- 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
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
Office Location: Hurst Hall 105
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Office Location: Hurst Hall 212
Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics
Office Location: Hurst Hall 214
Software engineering is a team sport. The profession is a joint effort that requires collaboration, communication and leadership skills to create functional design behind the programs people and organizations use, whether it be devices, machines or networks. Software engineers addresses what products need to do, how they function and how they’re secured.
The Software Engineering emphasis is built on a Computer Science foundation of programming, database management, web development and software engineering. Students will work with languages including Python, C, C++ and Java throughout their foundation courses. As students enter the Software Engineering core, they tighten their focus on machine learning, the “internet of things” and advanced software engineering courses.
In addition to developing coding skills, students work intensively in teams to develop the creative, collaborative and communication skills needed to advance their careers.
Careers & Opportunities
Demand for software engineers is soaring and spans numerous disciplines. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineering jobs are expected to grow by 24 percent by 2026, which is much faster than the national average. Graduates can find careers in a host of fields, including:
- Health care
Reach out to Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. for more information.