B.S. Computer Science

Are you interested in designing and writing computer programs?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) program provides you with the option to select a concentration that reflects your interests and career goals. The program provides you with strong analytical skills, technical abilities and hands-on experiences creating user-friendly, graphically based software for a variety of industries and applications.

Concentrations:

You'll obtain industry experience applying your computing skills through a co-op or internship during the summer prior to your junior or senior year. This is in addition to hands-on capstone courses in which you work in a team to design, implement, test and deliver a fully-functional software application to a client. 

And as part of your final project, you’ll work in a team to design, implement, test and deliver a software application to a real-world client. / UW-Stout

Modern games are among the most demanding of computer programming applications, requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics and physics which form the basis of the 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and game engines that make up the game programs.

Mobile device use is exploding. New data storage, processing and display technologies have allowed tablets and other portable devices to do nearly anything that had previously been done with larger personal computers. To be successful in either industry, you must be skilled in computer science and be able to work in teams.

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We are living in the 'Digital Age.' Computer programs continue to permeate every aspect of our lives. Every industry uses computers and requires professionals that have skills in computer science. Individuals depend on computing for everyday activities from social networking to entertainment.

The Computer Science program consists of a full computer science major and a mathematics minor, as well as a concentration area. Courses emphasis the need for user-friendly, graphically-based software. We have a 100 percent after graduation employment rate with an average $55,000 starting salary.

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Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

    • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
      and
    • minimum ACT composite score of 23 (or SAT equivalent)
      and
    • minimum ACT math score of 24 (or SAT equivalent)

    If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above, but you do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as an Undeclared student. You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters.

    Transfer Students

    Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

    • earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 or higher from the last institution attended
      and
    • earn a grade of "C" or higher for all math and computer science courses already taken
      and
    • complete the equivalent of UW-Stout's MATH 121 Intro to College Math II (trigonometry or pre-calculus) or a higher level math course with a grade of "C" or better.

    If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above, but you do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as an Undeclared student. You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters.

    Preparing for Your Computer Science Degree

    High school preparation should include four years of English as well as four years of mathematics. A physics course and as many computer science or other science classes as possible are recommended.

    During your first semesters at UW-Stout, you'll enroll in a combination of general education and major courses. General education courses, including English composition, speech, science and others, are required of all students at UW-Stout. Your schedule will include introductory major courses in computer science and mathematics. To discuss your academic progress and future course work, you'll meet regularly with your adviser. Together you'll develop an academic plan for graduation to help you achieve your career objectives. Good student-faculty rapport is a UW-Stout tradition, and you'll get to know your teachers during your first year.

    After you complete introductory courses in the major, your schedule each semester will include core courses in your concentration along with course work in computer science.

    A co-op/internship experience is required as an integral part of your education. It will give you hands-on experience in industry, allowing you to acquire an appreciation of career expectations and an understanding of the relevance of your academic course work. You'll develop communication and interpersonal skills while obtaining valuable work experience in your field. In addition, these are salaried positions so the experience helps to pay your educational costs. 

    Objectives & Outcomes

    Program Educational Objectives

    The Computer Science program’s educational objectives are based on the mission of the university to create career-focused graduates who solve real-world problems, grow the economy and serve a global society.  The educational objectives of the program, which the graduates can achieve within a few years of graduation, are: 

    • To obtain employment in industry, government, small businesses and organizations successfully using the skills they acquired in computer science and related fields.
    • To contribute to the advancement of computing through leadership, teamwork, communication, and applying computing expertise to solving problems in a dynamically changing world.
    • To continuously learn and adapt to the changing environment created by societal and technical influences through continued career growth and professional development.

    Student Outcomes

    The Computer Science program develops graduates who have an ability to:

    • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions. 
    • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline. 
    • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
    • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles. 
    • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
    • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions. 
    Career Opportunities

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Guide to Industries for 2014-15 states that "Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Employment in software development is projected to increase by 22 percent through 2022."

    The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development predicts a 21.9 percent increase in the number of computer software applications engineers from 2010-2020.

    The knowledge and skills gained in the Game Design and Development concentration are applicable in any software development position. The game entertainment industry is the most recognized, but game development skills are also used for serious purposes, such as military training, education, personal medical assistance, and business simulations. The video game industry is an emerging industry in Wisconsin. Raven Software, of Middleton, is the largest and most established (1990). Other Wisconsin companies include Human Head Studios (Madison), Guild Software (Milwaukee), Filament Games (Madison), Learning Games Network (Madison), PerBlue (Madison), ZyMo Entertainment (Green Bay), and Digital Iris (Milwaukee).

    Mobile applications are developed by many industries for customer convenience and internal use. Creating successful apps requires knowledge in various areas such as programming, human-computer interface, databases, graphics, security, and web/internet programming. Personally, we use apps to interact with our mobile devices, but ultimately with each other. Social media continues to grow and apps allow us to get our daily news and information, talk to our friends, post our photos, watch videos, and more.

    Job Titles

    • Game Software Engineer
    • Game Programmer
    • Mobile Software Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Software Developer
    • Web Application Developer
    • Programmer
    • Information Assurance Engineer

    Companies

    • Big John Games (Nintendo games)
    • King Show Games (casino games
    • HB Studios (console games for EA)
    • Concrete Software (mobile games
    • Degica (publisher of RPG Maker)
    • Acuity
    • Boeing Defense Products
    • Thomson-Reuters
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Rockwell Automation
    • Target Corporation
    • 3KeyLogic
    • Magenic Technologies
    • Menards/Midwest Manufacturing
    CS Advisory Committee

    2019-2020 Computer Science Advisory Committee

    Seth Berrier Associate Professor Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    Matthew Christian Associate Game Programmer Roundhouse Studios
    Diane Christie Program Director Computer Science Program
    Greg Collins Lead Software Configuration Management Engineer Thomson Reuters
    Cosette Dumas Student  
    Seth Dutter Applied Mathematics & Computer Science Program Director Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    Ben Geisler Chief Executive Officer Thawed Codebase
    Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu Department Chair Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    Ryan Ketterer Director of IT Development Services Marshfield Clinic
    Ryan Konwinski IT Manager Leerburg
    Ryan Leis Chief Information Officer Menard Inc.
    Terrence Mason Professor Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    Joseph Matzelle Student  
    Jeff Newquist Senior Engine Programmer Epic Games
    Ken Patterson President Big John Games
    Travis Phillips Technical Architect Terso Solutions
    Michael Rooney Gameplay Programmer Epic Games
    Craig Rykal Software Engineer Optum/United Health Group
    Dennis Schmidt iOS Software Engineer Collins Aerospace
    James Sexton Site Manager Leidos
    Scott Turner Assistant Professor Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    Leah Underwood Student  

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