Computer Science - University of Colorado Partnership

  • Bachelor of Science from University of Colorado Boulder
    • Major


    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit

    Faculty & Staff


    Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
    Phone: 970.943.2111
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 210
    Kim Fix, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.3234
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 216
    Doug MacGregor, Ph.D. headshot
    Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
    Phone: 970.943.2069
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 105
    Marc Rubin, Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    Phone: 970.943.2802
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 212
    Stephen Winters-Hilt, Ph.D., Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    Phone: 970.943.7006
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 220
  • Bachelor of Science from University of Colorado Boulder
    • Major


    Computer science is concerned with how computers are constructed, how they store and process data, how they are used in problem solving and how the quality of those solutions are assessed. It is about the science of creating software for a variety of users and understanding how that software interacts with the hardware on which it is run. Computer scientists work most often on the hardware and software aspects of system design. They develop new theories of computation and algorithms, design new hardware and sensors, develop large software systems, evaluate the utility and usability of software systems and study the impacts of computing technology on society. (Courtesy of University of Colorado Boulder)

    The Program

    In this program you have an unparalleled opportunity through Western’s unique partnership program. You complete your initial two years as a Western student, then transfer to University of Colorado Boulder to finish the program—all while attending classes at Western's campus in Gunnison. In this program, you benefit from the experience of renown faculty with the latest knowledge in computing, earning a future-ready and prestigious degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. You’ll graduate with hot career prospects and more than prepared for what the career demands.


    • Computer hardware engineer
    • Computer systems analyst
    • Database administrator
    • Information systems manager
    • Multimedia artist and animator
    • Network and computer systems administrator
    • Software developer

    Learn More

    To learn more about the application process, please visit our application information page