Web Design & Development - Computer Science

  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor


    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    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 western.edu/mars.

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    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 western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff


    Daniel L. Schuster, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.2999
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 214
  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor


    Functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand. Through a unique collaboration between the Art and Computer Science programs, the Web Design & Development minor equips students with design versatility and artistry along with the computer science and coding skills needed to create functional and creative websites at the professional level. Enter the competitive marketplace with the ability to do serious work in the artistic playground that the web has ultimately become.

    The Program

    The Web Design & Development minor is a 24-credit program, though Computer Science and Graphic Design majors can complete it in 15 credits above their majors.

    Computer Science students expand their abilities through courses in two-dimensional design, graphic design, illustration, typography and interactive design on top of their Computer Science courses, whereas Art students learn basic programming languages, web design and web app development. For students majoring in other disciplines, the Web Design & Development minor is an opportunity to learn a skill set that’s sought after in whatever field they wish to pursue.


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, web development careers will grow 15% by 2026 with a median pay of $70,000. While coding and graphic design prowess are fundamental components of the field, the pace at which the web evolves makes predicting the exact toolkit needed to succeed extremely difficult. That’s where the power of Western’s liberal arts education comes in: you’ll have the versatility and leadership skills needed to shape and adapt to the field as it matures.

    Learn More

    Reach out to Mayela Cardenas (Art) or Daniel L. Schuster, Ph.D. (Computer Science) for more information.