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Are you interested in designing and writing computer programs?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Did you know that Software Developer is consistently listed as one of the best technology jobs in the United States? 

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science 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. 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. 


Program Highlights:

  • The program consists of a full computer science major and a mathematics minor, as well as a concentration area 
  • Emphasis on user-friendly, graphically-based software 
  • Co-op/internship industry experience 
  • Collaborative projects with teams of students and industry partners 
  • 100 percent employment; Average starting salary $55,000

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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.

This is the future. Do you want to be a part of it?

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 apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
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.

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Job Titles

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


  • 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
  • 3 Key Logic
  • Magenic Technologies
  • Menards/Midwest Manufacturing
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)
  • minimum ACT composite score of 23 (or SAT equivalent)
  • 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
  • earn a grade of "C" or higher for all math and computer science courses already taken
  • 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.


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