High School Preparation

Computer science is a demanding profession. Students should enjoy the challenge of completing complex assignments and be able to solve both simple and sophisticated problems. They should be willing to spend time analyzing and solving problems both independently and collaboratively as a team. A strong mathematics background is essential.

College Preparation:

All students enrolling at Eau Claire are expected to have a minimum of 17 college preparatory units including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, pre-calculus)
  • 3 years of natural science
  • 3 years of social science (including American history)

The most significant indicators of success in computer science are an interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics, and a positive work ethic.

Assessment Plan

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Prospective Students

Job Outlook

The job outlook for the computer science field is booming! Careers in the computer science field are available in numbers as large as ever. Take a look at what is going on in the computer science field nation wide field by reading through some of the top sites on the net.
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The Department of Computer Science offers a number of full and partial tuition scholarships to students who major in a program offered by the Department of Computer Science. Additionally, there are number of other funding opportunities available to students in the department including work-study, faculty/student collaborative research, and a few other assorted scholarships.
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Corporate Learning Program

The Corporate Learning Scholars Program is a collaborative venture between the UWEC and regional employers. The Corporate Learning Scholars Program is supported by a consortium of industry partners who have directly benefited from computer science graduates that embody the "Eau Claire Advantage." The program offers qualified freshman applicants a combined scholarship and paid internship opportunity.
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The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire offers many majors and minors in the computer science department. From the comprehensive computer science major to the computer game development minor, there is a wide range of programs and one that is perfect for you!
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Collaborative Research

Several students each year participate in student/faculty collaborative research projects in computer science, and many present their work at conferences and through publications in refereed journals.
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Software Downloads

The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire is affiliates with many software initiatives and computer science students have access to download a large amount of software for free or a discounted rate.
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New/Transfer Student FAQs

There are many questions when you are a new or transferring student to the university. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions students have in order to help incoming students transition into the computer science department without trouble.
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A Message From The CS Chair

The chair of the computer science department, Paul J. Wagner, has written a short message for all current computer science students and all those thinking about starting their career in the computer science field.
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