Contact Brian Hall, Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-5730
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 the complex technology to make them happen, are the challenges and passions of students majoring in Computer Science & Innovation.
Computer Science is one of 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. The "innovation" in the Computer Science & Innovation major is an advanced feature of our curriculum that students would be highly unlikely to find in any other computer science program in the country today.
The program offers a unique practice-based approach to learning and balances technical theory and classroom studies—encompassing everything from lightweight mobile applications to complex software systems—with an abundance of experiential work.
You will learn by doing as you undertake projects to create stand-alone applications, connected applications and experiment with the untapped potential of technological advances. You'll take a series of four innovation courses that explore emerging technologies and open-source development, work with a variety of development tools in different operating system environments (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux), and dive into advanced topics such as haptics and artificial intelligence (AI). Additionally, you will apply computing theory and programming principles to practical software design and development.
The Computer Science & Innovation faculty at Champlain will offer you everything you need to be career-ready. Our faculty members have significant research and industry experience, as well as unique cultural backgrounds that inform the computer science areas they teach. Thanks to our small class sizes, our Computer Science & Innovation professors are able to focus on you and your goals and will help you meet them.
As a Computer Science & Innovation student, a specialization or a minor is a required part of your curriculum. You can choose to specialize in either 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.
In their third year, some Computer Science & Innovation students study abroad at our campus in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is one of the biggest technology hubs in the world and the headquarters of the IT sector in Europe. Some Computer Science & Innovation students will take courses, such as Global IT and Ethics, where they gain a global perspective on international IT practices and ethics and/or they may also participate in an internship at one of the tech companies nearby. Alternatively, you can study abroad at our Montreal campus or anywhere in the world through our Global Partners program or one of our third-party international partners. Explore our study abroad options.
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, GE, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Allscripts Healthcare. See where our students have interned.
While at Champlain, many students in this major find excellent paying jobs at prestigious businesses in the Burlington area, including Allscripts Healthcare and MyWebGrocer. After graduation, they become sought-after professionals throughout the region, across the country and internationally. Student are also working with software development in diverse fields, such as defense and aerospace. Job placements for Computer Science & Innovation graduates are outstanding. 91% of traditional Computer Science & Innovation graduates from the Class of 2016 are employed within six months of graduation, and of those employed 90% of them are in positions related to their career goals. Read more about our students' career success.