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Computer Science

Computer Science Major

The computer science major at UW-Parkside is designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a variety of careers related to information technology. Whether you're a novice or programming enthusiast, you'll be taught directly from instructors who are professionals, scholars, and real people.

Computer science majors are sought after by regional, national and international employers. Our faculty place emphasis on building skills future employers expect, such as teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about the Computer Science Department at Parkside.


Courses in the Computer Science program provide a background in software, hardware, and mathematical foundations. You will discover relevant computer science theory and will be able to apply it to real-world situations.

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Beyond the Classroom


Students from Parkside attend and compete in programming and robotics competitions.


Parkside's unique location within the Chicago/Milwaukee corridor provides you with ample internship opportunities with major employers and small businesses in the region.

Student Clubs/Groups

The Computer Science Club is an organization focuses on the use, study, and application of computers and technology. This club provides a service to Parkside students and staff including:

  • Spyware/Virus removal
  • Computer diagnostics
  • Computer consultation

The App Factory is an interdisciplinary group at of undergraduate and graduate Parkside students that develops mobile apps for clients in the local communities.

Study Abroad

Parkside Computer Science students have the opportunity to study at our sister institutions in Germany, Mexico, and India.

Careers after Parkside

Average Starting Salary: $61,321*

How much could I earn with my computer science degree?

Career Possibilities

  • Business analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Information systems auditor
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Programmer
  • Project manager
  • Security analyst
  • Software engineer
  • System or network administrator
Learn more about these career opportunities

Computer Science Alumni

Many graduates are employed by major regional and national companies, including:

  • SC Johnson
  • Jockey
  • Snap-on
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Cardinal Health
  • Briggs and Stratton
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Microsoft

Todd Wierzchowski ('12) was the first in his family to attend a university. He majored in computer science, with a minor in web design. He also took advantage of a new mobile app class. His specialty is databases, but through the course work he was exposed to HTML, Java Script, Java and C. "I've had my head in the computer since I was six," he said. "I've taken to it very naturally." As part of his software engineering class, Todd worked on a project for Kenosha Community Media (public access for TV and radio). He helped design a web-based interface for their database and restructured three databases into one. The result: Better usage for end user, volunteers, employees and the public.

*National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

  • In the past three years, 99% of computer science graduates from Parkside have found employment in their field or have gone on to graduate school.
  • Parkside instructs students using leading edge curriculum that follows internationally recognized ACM/IEEE (Association for Computing Machinery) guidelines.

More than $200,000 in UW-Parkside Foundation Scholarships are awarded yearly.

  • Your application for admission acts as your initial application for Parkside scholarships and grants.
  • Indicate your intended major on your application. 
  • Once admitted, we may request additional information via email. 
  • To be eligible, you must be admitted by February 1.

Learn more about UW-Parkside scholarship opportunities

Contact Information
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Tara Schmidt
Phone: (262) 595-2280

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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