Do you thrive on developing elegant solutions to complex problems? Industry 4.0 is changing the way companies develop and deliver products and services. As a computer science major at Wilkes, you鈥檒l leverage both your analytical and creative skills to design next-generation software and data solutions that can change tomorrow鈥檚 world.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (16 for minor)

Why Study Computer Science at Wilkes?

As a Wilkes computer science student, you鈥檒l enjoy small class sizes, the freedom to conduct independent study and research with dedicated faculty, and opportunities to solve real-world problems.

What Will You Learn as a Computer Science Major?

  • A series of foundational computer science and mathematics courses in data structures, algorithms, and parallel and distributed computing provide a strong base of theoretical and practical knowledge you'll use every day.
  • Advanced electives build on what you've learned, diving into topics such as networking and communication, security, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • In addition to technical expertise, you'll prepare for a successful career by learning to effectively work within a team and become familiar best practices within a professional, legal and ethical framework. Select students gain practical experience working as system administrators for the department, managing our computing facilities.
  • A senior capstone project brings it all together. You'll have the opportunity to leverage everything you've learned as you work on a project team under the direction of a faculty member solving actual problems. Capstone projects are often developed with alumni supervision, giving you additional opportunities to make lasting connections and expand your network.

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Program Highlights

Senior Project

For your senior project, you鈥檒l design and implement software as part of a team and present it at the end of your last semester. Examples of past senior projects include iOS robotics drivers, AI chess engines, mobile and web apps to improve and automate university workflows, and applications that support faculty research.

Internships

The CS program allows flexibility for internships and cooperative education. Students have interned at Google, NASA, Intel and many more. The credit-bearing cooperative education component includes placement in a private or public organization related to your academic objectives and career goals.

Facilities

Hands-on, experiential learning takes place in our computer labs, which house over two dozen workstations with quad-core Intel i7 processors running GNU/Linux. Our WARLOC computing cluster offers massive computing power and data analysis capabilities at scale.

Chu

I love Wilkes鈥 close-knit community, as well as having professors who truly care about students鈥 well-being. I also appreciate the opportunities Wilkes has given me. 

Simon Chu - PhD candidate in Software Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Careers & Outcomes

Computer science careers continue to grow and evolve as technology changes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for computer and information research jobs is expected to increase by 15% from 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Professionals with a bachelor's degree in computer science can pursue careers in an immense variety of industries. 

Careers

  • Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Solutions Architect
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Game Developer
  • Devops Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator

Employers

  • Google
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • IBM
  • Intel Corp.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Keystone Automotive
  • Benco Dental
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Graduate Schools

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Arizona