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    Western Washington University
  Jan 18, 2018
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS

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Department of Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering

94 credits from computer science and mathematics


The proliferation of desktop computers, laptop computers, mobile devices and networks is transforming the world rapidly and irreversibly. Search engines and social networking sites have provided information to and forged connections between people worldwide. Advances in areas such as the World Wide Web, robotics, video games, multicore computing, artificial intelligence and cyber security are obviously central to the discipline of computer science. However, other fields such as genetics, atomic physics, renewable energy, and health care depend upon computers for advancement as well. The increasing use of and reliance on computers in our modern technological society makes the study of computer science an exciting and challenging one.

Computer Science at Western is composed of core classes organized around the study of design and analysis techniques used to write software in various application domains along with details about the internal workings of computers and networks. Elective classes in areas such as artificial intelligence, mobile device programming, robotics, graphics, web programming, bioinformatics, computer security, and video game programming allow students to explore areas of individual interest.

Why Consider a Computer Science Major?

Computer science is an exciting, growing, challenging field that is critical to many aspects of everyday life. As a computer scientist you can make an impact on the advancement of medicine, clean energy, entertainment, communication for the disabled, climate research, and automotive technologies to name a few. For some, the most motivational aspect of being a computer scientist is being involved in creating the next great technology that will help people the world over.

Apart from the compelling work you can do is the fact that computer scientists are highly sought after and can attain lucrative jobs directly out of college.

Anyone who enjoys abstract thinking and problem solving would most certainly appreciate computer science because the discipline is not just about programming. It is about the ways we organize data, solve problems, discover applications, and build devices and associated software that are effective and easy to use.

 Contact Information

Department Information
Communications Facility 495

CS Undergraduate Advisor
Mary Hall
Communications Facility

Transfer Advisor
James Johnson
Communications Facility 467

 Sample Careers

Computational Scientist | Computer Engineer | Data Scientist | Database Administrator | Educator | Game Programmer | IT Consultant | Network Engineer | Project Manager | Research Analyst | Robotics Programmer | Software Engineer | Systems Administrator | Systems Analyst | Systems Engineer | Technical Writer | User Experience Designer | Web Developer

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students interested in majoring in computer science are advised to declare a pre-major as soon as possible, ideally during the first year or immediately upon transfer to Western. Once students complete both CSCI 241 and CSCI 247 they can declare their major to be computer science. Students interested in computer science who have not yet declared as pre-majors or majors should seek the advice of the undergraduate advisor in Communications Facility 459. To graduate, a student must satisfy the requirements as stated in the catalog in effect at the time of declaration.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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