Modern society depends on software engineers to create and maintain the digital systems we rely on for work and pleasure. As one of the most in-demand occupations, software engineers can work anywhere in the world for innovative companies like Google, Facebook, HP and Apple.

Program Overview

Learn how to create everything–from gaming software–to mobile apps.

The Software Engineering emphasis is built on a computer science foundation of programming, database management, web development and software engineering. In the program, you’ll work with languages including Python, C, C++ and Java throughout your foundation courses. As you enter the Software Engineering core, you’ll narrow your focus in courses like Machine Learning, The “Internet of Things” and advanced Software Engineering.

You’ll also have the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through paid internships with companies like Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Northrop Grumman. Through a blend of intensive coursework and hands-on experience, you’ll gain skills in collaboration, communication and leadership that will prepare you to play a major role in developing the essential technology that modern society depends on.

A strong foundation

The Software Engineering program is built on a Computer Science foundation of programming, database management, web development and software engineering.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CS 220 Data Analytics 3 View
CS 303 Machine Learning 3 View
CS 350 Web Applications Development II 3 View
CS 380 The Internet of Things 3 View
CS 415 Software Engineering II 3 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 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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Get Involved

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.

Teaching tomorrow’s creators

As students enter the Software Engineering core, they tighten their focus on machine learning, the “internet of things” and advanced software engineering courses.

Department Chair

Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D.

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

Director, Partnership Program

Tim Brower, Ph.D.

Director, Partnership Program

Contact Information

970.943.2119

admissions@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230