Computer Science Pathways

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Wish the character movement in your favorite RPG was more realistic? Think Alexa could do a better job understanding you when you request your favorite song? Want to make MRI technology more mobile to allow greater access? Interested in how virtual reality helps explore space, the ocean or bring the past to life? You can do all of this and more. How, you ask? Earn a degree in Computer Science.

Choose Between Two Bachelor of Science Degrees

We have two great pathways to earn a degree in Computer Science. Both provide outstanding preparation for high-paying, high-demand jobs in one of the world’s fastest-growing professions. Both lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, and best of all, you’ll take all of the courses on Western’s stunning campus in Gunnison.

Western-CU Partnership Program

In this ground-breaking new program, you'll have the opportunity to earn your Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder's College of Engineering & Applied Science, the highest ranked public school in Colorado and 16th among public engineering programs in the nation. On this pathway, you're admitted as a Western student, and after your second year, you transfer to University of Colorado Boulder to complete your degree—all while still attending classes in Gunnison. 



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On this pathway, you’ll complete your degree as a Western student and can choose your specialized program emphasis in Software Engineering, Information Security or Data Science. You’ll have the opportunity to take on difficult projects in software development and learn state-of-the-art cyber security and data science through modern coursework. Students graduate ready to make positive contributions to the world through in-demand, exciting and rewarding careers.     




Why Study Computer Science?

Computer Science plays an increasingly critical role as technology becomes integral to everyone and everything. As a Computer Scientist, you can be an architect of the foundation upon which we build our future.

The need for Computer Scientists is staggering. Last year, there were 10 times more computing jobs than graduates in the field—some 540,000 open computing jobs. In 2016, the Obama administration projected this number would nearly triple by 2020 to some 1.4 million openings.   

The growing demand for high-tech professionals is driven by a broad and expanding need for computer specializations in software engineering, artificial intelligence, big data applications and the Internet of Things.