The computer science department at UW-L is the second oldest in the UW-System. The department's emphasis on teaching is evident in small class sizes and professors who give students personal attention. The department has an exciting and challenging curriculum in our undergraduate programs with a large selection of elective courses. The unique 5yr dual degree, BS in Computer Science/Master of Software Engineering (MSE), is for those students up to the challenge of getting both degrees in a shorter period of time. The MSE degree is unique within the UW-System. We hope this piques your interest to investigate our programs more closely. If you have any questions please contact us.


  • 1/22/18 - Spring Classes Begin
  • 1/28/18 - CS Lab Opens (hours)
  • 2/3/18 - Game/LAN Party (poster)
  • 2/28/18 - Spring Career Fair 10-3pm
  • Student Union

DLS 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Cliff Young will be our 2017 Distinguished Lecturer. The lectures will be held on Friday Nov 10, 2017. Dr. Young is a Google Software Engineer and is one of the designers of Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) which supports deep learning applications. Before joining Google, Dr. Young worked at D. E. Shaw Research, building special-purpose supercomputers for molecular dynamics. Details may be found at: brochure, poster

NOTE: Off-campus visitors will want to review the parking permit information for the UWL campus.

Distinguished Alumna

Shelmina Abji, UWL Computer Science graduate from 1985, will receive the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award on Sept 23rd at 9am in The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union. After graduation from UWL, Shelmina went to work for ETA Systems, a super-computer manufacturer, before moving to IBM and eventually becoming Vice President of the IBM Global Microsoft Alliance. The department is very proud to have Shelmina as one of our graduates.

Carl Wimberly Award

At the 52nd UWL International Banquet, Prof. Mao Zheng received the W. Carl Wimberly Founders Award for International Partnerships. Prof. Zheng joined the Computer Science Department in 2003 and has been very active in promoting international partnerships.

MICS 2017

UWL is hosting the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium on April 7-8, 2017. MICS is a regional conference dedicated to providing higher education participants an educational experience focused on the integration of computer-based technology in the teaching and learning processes of all disciplines and the incorporation of the study of this technology in the curriculum. The conference will feature a career fair, technical sessions, programming contest, robot contest, banquet, and keynote address by Professor Maria Gini of the University of Minnesota.

DLS 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shafi Goldwasser will be our Distinguished Lecturer in Computer Science for 2016. The lectures will be held on Monday April 3, 2017. Dr. Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is also co-leader of the cryptography and information security group. Full details may be found here along with the brochure and poster.

NOTE: Off-campus visitors will want to review the parking permit information since parking arrangements on the UWL campus have recently changed.

Recent Curricular Changes

IoT: The department is now offering a three course sequence in embedded devices and the Internet of Things (CS 272 - Microcontrollers I, CS 372 - Microcontrollers II & CS 472 - Internet of Things.

Graphics: The Computer Graphics course (CS 352) has now been split into CS 475 - Computer Graphics & Modeling and CS 476 - Data Visualization.

Web Dev: CS 202 - Introduction to Web Design is now a prerequisite for CS 402 - Web Application Development.

Major Field Exam: The Major Field Exam, which the department uses for program assessment, is now tracked as a "milestone" requirement for the major and to be satisfied in the senior year.