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.


  • 9/4/18 - Fall Classes Begin
  • 9/5/18 - Part-time Job Fair 10-3 Student Union
  • 10/5/18 - Alumni Panel & CS 50th Celebration
  • 10/10/18 - Fall Fair 10-3 Student Union

50th Anniversary

This year the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 5. Event details will be coming soon.

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.

DLS 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Cliff Young will be our 2017 Distinguished Lecturer. The lectures will be held on Friday Nov 10, 2017. Dr. Young is a Google Software Engineer and is one of the designers of Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) which supports deep learning applications. Before joining Google, Dr. Young worked at D. E. Shaw Research, building special-purpose supercomputers for molecular dynamics. Details may be found at: brochure, poster

NOTE: Off-campus visitors will want to review the parking permit information for the UWL campus.

Distinguished Alumna

Shelmina Abji, UWL Computer Science graduate from 1985, will receive the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award on Sept 23rd at 9am in The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union. 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 2003 and has been very active in promoting international partnerships.

Recent Curricular Changes

IoT: The department is now offering a three course sequence in embedded devices and the Internet of Things (CS 272 - Microcontrollers I, CS 372 - Microcontrollers II & CS 472 - Internet of Things.

Graphics: The Computer Graphics course (CS 352) has now been split into CS 475 - Computer Graphics & Modeling and CS 476 - Data Visualization.

Web Dev: CS 202 - Introduction to Web Design is now a prerequisite for CS 402 - Web Application Development.

Major Field Exam: The Major Field Exam, which the department uses for program assessment, is now tracked as a "milestone" requirement for the major and to be satisfied in the senior year.