Computer Science & Innovation

What makes your mobile devices do all the things they do? What's happening beneath the screen, and who develops these innovative ideas and figures out how to make them happen so effortlessly for the user? Coming up with ingenious ideas that have never been done before, and figuring out how to harness innovations with complex mathematics and technology to make them happen, are the challenges and passions of students majoring in Computer Science & Innovation.

Computer Science is the most creative and diverse of all the technology fields. If you can imagine an outcome, this major will give you the tools to create it. In addition to providing a solid grounding in all the most significant areas of computer science, Champlain's unique major connects the dots to the latest technological developments. These cutting-edge components of our curriculum constitute the "Innovation" of the Computer Science & Innovation major-an advanced feature of our curriculum that students would be highly unlikely to find in any other computer science program in the country today.

Balance of Theory & Application

 The program offers a unique practice-based approach to learning and balances technical theory and classroom studies-encompassing everything from the most complex software systems to the lightest wireless applications-with an abundance of experiential work.

Hands-On, Experiential Learning

You'll learn by doing as you undertake projects to create graphical user interfaces, develop advanced mobile programming, experiment with the untapped potential of robotics, and explore other futuristic technologies. Additionally, you'll study open-source development and work in both Windows and UNIX-based environments with development tools from industry leaders like Oracle, Microsoft, Borland, Rational and IBM. You will be able to analyze, design, implement, test and verify systems of varying complexity with varying user interfaces, with multiple tiers and on multiple platforms, including emerging technologies such as mobile-based and web-based applications.

Specializations

As a Computer Science & Innovation student, you can choose to specialize in Mobile Application Development or Software Engineering, or you may elect a minor tailored to your interests and career goals. Your faculty advisor will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals.

Study Abroad

As a Computer Science & Innovation student your clients could be from anywhere around the globe and knowing the background of your users will allow you to develop comprehensive solutions using international standards. You have the option to study abroad at one of the Champlain Abroad campuses during your junior year, in either Montreal, Canada, or Dublin,Ireland, both of which offer relevant computer science courses in your curriculum. Alternatively, you can take a semester studying anywhere in the world through our Global Partners program or one of our third-party international partners. Explore our study abroad options. 

Internships

Thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum, Champlain students are equipped to take on meaningful internships earlier in their college career than is typical. Our Computer Science & Innovation students are prized interns, and many secure paid internships at organizations such MyWebGrocer, IBM, Mitre and GE Healthcare. See where our students have interned. 

Employment Outcomes

While at Champlain, many students in this majorfind excellent paying jobs at prestigious businesses in the Burlington area, including GE Healthcare and MyWebGrocer. After graduation, they become sought-after professionals throughout the region, across the country and internationally. Job placements for Computer Science & Innovation graduates are outstanding. 100% of traditional Computer Science & Innovation graduates from the Class of 2014 were employed within a year of graduation, and 100% of them were in positions related to their career goals. Read more about our students' career success.