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. 

Our faculty place emphasis on building skills future employers expect, such as teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills. And it works. Our computer science majors are sought after by regional, national, and international employers. In fact, 99% of our graduates find placement in the industry or grad school.

Courses in the Computer Science program provide you with 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. Parkside instructs students using leading edge curriculum that follows internationally recognized ACM/IEEE (Association for Computing Machinery) guidelines.

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Competitions

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

Internships

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.

Average Starting Salary: $61,321*

How much could I earn with my computer science degree?

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Computer Systems Analyst  |  system architects, study current processes and designs solutions 

Database administrator  |  Store, order and protect data

Software Developer  |  Manage creation of computer programs

Programmer  |  write code to generate programs

Systems Manager  |  Oversee and coordinate IT systems

Security Analyst  |  Protects networks from cyberattacks

Hardware  Engineer  |  implement and test physical computer components

System or Network Administrator  |  Maintain the daily operations of network system

Learn more about these career opportunities
 

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)
http://www.naceweb.org/s01272016/stem-grads-earn-highest-starting-salaries.aspx

More than $250,000 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

See what our students have to say.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Janet Mrazek | 262-595-2477 | mrazek@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

  • Susan Lincke
    Associate Professor of Computer Science

    Susan Lincke PhD CISA is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She is the author of Security Planning: An Applied Approach (Springer), and received an NSF grant CCLI Grant: ‘Information Security: Audit, Case Study, and Service Learning’ between 2009-2013. She developed the cyber-security certificate at University of Wisconsin-Parkside and co-developed its security lab. She has 17 years of software engineering and project management experience in telecommunications, including at Motorola, GE and MCI. She has 50 academic publications in information security and wireless modeling. 

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