- Independent Projects: Students have worked on projects such as facial recognition software, a gesture-controlled quadcopter, machine learning, Android apps, an online guided tour, commercial websites and self-guiding vehicles.
- Information Technology Services: Many Computer Science students work for the Western IT Department, keeping student and university computers and networks running smoothly.
- Internships: Students have gotten internships with Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Raytheon, Dell, Northrop Grumman and other companies large and small. Computer Science internships pay well and very often lead directly to a permanent job.
John Peterson Memorial Scholarship In Computer Science
- Students majoring in Computer Information Science
- Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
- Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
- Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits
This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.
Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.
970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128
Faculty & Staff
Data science is a rapidly-growing field that provides new ways of understanding anything that can be captured in digital form. Data scientists use computer science, statistics, mathematics and creative design to analyze data sets in search of avenues that can lead to solutions for complex problems. Contrasting with data analytics, data science is a broader field that focuses on asking questions, writing algorithms and building statistical models.
Students can take Data Science as an emphasis or a minor.
The Data Science emphasis is built on a Computer Science foundation of programming, database management, web development and software engineering. Students supplement their core courses with advanced computer science and math courses in data analytics, machine learning, distributed computing, calculus and statistics.
The Data Science minor begins with core Computer Science I and II courses then opens up to a selection of upper-division Computer Science electives. Students must take 12 elective credits but may customize their selection depending on what their specific interests are. This track has a lower math requirement and is ideal for students who wish to add technical data science skills to a major in another discipline.
Careers & Opportunities
Students will have a wealth of opportunities to pursue research projects that will prepare them for professional work right after graduation. Entry-level data scientists earn around $100,000 per year and work in areas as diverse as text analysis, signal analysis and genome analysis.
Past student projects are as diverse as the field itself. Research topics have included developing gene predictors for genome analysis, Twitter-feed analysis for public opinion surveying, signal analysis for nanopore detectors, text analysis such as for polysemy detection in the writings of Machiavelli and analysis of iambic pentameter in works of Shakespeare and others.
Reach out to Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. for more information.