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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

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Dr. Huang receives Award at IEEE's FIE

Dr. Fuqun Huang is recognized at the Frontiers in Education Annual Conference for demonstrating outstanding contributions to the field of engineering and computing education and scholarship.

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Student Spotlight

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The SEA Discovery Center Teams up with CS Student Projects

Students from Western's Computer Science and Cybersecurity programs, located in both Bellingham and at WWU on the Peninsulas, are participating in Senior Projects that support WWU's public aquarium, SEA Discovery Center, in Poulsbo, WA. 
See the complete story in Western Today.

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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