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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4002
  • Adam Fischbach


Computer Science

Related Majors

  • Computer Information Systems

    The computer information systems (CIS) major combines courses in computer science with courses in the School of Business Administration. Students learn about software development, database design, business management, and management information systems. The program provides students with a less theoretical and more applied curriculum, which gives them the foundation to design, build, and maintain computer information systems. Graduates can gain employment as systems and network analysts and database and network administrators. 

  • Digital Media Informatics

    The digital media informatics major prepares students for work in the digital media environment. Graduates understand the intricacies of technology as it relates to the ever-evolving world of media and digital communications. Faculty from computer science and communication studies offer classes from four specialized concentrations: audio-visual; graphics, mobile, and web development; gaming and artificial intelligence; and digital writing.

Why Widener?

student presentation

Real-World Experience

Computer science students can take advantage of the department's co-op option, which enables them to work in the industry for eight months while still graduating in four years. Many of our students also participate in traditional summer and part-time internships in the technology field. Often, such co-op and intern positions lead to full-time employment. The department has a successful track record of graduates landing jobs with employers like Oracle, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Boeing. 

student researching on computer

Research Opportunities

Computer science majors aren’t just clicking away on a keyboard all day; they are encouraged by Widener's faculty members from day one to become technology scholars. This experience teaches computer science students to be critical thinkers and allows them to stand out when entering careers upon graduation. Our students have pursued projects in cryptology, steganalysis (detecting information hidden inside images), computational cancer research, and bioinformatics. 

freedom hall, home of computer science

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The computer science program recently moved into a newly constructed building complete with three student-managed computer laboratories with 66 computer workstations dedicated solely for use by computer science and information systems students. The facility also includes a dedicated computer forensics lab equipped with a dozen Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED) computers, as well as a small super computer with more than 1,000 processor cores. 

  • chris m. hahn
  • noah j. pascarell
chris m. hahn

Christopher M. Hahn


Widener taught me that it's okay to ask for help and that those who pursue knowledge are the kinds of people you should surround yourself with. This applies to jobs you're taking, as well as teams you may one day build. I regularly look to hire people that I think are smarter or more knowledgeable than I am. 

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noah j. pascarell

Noah J. Pascarell


The faculty members are the reason to choose Widener’s computer science program. It was their excitement for the topics they were teaching and engaging classes that fostered my passion for the subject and ultimately my career in technology.

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Civic Engagement: Computer Science Tech Day

Widener's Computer Science Department hosts a Tech Day each year for the Chester community. Sponsored by IBM, the Tech Day enables Chester residents, small businesses, and nonprofits to bring in computers that needs service for a free check-up. If the Widener students and faculty had the resources to fix the residents' computer problems, they did so and sent the residents off with functioning machines.

Potential Careers

  • Software developer
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Web developer
  • Computer programmer

Recent Employers

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Oracle
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Vanguard
  • Equisoft