In this new program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, the highest-ranked public school in Colorado and 16th among public engineering programs in the nation. You’ll be admitted as a Western student, and after your second year, you’ll transfer to University of Colorado Boulder to complete your degree—all while enjoying the personal attention, small class sizes, spectacular surroundings and adventurous community of Western Colorado University.
Earn an increasingly relevant and prestigious degree.
Computer science is concerned with how computers are constructed, how they store and process data, how they are used in problem-solving and how the quality of those solutions are assessed. It is about the science of creating software for a variety of users and understanding how that software interacts with the hardware on which it is run. Computer scientists work most often on the hardware and software aspects of system design. They develop new theories of computation and algorithms, design new hardware and sensors, develop large software systems, evaluate the utility and usability of software systems and study the impacts of computing technology on society. (Courtesy of University of Colorado Boulder)
In the program, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity through Western’s unique partnership program. You’ll complete your initial two years as a Western student, then transfer to University of Colorado Boulder to finish the program—all while attending classes at Western’s campus in Gunnison. Through the program, you’ll benefit from the experience of renowned faculty with the latest knowledge in computing, while earning a prestigious degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. You’ll graduate with hot career prospects and be more than prepared to meet the demands of the field.
The partnership program is housed in the new, state-of-the-art Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering at the heart of Western’s campus. The new school and partnership program were created with an astounding $80 million gift from an alumnus who as CEO of Antero Resources in Denver has recognized an ever-growing demand for seriously trained, well-rounded computer science and engineering professionals.
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.
|CS 190||Computer Science I||3||View|
|CS 191||Computer Science II||3||View|
|CS 280||Data Structures||3||View|
|CS 330||Operating Systems and Architecture||3||View|
|CS 370||Systems Programming in C||3||View|
|CS 412||Software Engineering||3||View|
|ENG 102||Academic Writing (GT-CO1)||3||View|
|MATH 151||Calculus I (GT-MA1)||4||View|
|MATH 200||Discrete Mathematics||3||View|
|MATH 251||Calculus II||4||View|
|MATH 314||Applied Probability||3||View|
|PHYS 200||General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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- Declared a major in the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering partnership programs
- Have a 3.5 GPA or higher
- Are eligible for Math 151 – Calculus 1 (via placement tests, credit transfer or a Math ACT/SAT score of 27/630)
To maintain their scholarship award, students must remain:
- In the partnership program
- Eligible for transfer to CU Boulder by earning a B average or better in transfer coursework
This is a two-year, full-tuition Western scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded is based on fund availability.
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 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.
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 freshman 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 here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
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.
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
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.
Where collaboration meets education.
A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.
- Advising Night: Once a semester, the Academic Resource Center arranges a meeting between students and their Rady School Academic Advisor to plan classes for next semester and navigate the CU Boulder transfer process as a group.
- Annual CU Boulder STEM Career & Internship Fair: Students can connect with recruiters to learn about internships and job opportunities in the fields of computer science, robotics, math, statistics, technology and engineering. This is also an opportunity for Gunnison-based students to network with CU Boulder students, faculty and alumni.
- Peer Support and Community Exploration: All Rady School Computer Science freshmen are required to take HWTR 100: Let’s Get Physical (Computing) their first semester. This first-year seminar introduces students to the vibrant Gunnison Valley as a headwaters region, provides skills for success and connects students to resources in the campus community.
- Residence Hall Community-Building: Most Rady School students live in Ute Hall during their first year at Western, allowing them to strengthen bonds with fellow students outside of class. Ute Hall houses designated study spaces and a computer lab for students. Staff hosts educational and community-building initiatives throughout the academic year.
- Study Group: The “Nerd Corner” is located in Leslie J. Savage Library. Students can dive deeper into STEM-related coursework in an informal, collaborative environment.
The need for Computer Scientists is staggering. Last year, there were 10 times more computing jobs than graduates in the field—some 540,000 open computing jobs.