Department of Computer Science

Computer Science at the University of Mary Washington is a blend of theory and practical application. Our students benefit from the guidance and personal attention of our faculty.

We offer a number of programs including a popular major in computer science which matches the curricula guidelines for a program in Computer Science at a college of the liberal arts and sciences.  We also are offering a new major with a concentration in cybersecurity.  We have three minors as well: computer science, cybersecurity, and data science.

The department continually reviews and adjusts the content of its core courses.  We offer required courses every semester, and rotate a large variety of electives.  In addition to a dynamic curriculum the department provides other opportunities for students:

  • The department provides individual study and honors projects so that students can explore their own interests or participate in faculty research. In addition, students can intern or co-op with local and regional firms and agencies.
  • The department has active student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences. We also have a student group for encouraging and supporting women in computing, the DiverseCS, and Linux Users Group.
  • Computer Science currently has five scholarships available for qualified students.

The department chairperson is Dr. Ian Finlayson.