS 250
or CS 330
Web Applications Development I
or Operating Systems and Architecture
3
CS 385
or CS 421
Natural Language Processing
or Neural Network Engineering
3
Elective Elective 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 6
 Credits15
Spring
CS 370 Systems Programming in C 3
CS 412 Software Engineering 3
CS 420 Computer Vision 3
Elective Elective 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
CS 470 Algorithms 3
CS 385
or CS 421
Natural Language Processing
or Neural Network Engineering
3
CS Elective CS Elective (upper-division) 3
Elective Elective 6
 Credits15
Spring
CS 495 Senior Project 3
CS Elective CS Elective (upper-division) 6
Elective Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits121

Careers


Top Skills

  • Algorithm Development
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Data Preprocessing & Feature Engineering
  • Model Evaluation & Validation
  • Problem-Solving
  • Programming Proficiency



Career Pathways

  • AI Product Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer

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Fostering your intellectual development is the primary focus of every academic program at Western. Our professors and Office of Career Services will help you identify your strengths, hone your skills, define your goals, and prepare for a fulfilling and enriched life after graduation. Wondering how you can apply your program of choice to your intellectual and personal journey? Check out our “What Can I Do With This Major?” tool to explore the diverse opportunities and pathways within any degree program.

Scholarships

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 30 for 2024. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Applied Machine Learning

Make your time at Western a transformative experience.

  • Independent Projects: Students have worked on projects such as facial recognition software, a gesture-controlled quadcopter, machine learning, Android apps, an online guided tour, commercial websites, and self-guiding vehicles.
  • Information Technology Services: Many computer science students work for the Western IT Department, keeping student and university computers and networks running smoothly.
  • Internships: Students have gotten internships with Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Raytheon, Dell, Northrop Grumman and other companies large and small. Computer science internships pay well and very often lead directly to a permanent job.
  • Lambda Learning Center (LLC): The LLC exists to provide academic support for math, computer science, and engineering, as well as to facilitate student learning beyond the classroom. Students, tutors, and professors get together and create a culture centered not only around understanding and mastering STEM-related coursework, but also exploring new ideas in STEM and building community.
  • Seminars: Faculty at Western provide a variety of different seminars series: industry experts in the Gunnison/Crested Butte valley come to discuss their companies and experience with the students, faculty present what they have been working on, students present their research projects, and faculty provide professionalism topics to help students update and increase their professional brand.

A cutting-edge workspace

In the machine learning emphasis, you’ll take classes in the Paul M. Rady building, equipped with all the latest technology and tools you need to put your classroom knowledge into practice.

Department Information

Math & Computer Science Department

Department Chairperson

Jeremy Muskat, Ph.D.

Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, Professor of Mathematics

Rady Building Administrative Assistant

Kelley Jones

Administrative Assistant III

Campus Location

Rady Building 272

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