Computer Science students collaborating on a laptop


Bachelor of Science

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Arts in Education

  • Computer Science

Master of Science

  • Computer Science

Minors & Certificates

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet Resource Creation and Management
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Web Content Developer
  • Web Programmer
  • Cyber Security and Privacy
  • E-Commerce Developer




Computer Science at Western offers a collaborative, inclusive, and immersive learning experience. We prepare students to excel and innovate in exciting and fast-changing technology careers. Major-level courses are capped at 35 students and are taught by full-time faculty. The majority of our elective courses are project-based, in which students work in teams to complete term-length projects, mimicking the type of creative and team-oriented atmosphere that is now commonplace at many companies where you'll find Western CS alumni. These include Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, as well as many other national and regional companies.

Degrees, Minors, and Certificates

We offer an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Data Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is a 2+2 program partnering with Western's Cybersecurity partners in Bellingham, Poulsbo and Kirkland. Via our degree programs, minors, and certificates, students are exposed to various aspects of the CS discipline, including theory, algorithms, and architecture foundations. Ethics, as well as communication and presentation skills, and critical thinking, are emphasized throughout our curriculum.


We offer a variety of student opportunities to enrich the classroom experience. These range from more than a dozen student-run clubs to faculty mentored research projects, in areas such as Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Data Science, and Human Computer Interaction. Networking with regional companies and lecture series further enrich the student experience, as do our peer-mentoring and advising efforts.

Quick Facts

Number of Graduates (BS & MS)


Summer 2022 - Spring 2023

Number of NSF & External Grants


Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Number of Student Co-Authors


Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Number of Students in the Department


On a per-quarter basis

Faculty Focus

Caroline Hardin headshot

Dr. Hardin Awarded $230k Grant

Assistant Professor Hardin awarded $230K from the NSF to study CS teaching pathways and identify barriers for aspiring teachers.

Student Spotlight

WWU Competitive Programming Club

Student Club Wins!

The WWU Competitive Programming Club competed in the International Collegiate Programming Contest regionals at University of Washington Spokane on February 25th. The team was 1st in WA state, and 5th in the PNW Region.

Dept. Development

Dr. Caroline Hardin of the Computer Science, Secondary Education Program works with a student.

BAE CS Education

The new Computer Science, Secondary Education - Bachelor of Arts in Education major is off and running! The first cohort of students has been accepted to the major and classes are underway. See the complete story in Western Today.

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