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Computer Science becomes a department at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater July 1, 2014

The Computer Science major at UW-Whitewater complements a robust technological presence on campus, which includes programs in Information Technology and Media Arts & Game Development.

The major is geared toward students who want to pursue careers in software engineering, commercial software production, systems programming, Web development, and network, database, or computer design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, half of the 10 fastest-growing careers for college graduates are computer science-related.

The Computer Science Department offers a liberal arts major, leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in computer science from the College of Letters and Sciences.

The computer science general emphasis major consists of 8 core courses plus 4 specialization courses (2 courses from each of 2 specialization areas). Both BA and BS degree choices provide students with a strong background for advanced study at the graduate level. Starting in Spring 2015, a computer science comprehensive emphasis major will be added. This major will require the completion of 16 core courses plus four specialization courses, a capstone and additional science requirements. Sample 4-year plans are posted in the Student Resources section.

In addition, the department offers several minors/emphases for students who would like a stronger background in computer science to complement their chosen major.

Congratulations to our 2014 Graduates!

Computer Science (3rd Graduating Class) Michael Depies, Joseph Gleeson, Daniel Lehr, Craig Nelson, Benjamin Pelc, and Joshua Porter.

Management Computer Systems (L&S College) Samuel Knobloch, Anthony LaBuda, Daniel Maley, Nicholas R. Miller, Justin Sdano, Evan Sutherland, and Samuel Vamos.

Preston Brink, an MCS (BBA) Major who served as President of The Student Organization for Web Design (SOWD).

2014 Scholarship Winners

Caroll & Kay Flanagan Scholarship
Kyle Amundson
Adikaramge “Hans” Perera

William Beck Scholarship
Joshua Day

Williams Johnston Scholarship
Mitchell Elmer


Alex Hall Headshot for web

Congrats to Alex Hall!

Alex (Frederick Alexander Hall II) graduated from our program in Fall 2013.

He applied to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science. He received offers including full tuition and an annual stipend from several universities. He chose to attend University of California-Berkeley.

While a Computer Science major at UW-Whitewater, Alex participated in several undergraduate research projects including an interactive degree planner with Drs. Athula Gunawardena, Sobitha Samaranayake and Cheng Thao and an NSF supported computer vision related project, conducted by Dr. Lopa Mukherjee.



Congratulations to Emily Paulson. Her undergraduate research poster (Advisor Hien Nguyen) was chosen Best Poster at Undergraduate Research Day, March 19, 2014. Upon graduation in May, Emily has chosen to attend graduate school at Marquette. Other finalists from the Computer Science Program included Sajid Jaber and Shawn Reichard for their oral presentations.


Summer Research Camp

Congratulations to the seven high school students who completed our Summer Research Camp and thank you to our Undergraduate Research Assistants Tyler and Hans for acting as mentors along with our faculty advisors.


022814Mischka_Coakley_Thao (640x425) Congratulations to Stephen Coakley, Jacob Mischka and their faculty mentor, Cheng Thao. Their research paper has been accepted for the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering in Colorado, September 14-16, 2014.

McGraw 122 Grand Opening

MG 122 Grand Opening 1 A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to dedicate McGraw 122 for use as a student research lab and presentation room. Funding for computers, upgraded technology and presentation equipment was provided through the Strategic Initiatives Grant and the College of Letters and Sciences.

Successful Event

050714LangsjoenThank you to all who participated in the Quantum Computing Presentation, Alumni Panel "The Road to Graduate School" and presentation of certificates to CS and MCS Spring 2014 graduates. The event was a great success. Thank you Dr. Luke Langsjoen for traveling from UW-Madison to present your research to us.