Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at UWL. Our stellar programs attract oustanding students from around the world who work closely with our faculty to advance state-of-the-art research in computing technologies. We attribute our success to a strong tradition of collaborative research, close working relationships with local industries, state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated committment to student achievement.

We offer bachelor of science degrees in computer science and computer engineering as well as a master's degree in software engineering. Our MSE program is unique within the UW system and offers graduates very desiriable employment opportunities. We also offer a very popular dual-degree program that awards students a BS in Computer Science and a Master's in Software Engineering within a condensed time frame of only five years. If you have any questions please contact us.


Fall 2020: CS Lab Hours
Fall 2020: Major Field Test (TBD)
Fall 2020: Major Field Test (TBD)
Fall 2020: MICS Conference (TBD)

SIGCSE Panel Expert on Embedded Systems

Dr. Elliott Forbes participated in a panel discussion entitled Including Embedded Systems in CS: Why? When? and How? as part of SIGCSE 2019. As noted on the SIGCSE web site, The SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the largest computing education conference worldwide organized by ACM SIGCSE. It attracts over 1,500 researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing education in K-12 and higher education.

Dr. Forbes served as a domain expert in both Computer Engineering and Compter Science Education where he presented the way in which the UWL CS department developed its well received embedded systems emphasis. Dr. Forbres argued that within the last 10-15 years the barriers to entry in embedded systems development have dramatically decreased. Development platforms of the past were often vendor-locked, required expensive hardware and software developer kits (SDKs), were difficult to use, and lacked a community that was accessible to newcomers. Now, however, the open-source hardware and software communities have rallied, largely solving these issues. The CS department recognized the new opportunities afforded by these lowered barriers and developed a hands-on curriculum revolving around the Internet of Things (IoT).

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.