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Computer Science – Bachelor of Science (BS)

You can get a computer science degree almost anywhere. So why not learn to sling code in the west? Where you can take classes on the frontiers of technology, and where you can get your hands on super computers and virtual reality systems and learn from faculty conducting ground-breaking research?

What is Computer Science?

Computer science takes you behind the screens into the languages, ideas and processes that are driving cars, robots, websites, digital crime prevention, shopping, medical research, indeed, almost anything you can name.

Through the study of computational theory and applied computer programming, you will develop the skills to solve endless problems. From making websites faster, cooler and more responsive to developing software for medical researchers or ranchers, you will have the chance to not only improve people’s work lives but also to contribute to life-changing innovations (hello, robotic cowboys).

Start writing software to solve real-world problems in class and keep building your development toolkit through internships and research. Then pick up the torch of progress and venture onwards.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Concentrations:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Big Data

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

Department of Computer Science

 

HackerRank has named the state of Wyoming second in the country for coder quality

Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

As a computer science major at UW, you will develop outstanding problem-solving skills as you ride herd on programming challenges, large and small, in your classes, in competition and in professional settings.

The UW computer science department has developed strengths in cutting-edge areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, cyber security, formal methods and computational complexity, so you will graduate with the latest and greatest skills to take with you into this creative, constantly changing field.

Scholarships. The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers 300-plus merit scholarships a year.

Personal attention. The computer science department boasts a 20:1 faculty-student ratio and 87 percent of classes are taught by faculty not graduate students.

Experiential learning. As a UW computer science major you will have the chance to conduct research, attend conferences such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and compete at events like the Department of Energy’s CyberForce competition.

Accredited. UW’s computer science program is accredited by ABET, an organization that validates engineering, technology and applied science programs worldwide for their quality.

Student organizations. As a UW computer science student, you can get involved on campus while also learning more about the vast opportunities available in technology by joining organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery, Robotics Club, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Tau Beta Pi and the Society of Women Engineers.  

Internships. UW computer science students have interned at companies such as Trihydro Corporation, Manufacturing-Works, AristaTek, EchoStar Corporation, LGS Innovations and others. The computer science program also has an Industrial Affiliates Program to connect organizations and businesses to UW students for internships and jobs.

Housing. UW has designated three floors (with computer labs) for engineering students only, so you can live and study with other computer science majors.

 Facilities. As a UW computing student, you will have access to the Advanced Research Campus Computer Facility, the Mt. Moran Super Computer, the Big Horn Storage facility, the Shell 3D Visualization Center, the Cybersecurity Education and Research Center, Unix and MS Windows workstations as well as industry-leading software.

What Can You Do With a Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in computer science from UW makes it possible for you to enter the creative and highly compensated world of software development, whether you’re launching your own high-tech start up or pursuing a dream gig in sports, agriculture, energy production, telecommunications and more—because the world needs more coders.

University of Wyoming computer science graduates enjoy a 90 to 95 percent job placement/graduate school attendance rate within six months of graduating.

Computer Science Careers

Computer science majors UW Department of Computer Science alumni have titles such as:

  • Technology Lead
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Operations Team Lead
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • System Administrator
  • Director of Client Solutions
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Web Developer

Here are some companies where University of Wyoming computer science graduates are making contributions:

  • Amazon
  • Lockheed Martin
  • American Express
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • DHI Group
  • FirstBank
  • Charter Communications
  • MediaWorks
  • Major League Baseball
  • Cachematrix
  • Dish Network
  • Travelport
  • BeefChain
  • Exadel
  • Express Scripts

UW computer science graduates also go on to pursue advanced degrees at places such at Stanford, The John Hopkins University, University of Texas at Austin, MIT, the University of Wyoming and others.

Amazing Stories from Computer Science Majors

Cody Fagley, a UW alumnus from Basin, Wyoming, has founded a cybersecurity company with the potential to upend computing conventions like operating systems and random-access memory. He credits a UW professor, who sent him to a conference that sparked the idea, as critical to the launch of his start-up.

“I want to thank UW for providing programs like the Wyoming Technology Business Center the Small Business Development Center Network—all of them. For us, it’s life changing.”

– Cody Fagley, B.S. ’17, serves as the managing director of Codeus Tech LLC, which is being incubated in UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center.

 

Examples of Computer Science Degree Program Courses

These are a few courses you might take as a UW computer science student:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Modern Robots and Softbots
  • Mobile Application Programming

View the full Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program curriculum.

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