Computer Science

What does the Computer Science Department offer?

Computer Science is one of the fastest-growing fields of study at Western, and the faculty seek to find ways to challenge students in various areas such as Game Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or Bioinformatics.  Just imagine harnessing the raw processing power of a 300-core cluster computer, testing the vulnerability of a company’s firewall against cyber-attack, or working with a team to build the next great mobile app.  Whatever your interest may be, the Computer Science Department can help you pursue it! The CS Department seeks to prepare its graduates for a variety of occupations, including working for such industry giants as Amazon, Boeing, Google, and Microsoft.

WWU Cyber Defense Team Wins!

Congratulations to the WWU Cyber Defense Team on taking second place at the 2021 Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.   The team members include: Parker Lamb, Matt Jackson, Brennan Vanden Bos, Noah Reneau, Douglas Slater, Ben Paros, Josh Helm, and Sid Lacy.

This team has upheld the high standards set by their predecessors. The competition was challenging as usual, with 12 teams representing colleges and universities across the northwest competing.  In past competitions in the last six years WWU has taken 2nd three times, 3rd once, and 1st once.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Program

Finalists for the NCWIT Collegiate Award

First year CS/M Scholar Abigayle Peterson and senior Erin Howard have been selected as finalists for the NCWIT Collegiate Award which honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. 

Learn more about the finalists