- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Computer science is the study of computers, including the development and analysis of programs and the computing machinery that runs them.
The WSU computer science program emphasizes software design and testing. You can broaden your studies by working with an advisor to choose courses that fulfill the degree requirements and give you specialized knowledge in other areas, such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, security, networks, distributed systems, and more.
- Strengths of the program
- WSU computer science alumni have become leaders in local and worldwide companies, universities, and other computing-related areas.
- Learning labs include SGI and HP workstations for graphics and animation, PC operating systems based on Linux, PC-based networking, and microprocessor development.
- Superb computer facilities include Unix and Windows workstations with high-speed networking and 10-gigabit internet.
- Gain career strength in software engineering, operating systems, neural networks, data mining, computer graphics and animation, computer security, networking, and programming languages.
- Receive a solid technical background in math, science, and engineering.
- You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For computer science students
In addition to general university scholarships, students are eligible for corporate and privately supported scholarships and achievement awards offered by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
- Careers in computer science
Hot careers for WSU computer science graduates are in software engineering, networking, and computer animation. Companies that typically hire WSU graduates include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Alias|Wavefront, Intel, Tektronix, Boeing, and other small- and mid-sized companies that are in the computing industry or are looking for technical leadership.