Learn In-Demand Skills
UW-Platteville has a community of passionate teachers dedicated to offering leading-edge, rigorous, and high-quality programs that prepare you for careers in the rapidly expanding computing industry. We offer B.S. programs in computer science, software engineering, and cybersecurity, as well as the interdisciplinary CS + X programs. Our Software Engineering program (the second largest in Wisconsin) is accredited by ABET. The university is known for providing hands-on learning experiences in state-of-the-art labs that allow you to master job-ready skills. Our industry-sponsored, year-long capstone project provides you with networking opportunities and exposes you to the culture of the computing industry even before you graduate.
UW-Platteville's new Computer Science + X program gives you more flexibility to customize your learning, and focus on what you're passionate about, while acquiring in-demand computer skills. The interdisciplinary degree combines a core curriculum in computer science with most of the major requirement of discipline “X,” so that you can apply the tools of computing as you explore another field of interest. Whether you're interested in criminal justice, sustainability, finance, or agriculture, the CS + X program allows you to develop a unique degree that will give you a competitive advantage on the job market.
UW-Platteville also recently launched a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is concerned with preventing computer networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access and ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information to the authorized users. UW-Platteville’s hands-on program has been designed to provide you the necessary skills to find jobs in this exciting and rapidly growing field. Graduates are prepared for jobs such as cybersecurity analyst, cybersecurity engineer, IT specialist, and more.
The UW-Platteville Software Engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, ensures that you will gain extensive experience in the design and development of software systems. Courses in this program support real-time embedded systems like those that control appliances, security systems, automobiles, aircraft, and more. Because we are one of the most complete software engineering colleges in the region, the coursework will also ground you in software engineering and prepare you to succeed in any area of software development.
UW-Platteville also collaborates with four other campuses to offer an online degree in applied computing. This program results in a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing, and all 61 credits are offered completely online.
Careers in Computer Science and Software Engineering
Computer science and software engineering are related career fields, but there is an important distinction in the two disciplines. Computer scientists use math, science, computation theory, coding, machine learning, algorithms, and more to identify and solve problems in computing systems. Software engineers also work with computer software, using engineering principles and computer science to design systems and applications that will meet users’ needs.
With a degree in computer science or software engineering, you can pursue a variety of rewarding careers that can include:
- Computer programmer
- Computer support specialist
- Network architect
- Computer and information research scientist
- Information security analyst
- Network administrator
- Database administrator
- Software developer
- Software tester
- Systems analyst
- Web developer
- Digital designer
Computer science and software engineering professionals are needed in almost every industry today, including manufacturing, private businesses, healthcare, and government entities. People in these roles generally work in office settings. They may work independently, but they may also be part of larger teams with other developers, analysts, or testers working toward common goals.
Discover by doing
UW-Platteville provides experiential learning opportunities for computer science and software engineering students—the computing professionals of tomorrow. Students participate in internships and co-ops, working with local companies to solve real-world challenges.
Enhance coursework by joining a club or organization that focuses on computer science and software engineering such as Game Development Club, Association for Information Technology Professions, and Association for Computing Machinery.
Our state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab gives students the opportunity to practice in-demand skills like defending against cyber-attacks, performing ethical hacking, managing security risks, and more.