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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 the new Kirkland location. Via our degree programs, minors, and certificates, students are exposed to various aspects of the CS discipline, which includes theory, algorithm, and architecture foundations of computer science. 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

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Yasmine Elglaly, PhD

In collaboration with Dr. Kristen Shinohara at Rochester Institution of Technology, and Dr. Cathering Baker at Creighton University, Dr. Elglaly has secured funding from the NSF to further her accessibility research on "Accessibility as a Foundational Computing Concept and Skill." Full-details.

Griffin Hartz with VR set

Griffin Hartz

Griffin Hartz is a junior in Computer Science and was awarded the Elwha Summer Research Award. Griffin will be working with Dr. Wesley Deneke to study methods to make the coming Metaverse more accessible, facilitate collaboration, and minimize the skill barrier. Full-details.

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NSA CAE Designation

Western's Cybersecurity Program has received recognition from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. WWU joins about 300 schools nationally to receive this designation. Full-details.

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