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Computer Science

The computer science program is demanding, but current and practical. It stresses quality over quantity by providing an aggressive and intensive program designed to produce a distinguished pool of high quality graduates.

The department offers students two distinct majors to choose from: computer science-comprehensive major and computer science-software engineering. Faculty members have expertise in databases, operating systems and software engineering, as well as computer graphics, vision, robotics, computer architecture, computer security, distributed systems, networking, theory of computation, artificial intelligence and computational science.


  • The computer science department has received two grants from the National Science Foundation in the last six years in recognition of its innovative curriculum.

  • Recent top graduates from UW-Eau Claire received signing bonuses of $3,000-$5,000 on top of a base salary in the range of $45,000-$55,000 and nearly a 100 percent job placement rate.

  • The department maintains four state-of-the-art computer labs uniquely designed and unlike any others in the region.

  • The Teaching Lab has 28 stations and laptop stations with equipment updated every two years to ensure students work with the most recent technology.

  • The Karlgaard Laptop Lab provides a quiet, comfortable study and work space reserved only for computer science students.

  • The Software Design Lab offers computing technologies for developing and implementing group software design projects.

  • The Cray Computer Engineering Lab contains the equipment used to investigate computer hardware issues and build systems integrating hardware and software.

Your Gift Supports

Support the general needs of the computer science department with a gift of any amount to the Computer Science Advancement Fund, which is used to meet the needs of the department that cannot be met by the state-assisted university operating budget. The fund enables the department to take advantage of opportunities to advance its cause.

The amount in parentheses indicates the annual amount required to meet current obligations:

  • Undergraduate scholarships targeted at underrepresented groups, including minorities and women ($500 annual $15,000 to endow).

  • Existing computer science scholarships (gifts of any amount).

  • Student travel to and participation in regional and national computer science conferences (gifts of any amount).

  • Equipment and supplies for senior capstone projects and faculty/student collaborative research projects (gifts of any amount).
  • Student stipends for faculty/student collaborative research projects ($500 to $1,500).

  • The Computer Science Faculty Excellence Fund, which rewards faculty for excellence in teaching, scholarship and community outreach ($5,000).

  • Modest financial stipends for outstanding senior, outstanding junior, outstanding sophomore and outstanding freshman awards within the computer science department ($1,000 per year).

Thank you for considering a gift to benefit the computer science department at UW-Eau Claire. For more information, contact the computer science administrator at or 715-836-2526.


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"Being a computer science major has created a lot of opportunities for me.
I look forward to seeing where it takes me."

- Jessica, computer science major