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ABOUT COMPUTER SCIENCE

The WSU Tri-Cities computer science program includes courses on software design, network design, computer graphics, scientific computation, programming tools and more. In today’s technological world, computer science is applicable to virtually every industry and the Tri-Cities has a huge need for computer science graduates. 

The Tri-Cities is ranked seventh in the nation for STEM graduates. 

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Specialized skills
WSU Tri-Cities is located in the heart of the Tri-Cities Research District and partners with companies like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, regional technology firms and others to provide students with real-world experience.

Applied learning
WSU Tri-Cities computer science assistant professor Luis De La Torre works with students in a capstone course students to build an application designed to improve destination arrival times for applications similar to Uber or Lyft.

Coding Cougs
Students have the opportunity to compete as part of its award-winning computer science club – Coding Cougs. Teams from WSU Tri-Cities have gone on to beat out hundreds of students for competitive awards at hackathons and the like. 

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in computer science, which could include:

  • Program design and development 
  • Data structures 
  • Data mining 
  • Computer security 
  • Web development 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Computer architecture 

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

The WSU Tri-Cities computer science program (BA) and WSU Tri-Cities computer science program (BS) are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET — the most prestigious accreditation awarded to a computer science program.  Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. 

RELATED FIELDS:

  • Software engineering
  • Computer security
  • Programming
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Web development

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in computer science
Our graduates have gone on to land jobs at Microsoft, Amazon, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy and more. 

WSU Tri-Cities alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:

$70,406

Estimated salary of computer science alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities computer science graduates:
Computer Scientist | Programmer | Software Engineer | Electrical Engineer | Data Scientist

*Data provided by EMSI