Explore the computer science degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Earn your bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Do you have a passion for solving puzzles? Computer science may be the perfect degree for you. You will get the opportunity to learn programming languages, problem-solving skills, and participate in real-life, high-impact opportunities that go beyond the classroom such as paid internships and student-faculty research. 

The computer science degree program at UW-Eau Claire has a 100% job and internship placement rate. Our smaller class sizes, transformative curriculum, and student-focused faculty will prepare you for a successful career in the computer science industry. 

Hannah Borreson is finding success and opportunities as a computer science major.

Blugold overcomes obstacles to find her place in the computer science world

At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to create an inclusive community that empowers students to do their best. Hannah Borreson, a computer science major, is a perfect example of that. Borreson has overcome many obstacles and is pushing boundaries in the computer science world. For example, she was diagnosed with epilepsy while in high school, leaving her unsure if college was even an option. “Just having the physical ability to come to class and participate brings me immense joy,” Borreson says.

Her biggest challenge, however, has been being a female pursuing a degree in a male-dominated field, Borreson says. As an accomplished Blugold, Borreson already is pushing back against those stereotypes, showing other women that they are wanted and needed in computer science. “We need to diversify our field to solve more current and upcoming problems.”

At UW-Eau Claire, we encourage students to pursue impactful opportunities that change lives and shape the world for the better. Borreson says, “As someone who is a medical and a gender minority in computer science, I can say that even if people do come across barriers, they should see them as opportunities that can make themselves into even better programmers.” 

Computer science major scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently over thousands of dollars available to students pursuing computer science degrees at UW-Eau Claire

Computer science scholarships

UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. A $5 million gift was given to the computer science department by David and Marilyn Karlgaard to continually support financial incentives for outstanding faculty, scholarships for students and technology updates. The Karlgaard scholarship is a $20,000 award for computer science, software engineering, or computer engineering majors. The scholarship is awarded over four years, and recipients must maintain a 3.3 GPA or higher and be involved in research their junior and senior years of college. The Computer Science department is one of the few academic departments that awards scholarships to incoming freshmen. It is our goal to help students feel empowered with the right tools they need to reach their full potential.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your computer science degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick Facts

Computer science program details
  • Program length: Four years
  • Availability: Campus
Minor
  • Computer Science
Student organizations
  • Student Association for Computing Machinery (SACM)
  • Women in Information Technology Systems (WITS)

Computer science program highlights

Leading-edge curriculum and innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire's computer science department will empower you with the tools and resources you need to thrive in your educational journey. We maintain four state-of-the-art computer labs with equipment updated every two years to ensure students work with the most recent technology. Our computer science faculty design coursework and assignments that will challenge and engage you. Our student-focused faculty also have expertise in databases, operating systems, software engineering, and web development.

Exploratory learning and research opportunities. UW-Eau Claire's computer science faculty are devoted and eager to collaborate with students on different projects. You will have the opportunity to conduct research and present your work at conferences nationally and regionally like the annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) on campus. Here are a few topics of ongoing research: Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Computer Security, and Data Query Analyzer (DBQA). At UW-Eau Claire, it is one of our top priorities to provide you with transformative learning opportunities so you can reach your full potential.

100%

internship and job placement rate

3

job offers prior to graduation

$60K

fulltime beginning salary

What jobs can you get with a computer science degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's computer science degree program will prepare you for a successful career. Computer science majors have a high placement rate of near 100% for jobs and internships and seniors get an average of 3 job offers 6 months before graduation!

Computer science careers

What I liked best about the computer science program was how it wasn't focused just on technology itself, but concepts and thinking. It gave me a broader perspective on how things can be solved generally.

Sawyer Butterfield | comprehensive computer science major alum

Computer science degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's computer science degree program will provide you with a transformative learning experience. We are always evaluating and updating the curriculum and equipment so you will feel prepared to enter the workforce. Our program has also received two grants from the National Science Foundation in the last six years in recognition of its innovative curriculum and has been nominated three times for the UW System Outstanding Teaching Department.

Graduation requirements for a computer science bachelor's degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Computer Science Core Courses (39 credits)
Mathematics Core Courses (15 credits)
Computer Science Electives or Research (6 credits)

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Top classes for computer science degree majors

Software engineering
Cyber Security
Mobile Software Development
Web Design and Development

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