The computer science department at UW-L is the second oldest in the UW-System. The department's emphasis on teaching is evident in small class sizes and professors who give students personal attention. The department has an exciting and challenging curriculum in our undergraduate programs with a large selection of elective courses. The unique 5yr dual degree, BS in Computer Science/Master of Software Engineering (MSE), is for those students up to the challenge of getting both degrees in a shorter period of time. The MSE degree is unique within the UW-System. We hope this piques your interest to investigate our programs more closely. If you have any questions please contact us.


  • 10/10/18 - Fall Fair 10-3 Student Union
  • 10/26/18 - CS Major Field Test
  • 11/2/18 - CS Major Field Test

Our Department is Growing!

We are currently searching for two tenure track positions to increase the department faculty from 12 to 14 tenure track positions. Applicants from all fields of computer engineering and computer science will be considered. The department has recently expanded its coursework in embedded systems and computer engineering. The position is listed at HigherEdJobs and UW-La Crosse HR. The positions are open until filled with Nov 2, 2018 being the first review date.

Questions may be directed to the department chair Prof. Senger.

50th Anniversary

On Oct 5, 2018, the department celebrated its 50th anniversary with activities including an Employer and Alumni Meet & Greet, an Alumni Panel and a Dinner Program.

Embedded Systems Emphasis

The Computer Science Department recently received approval to offer an Embedded Systems Emphasis within the CS Major. The emphasis includes the three course sequence CS 272 (Digital Circuit Design for Microcontrollers I), CS 372 (Digital Circuit Design for Microcontrollers II) and CS 472 (Internet of Things). Compensating changes to the CS Major requirements keep total credits at 45, the same as the CS Major. Full details will appear in the online catalog this summer.

Distinguished Alumna

Shelmina Abji, UWL Computer Science graduate from 1985, will receive the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award on Sept 23rd at 9am in The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union. After graduation from UWL, Shelmina went to work for ETA Systems, a super-computer manufacturer, before moving to IBM and eventually becoming Vice President of the IBM Global Microsoft Alliance. The department is very proud to have Shelmina as one of our graduates.

Carl Wimberly Award

At the 52nd UWL International Banquet, Prof. Mao Zheng received the W. Carl Wimberly Founders Award for International Partnerships. Prof. Zheng joined the Computer Science Department in 2003 and has been very active in promoting international partnerships.

Recent Curricular Changes

IoT: The department is now offering a three course sequence in embedded devices and the Internet of Things (CS 272 - Microcontrollers I, CS 372 - Microcontrollers II & CS 472 - Internet of Things.

Graphics: The Computer Graphics course (CS 352) has now been split into CS 475 - Computer Graphics & Modeling and CS 476 - Data Visualization.

Web Dev: CS 202 - Introduction to Web Design is now a prerequisite for CS 402 - Web Application Development.

Major Field Exam: The Major Field Exam, which the department uses for program assessment, is now tracked as a "milestone" requirement for the major and to be satisfied in the senior year.