Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers two challenging, yet very rewarding, degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. A dedicated staff of five faculty members serve the programs, with all but one having doctoral degrees. The faculty members are professionally active on the national and regional levels through their research and their professional affiliation with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers the following major programs of study. Click on the name below to see the details of the program.

Computer Science

The degree program in computer science follows the professional guidelines set forth by the ACM. During the first two years of study there is a special emphasis on the conceptual design of the written instructions, known as software, that directs computers or computer applications, and the interaction of this software code with computer machinery. The program also requires computer engineering courses instructed within the College of Engineering; hence it affords students the opportunity to get a solid dose of hardware courses taught by engineers. Further, a substantial foundation in mathematics offers students uniqueness and strength in today’s job market.

Your broad focus of study will involve the understanding and design of computers and computational processes. The Computer Science major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, puts special emphasis on mathematics, the conceptual design of software, and the interaction of software with computer machinery.

The Computer Science major provides a strong background in programming and software development, and will prepare you to work as a software engineer, handling the design and development of user-oriented computer applications and systems. The substantial foundation in mathematics and computer hardware in this concentration offers students uniqueness and strength in today’s job market.

“One of the strengths of our computer science program is the fact that we offer small class sizes in a computer laboratory that provides an interactive approach to learning programming concepts. We, as a faculty, take personal interest in our students’ progress and enjoy the opportunities to work individually with them. Our program is also unique in its interdisciplinary study of computer science. Students gain hands-on experience with computer hardware and build a very solid background in programming and software development. We also place a heavy emphasis on mathematics courses because these courses provide a mathematical framework upon which the study of computer science is built.”
Lisa Hansen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics

Students are well prepared to enter careers in software design, software development, software management, systems programming, systems analysis, technical and software support, computer consulting, and network and system administration.

Information Technology

Today’s technological advancements require technology professionals who can help companies to administer their system networks and databases. More importantly these companies need technology professionals to help their computer users to do their job without having to know how the internals of computers work. A typical user does not have to know how switches and routers work in order to be able to browse the Web. Our Information Technology major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science, prepares students to be those technology professionals who can help to administer computer systems, manage a network of computers, design and develop Web pages, troubleshoot network security problems, and oversee the physical connectivity of Internet or intranet connections.

Read about our Programming Contest for Local High School Students.


The Faculty

Click here for a list of the department faculty.

Inside Computer Science 



ACM Programming Contest Link


Students Succeed in hackNY Competition

On March 7, four Western New England University computer science students traveled to New York City to compete in hackNY. Read more.

Computer Science Students Win Prize at HackMIT Competition

Four Western New England University computer science students, sophomores Gunther Cox, Brian Grohe, and Kevin Brown, and senior Maxwell Lemkin, recently participated in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), HackMIT hackathon competition. The students won a $1,000 prize for their innovative work, along with a guaranteed interview for an internship with a major tech company. Read more.  

Women in Technology Program to Receive Grant

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected the Western New England University Women in Technology student program to receive a Symantec $750 Student Seed Fund grant. The funds will be used to support activities that may include a Women in Technology Day on campus, outreach to high school girls, or a hackathon for women. Symantec has donated funds to seed programs and initiatives for student organizations that promote increased women in computing and IT programs on NCWIT Academic Alliance campuses.

High School Students Learn to Assemble Computers at Teen Tech Camp

Western New England University hosted a pair of week-long computer summer camps for high school and middle school students this July. High school students attended the Teen Tech camp from July 9-13, while middle school students will be on campus for the Tween Tech camp from July 16-20. The camps focus on group activities where students discover how computers work through games and magic tricks, develop apps for smartphones and tablets, and learn how to program animation.
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