Computer Scientists work under many job titles including software engineers, software developers, programmers, database administrators, systems analysts and network engineers but behind all of these names you find software and the intercommunicating systems it creates. The software these professionals create has become an integral part of our society and enables the technology we use everyday.
What is Computer Science?
It is the science that deals with the theory and methods of processing information, design of computer hardware and software, and the applications of computers. Creating software is the heart of computer science but hardware and theory are the other sides of the triangle. Beyond these three areas the field can be broken down into many specific areas such as image processing, operating systems, networking, software engineering, robotics and scientific visualization, just to name a few. If you are a creative analytical thinker who likes to solve problems, We are confident that you will find the study of Computer Science to be both challenging and rewarding.
Why you should consider Computer Science as a major...
- 99-100% placement upon graduation
- Travel opportunities
- Working or collaborating as part of a team (Some people have the false impression that you sit by yourself at a computer all day!)
- A variety of career possibilities in a very diverse set of industries (financial, medical, national security, aerospace, and many more….)
- Casual attire in many work environments
- Flexible hours and telecommuting are already the norms
- Be part of a cutting edge technology field that is changing every day
- Good pay - typical starting salaries for UWL graduates range $45,000 - $50,000
- Computer Science jobs still rank among the fastest growing professions with some of the highest wages according to the U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Why C-S at UW-La Crosse?
- Small class sizes within the major
- Opportunities for paid internships while you are still in college (One of the most active Internship Programs in Wisconsin)
- Outstanding faculty with a wide variety of specialties (many have also authored textbooks)
- Great facilities housed in the recently renovated Wing Technology Center
- Plenty of opportunities for specialized individual projects
- Long history of talented students
- Fine reputation within the computing industry over the last 30 years
- Second oldest computer science major in the State of Wisconsin; second only to UW-Madison
- Computer science is arguably the most dynamic and exciting of all academic pursuits, and there is no better place to study this challenging and rewarding subject than UW-L.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports in its Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Edition, which covers the 2006-2016 decade, that Computer Software Engineers will remain in high demand. The most recent report says
"Job prospects should be excellent, as computer software engineers are expected to be among the fastest-growing occupations through the year 2016."
"Employment of computer software engineers is projected to increase by 38 percent over the 2006-2016 period, which is much faster than the averagefor all occupations."
Past UW-L CS graduates play significant roles in software development, working for companies that range from the aerospace industry to private computer consulting, from banking software to the medical/health field and graphical information systems. The department has many graduates that work for the large computer vendors including almost every company whose name you see (and many you don't see) in your nearest computer retailer.
This Computer Science Department is always eager to have good students. We think that there is no place better grow as a software developer than here. You've taken the first step by visiting our website. However, if you really expect to get to know the place, please arrange for a campus visit and include time for a face-to-face conversation with one of the CS faculty. You'll learn much more with such a visit than can ever be accomplished on the web. If you are already on campus, the UW-L Career Services Office and Academic Advising Center, both in Centennial Hall, would also be happy to help you find out more about our program. For arrangements contact the UW-L Admissions Office or the Computer Science Department at (608)785-6805.
“The reason I stayed in the Computer Science department was the faculty. They really convinced me that I was capable of succeeding in the program. I felt the small classes meant more interaction with the instructors. I was very happy with the availability of professors, and the help they provided when I had questions. I think that the exposure I had to some of the faculty’s research showed me the diversity within the field. I also thought the electives that were offered were a great way to get a taste of that diversity.”
Jaclyn Powell 05’
Computer Science Major