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Undergraduate Overview


The Computer Science Department seeks to educate graduates that will be both productive and creative in modern business and industry environments. Studies range from theory through experimental techniques to engineering methodology. This program exposes students to aspects of each of these disciplines and fosters an appreciation and understanding of each. Research, laboratory, and on-the-job experiences complement student classroom studies.

The field of computer science can trace its foundation to both mathematics and engineering methodology with the emphasis on practical experience. Using this philosophy, the Computer Science Department has designed a unique curricular model that seeks to provide an increased relevance to the real world. The Senior Project - capstone course - expands upon the experimental and design approach by introducing student to the creativity and productivity concerns required for business and industrial development.

The Department of Computer Science offers a degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Data Science BS, Computational Data Science Specialization. The Department also offers a Computer Science Minor and an Applied Minor which offers prescribed electives for students interested in a Teaching Endorsement.

  • For a complete list of courses with descriptions, click here.
  • To view the tentative 2022-2023 course offerings, click here.
  • For the most current information about all computer science majors and minors, please go to the CWU online catalog, found here, and navigate to the appropriate program.
  • For information about previous computer science majors and minors, go to the online Archived Catalog, found here, and navigate to the appropriate academic year.

The Department is located in Samuelson Hall, which houses its state-of-the-art computing facilities. The Computer Science faculty have compiled an outstanding record as scholars and instructors. Students should note that the faculty teach all courses. Students are offered wide access to computer science programs and courses. A specific focus may be developed in many areas of computer science; examples include: software engineering, intelligent systems, computational science, graphics, visualization and computer vision, human-computer interaction, big data analytics, and cybersecurity.

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