Computer Science

Your Foundation for a Future Career: Start Here for a Seamless Transfer

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Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the world of technology and eager to contribute to its evolution? At College of Western Idaho (CWI), our Computer Science program offers you a platform to turn your interest in technology into a career that shapes the future. This program encompasses a variety of subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English, providing you a comprehensive foundation for understanding and innovating in the field of computer science.

Designed to culminate in an Associate of Science degree, you will have an understanding of the fundamental syntax of computer languages, establish good design principles, and have the tools to go on. By maximizing your academic efforts at CWI, you will be prepared for a seamless transfer to four-year institutions where you can pursue an advanced degree.

Applications for the Center for Advanced Engineering Scholarship (CAES) are now being accepted for Fall 2024 through May 17.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Science



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Practical Application: Engage in hands-on labs and demonstrations, gaining immediate application of your learning with feedback from instructors.
  • Foundational Skills: Develop a deep understanding of technology, along with best practices and problem-solving approaches.
  • Transfer Readiness: Be well-prepared for transferring to a four-year university, with coursework aligned to the expectations of advanced programs.
  • Comprehensive Skill Development: Strengthen your skills in mathematics, a crucial aspect of computer science, with supportive resources available.
  • Problem-Solving Abilities: Enhance your logical thinking and problem-solving abilities through scientific courses like physics and chemistry.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Computer Science – Associate of Science Degree




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Computer Systems Analysts

    Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


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  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.


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  • Computer Occupations, All Other

    All computer occupations not listed separately.


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  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network , wide area network , data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.


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  • Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

    Develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.


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  • Web and Digital Interface Designers

    Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.


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  • Computer Network Architects

    Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks , wide area networks , intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.


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  • Database Administrators

    Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.


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  • Database Architects

    Design strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Set standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Model, design, and construct large relational databases or data warehouses. Create and optimize data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.


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  • Computer and Information Research Scientists

    Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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