Computer scientists are in high demand in mobile, big data, electronics, automotive and digital companies worldwide. In fact, most modern companies depend on computer scientists to keep their companies safe from cybercrime and to solve database infrastructure issues.

Program Overview

Become a leader in digital discovery and analysis.

At Western Colorado University, the Computer Science program focuses on software development, information security and data science. You’ll have the opportunity to learn fundamental concepts, languages, tools and techniques in the new, state-of-the-art Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering at the heart of Western’s campus. This experience will prepare you with the skills and expertise you’ll need to thrive in a career in software development, systems engineering or information technology. Each track within the Computer Science program is built on a core of programming in current languages such as Python, C++ and Java, while focusing on skills such as database management, GUI design, web development and software engineering.

To put your knowledge to practice, you’ll execute difficult projects in software development, learn state-of-the-art security methods and become proficient with leading industry hardware and software systems. You can get hands-on experience in competitive internships with Fortune 500 companies and work on original research projects developing facial recognition software, machine learning and more.

An in-demand career path

The growing demand for high-tech professionals is driven by a broad and expanding need for computer specializations in software engineering, artificial intelligence, big data applications and the “internet of things.”

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CS 150 Computers in Society 3 View
CS 170 Information Security and Hacking 3 View
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 View
CS 191 Computer Science II 3 View
CS 195 Database Management Systems 3 View
CS 220 Data Analytics 3 View
CS 235 Computers Networks 3 View
CS 250 Web Applications Development I 3 View
CS 280 Data Structures 3 View
CS 303 Machine Learning 3 View
CS 310 Programming Projects with X 3 View
CS 317 Genome Analysis (with laboratory) 3 View
CS 320 Programming Languages 3 View
CS 330 Operating Systems and Architecture 3 View
CS 340 Computer Graphics 3 View
CS 350 Web Applications Development II 3 View
CS 360 System Security 3 View
CS 365 Big Data Analytics 3 View
CS 370 Systems Programming in C 3 View
CS 380 The Internet of Things 3 View
CS 390 Software Entrepreneurship 3 View
CS 410 Systems Analysis and Design 3 View
CS 412 Software Engineering 3 View
CS 415 Software Engineering II 3 View
CS 435 Mobile Development 3 View
CS 440 Distributed Computing for Machine Learning and Data Analysis 3 View
CS 450 Ethical Hacking and Malware 3 View
CS 460 Network Security 3 View
CS 470 Algorithms 3 View
CS 480 Computer Science Application Project 3 View
CS 495 Senior Project 3 View
CS 499 Internship or Field Experience in Computer Science 1-12 View
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3 View
MATH 141 Precalculus (GT-MA1) 4 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 View
MATH 200 Discrete Mathematics 3 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
MATH 260 Applied Linear Algebra 3 View

Careers

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.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Students majoring in Computer Information Science
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits

Description

This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.

Amount: $500

Selected by: Math and Computer Science Scholarship Committee

Application:

Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

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.

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Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • 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.

Understanding the “internet of things”

Computer Science plays an increasingly critical role as technology becomes integral to everyone and everything. As a Computer Scientist, you can be an architect of the foundation upon which we build our future.

Department Chair

Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Contact Information

970.943.2119

admissions@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230