UW-Parkside's Computer Science major is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to develop successful careers in information technology. Our students learn to analyze, design and implement solutions to a wide array of computer related problems. As a Computer Science major, you will take courses which provide a background in the software, hardware and mathematical foundations necessary to understand and participate in advanced work. Practical experience and programming form a substantial portion of each course.
Students gain a broad problem-solving perspective which enables them to be competitive in the job market, or prepares them to pursue graduate work in computer science. In recent years, our graduates have found employment with major regional and national companies, including: SC Johnson, Jockey, Snap-On, Northwestern Mutual, Cardinal Health, Briggs and Stratton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft. Several of our graduates are pursuing Ph.D.s at major universities.
An in-depth knowledge of computers or programming is not necessary to start the major. Our curriculum teaches the fundamentals through direct involvement with each professor, relevant theory with practical application, and active engagement in the community.
Skills are taught directly from teachers who are professionals, scholars, and real people. We offer a smaller class in which the professor know both the subject matter and each student by name. This fosters a one-on-one relationship with each of the professors, who will guide you in course selections, career decisions, and personal goal-setting. As you earn your University of Wisconsin degree, you will be able to discover relevant Computer Science theory and to apply it to real world situations. You can acquire the teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills which employers expect and lead to lifetime success.
We also welcome students who have studied computing in high school or technical school and will work with them to find the most appropriate placement into our courses.
Our curriculum is based on international standards developed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). These standards are highly respected by both universities and employers. This means that when our students graduate with a CS major from UW-Parkside, their employers know that they have received a quality education.
Detailed course descriptions are available in the CS section of the UW-Parkside University catalog.
The CS Department is committed to offering its entire curriculum both during the day and the evening. All Computer Science core courses are offered in the evening at least every other year. Students may also review the following for the Computer Science major:
The schedule of courses for the current semester and approaching semesters is available from the Registrar's web site.