The computer science department at UW-L is the second oldest in the UW-System. The department's emphasis on teaching is evident in small class sizes and professors who give students personal attention. The department has an exciting and challenging curriculum in our undergraduate programs with a large selection of elective courses. The unique 5yr dual degree, BS in Computer Science/Master of Software Engineering (MSE), is for those students up to the challenge of getting both degrees in a shorter period of time. The MSE degree is unique within the UW-System. We hope this piques your interest to investigate our programs more closely. If you have any questions please contact us.


  • 9/9 - CS LAB OPENS
  • 10/25 - 2:30-5pm - CS Major Field Test
  • 11/1 - 2:30-5pm - CS Major Field Test
  • TBD - MICS 2020

Computer Engineering Program!

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, at their October meeting, has granted the UWL Computer Science Department authority to offer an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering beginning in the fall of 2020. Graduates can expect to fill a wide variety of in-demand jobs including roles in low-level software development (device drivers, firmware, operating systems and virtual machines) in addition to roles in hardware design (digital circuit design and verification, computer architecture, control systems and signal processing). Details about the program will be forthcoming.

Our Department Continues To Grow

Our Fall 2018 search was successful and we are continuing to search for another tenure track position as well as a replacement for a recent retirement. Applicants from all fields of computer engineering and computer science will be considered. The department has recently expanded its coursework in embedded systems and will be adding an undergraduate degree program in Computer Engineering starting in Fall 2020. The positions are listed at HigherEdJobs and UW-La Crosse HR #11169 and UW-La Crosse HR #11212. The positions are open until filled and applications received by Oct. 15, 2019 for posting #11169 or by Nov 4, 2019 for posting #11212, will be included in the first review.

Questions may be directed to the department chair Prof. Hunt.

Students Talk About Computer Science

50th Anniversary

On Oct 5, 2018, the department celebrated its 50th anniversary with activities including an Employer and Alumni Meet & Greet, an Alumni Panel and a Dinner Program.

Embedded Systems Emphasis

The Computer Science Department recently received approval to offer an Embedded Systems Emphasis within the CS Major. The emphasis includes the three course sequence CS 272 (Digital Circuit Design for Microcontrollers I), CS 372 (Digital Circuit Design for Microcontrollers II) and CS 472 (Internet of Things). Compensating changes to the CS Major requirements keep total credits at 45, the same as the CS Major. Full details will appear in the online catalog this summer.

Distinguished Alumna

Shelmina Abji, UWL Computer Science graduate from 1985, received the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award on Sept 23rd, 2017. After graduation from UWL, Shelmina went to work for ETA Systems, a super-computer manufacturer, before moving to IBM and eventually becoming Vice President of the IBM Global Microsoft Alliance. The department is very proud to have Shelmina as one of our graduates.

Carl Wimberly Award

At the 52nd UWL International Banquet, Prof. Mao Zheng received the W. Carl Wimberly Founders Award for International Partnerships. Prof. Zheng joined the Computer Science Department in 2002 and has been very active in promoting international partnerships.