Undergraduate Majors

Major in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems (BS)

Prepare for a dynamic career engaging with technology through co-op experiences, research projects, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Student Faculty Computer Lab

Program Overview

A bachelor of science degree in computer science or computer information systems will open doors for you in industries from medicine and business to education and entertainment. At Widener, you'll gain the creative problem-solving skills and in-depth knowledge necessary to embark on any number of careers in computer science.

From a core curriculum focused on programming, problem solving, databases, and software engineering, you'll select a degree track that's right for you:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems

You'll then choose from among a dozen upper-level topics to advance your studies and engage in research and implementation projects that interest you. Learn state-of-the-art technologies and practices in small classes with professors who seek to know you personally.

Complete your education with a co-op or paid internship and a year-long senior project, and you'll confidently enter the computer science field continuing the work you've been doing all along.

Program Options for CS/CIS Majors

Computer Science Major

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Computer Information Systems Major

The computer information systems major is a combination of the computer science major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the management information systems (MIS) option in the School of Business Administration. The major provides a less theoretical and more applied curriculum than the computer science major, taking advantage of some applied courses in MIS.

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Computer Science Minor

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Computer Information Systems Minor

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Computer Forensics Minor

This interdisciplinary minor integrates criminal justice and computer science to prepare students for a career in computer forensics-related fields. Students study theoretical and practical foundations of computer security, forensic methodologies and processes, digital evidence gathering and preservation, criminal investigation and examination, and criminal law related to court presentation.

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Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

Program Highlights

With new computer science/computer information systems courses constantly being added based on industry trends and student interest—like Artificial Intelligence, Computer Security, and Mobile App Development—you'll gain a rich education in what fascinates you most, and what most employers are looking for.

Business Balanced Schedule

Real-World Experience

What could be better than a paid work opportunity that allows you to gain real-world experience and still graduate on time? When you participate in the cooperative education (co-op) program, you'll do just that. Work at a renowned business like SAP, Vanguard, or Lockheed Martin and pay no tuition while you do so.

Computer Science Research

Research Opportunities

Apply what you learn in the lab to meaningful research projects. Our students have pursued projects in cryptology, steganalysis (detecting information hidden inside images), computational cancer research, and bioinformatics. Supported by your professors, you'll then have the chance to present your findings at the annual Student Project Day.

Computer Science Facilities

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Freedom Hall, which opened in fall 2013, holds three student-managed computer laboratories with 66 Linux and Windows workstations, a computer forensics lab with 12 specialized FRED systems, and a high-performance computing cluster. You'll have the opportunity to work part-time as a lab manager to help administer the network.

Alumni Connections

You'll find a second family in your peers, professors, and a vibrant alumni network. An annual alumni panel provides the chance to network and learn about internship opportunities at nationally-recognized businesses and agencies. The annual May alumni banquet reunites this network with graduating seniors to celebrate achievements at all levels.

Clubs & Organizations

Computer Science/Information Systems majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Alpha Mu Gamma - International Modern Language Honor Society, the Alpha Chi Sigma, and many more.


Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback. Get to know our computer science and computer information systems faculty.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Through research, co-op experience, and knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, you'll have what it takes to embark on a career in computer science. When you graduate, you won't just start your career—you'll continue the work you've been doing all along.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Software development
  • Defense contracting
  • Information science
  • Network analysis
  • Computer forensics

Industry Growth

Job outlook is projected to increase 13% by 2030 for computer and information technology occupations as all aspects of society become more digitized.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Vanguard
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • SAP

Student Stories

Desiree Junfijiah points to a computer screen she's working on

"I feel like it’s my job to help someone who comes after me – women and also black people in tech. I think about myself. I didn’t have someone to look to."

Desiree Junfijiah

Class of 2023
Hayley Bonhage, wearing headphones, sitting at a computer playing Overwatch for Esports team

"I’m interested in a lot of different applications in computer science so I’m not sure where that will take me. It will be an adventure either way."

Hayley Bonhage

Class of 2021
Student in lab working on device with petri dish

"Working on different projects at Widener taught me how to think on my feet. It taught me how to not leap before I think, but to leap while also thinking."

Abhay Aradhya

Class of 2018
Markevis Gideon and business partners in front of Widener sign

"Widener has exposed me to opportunities that forever shaped my life. Now, as a well-traveled entrepreneur with a young but growing business, I am excited to see how Widener University is still preparing graduates toward a path of excellence."

Markevis Gideon

Class of 2010

Take the Next Steps


Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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