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Computer Science Major

What new, life-changing technology will you be a part of? As a computer science major at WLC, the possibilities are nearly endless. You’ll get hands-on experience in several programming languages while you explore software engineering, robotics, and gaming. You’ll graduate ready to work or continue your graduate education in this rapidly developing field.

As you gain a strong theoretical background, you’ll learn how to apply theory to practice through work that requires testing, retesting, and iterating towards a solution. You’ll also learn problem-solving skills, and ways of thinking that will serve you well in your career in computer science.

Develop broad knowledge in many facets of computer science

Our computer science majors develop critical-thinking skills, as well as broad knowledge in these multidisciplinary facets of computer science. You’ll be proficient in a wide range of languages, including C++, C#, Python, JavaScript, SQL, and other languages as appropriate.

You will have 24/7 access to a Makerspace and a networked computer lab with Windows and Linux operating systems. In Windows, you’ll use the professional version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio. In Linux, you’ll work in the GNU environment.

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career

Our computer science program provides a thorough, practical, and theoretical knowledge of core curriculum, giving you a strong foundation for advanced graduate school study in any of the specialization areas within computer science — or to immediately enter a rewarding and meaningful career after graduation.

The career pathways and specializations that will open to you include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Computer design and engineering
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer-human interaction
  • Computer languages
  • Data mining
  • Database systems
  • Gaming
  • Mobile devices
  • Networking and the internet
  • Operating systems
  • Robotics
  • Software engineering
  • Speech synthesis
  • Web page design
Benefit from small class sizes and immersive experiences

You’ll be set up to succeed. Class sizes are small, TAs are non-existent, and you won't find sprawling lecture halls here. WLC is a place where you develop personal relationships with not only your classmates but also your professors. They want you to succeed academically as well as grow spiritually in a safe, nurturing environment. 

You’ll graduate from our computer science major with knowledge that extends far beyond textbooks, developing the skillsets most desired in today’s job market.

The Makerspace, added to Generac Hall in 2022, is a collaboration lab designed to encourage group projects across multiple STEM disciplines. The Makerspace includes 3D printers, a laser cutter, and a variety of other tools and supplies for students to use in their pursuit of an innovative, hands-on maker experience.

As a computer science student, you'll have 24/7 access to the Makerspace and attend your robotics course within this lab.

Male and female student in Makerspace for robotics course
Land a valuable internship

We encourage students to consider experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom. The Greater Milwaukee area provides students with numerous internship opportunities at small businesses or large corporations, giving students the insight and skills necessary for the real-world application of computer science principles. Recent internship locations include Metavante, Milliman, Thrivent, Kohl’s, NML, Generac, Johnson Controls, and Acuity.

Life after WLC

Our computer science program properly prepares students for success in graduate school, so much so that one recent graduate received a full-ride scholarship to complete graduate studies at UW-Madison. Another has recently earned a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University.

The current job market is very strong for computer science majors, with higher than average starting salaries and the opportunity to rapidly increase earning potential.

Graduates of our program are finding success in the workplace, in areas such as database work; designing micro controllers for snowplows; designing and writing software for storing, retrieving, and displaying medical images; system testing for a major healthcare software provider; building mobile apps for a grocery chain; designing business intelligence rules for the healthcare industry; information technology support for a major insurance company; and web development. Employers include Abbott Labs, Centare Group, Digital Measures, Distance Software, Epic, Johnson Controls, Symantec, TeraMedica Healthcare Technology, and IBM.

Computer Science Advising Resources

Connect with Computer Science Faculty

Jess Brewster
Jess Brewster Computer Science Assistant Professor 414.443.8545
Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown Computer Science Assistant Professor 414.443.8940