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Computer Science & Innovation Major

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Immerse yourself in the languages, practices, and techniques of computer science and engineering.

Starting in your very first semester, you'll dive into computer science—not only the theory, but the practice. You'll be able to choose a concentration in Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Application Development, or Software Engineering.

Our project-based Computer Science & Innovation major is the perfect head start if you're excited about coming up with new software development concepts and harnessing the complex technology to make them work.

Why Study Computer Science & Innovation at Champlain?

  • This isn't an ordinary computer science degree. In our sequence of Innovation Courses, you explore and learn about the latest trends in software development and engineering—starting in your very first year. 
  • You can choose to focus your computer science major with the concentration that interests you most: 
  • The best way to learn computer science is to do it. With a focus on experiential learning, the Champlain curriculum balances technical theory and classroom studies—encompassing everything from complex software systems to light wireless applications. 
  • Champlain professors are experts in their fields, bringing valuable industry knowledge to the classroom. They're accomplished, approachable, and eager to help you succeed.

After four years of expert-led computer science courses, collaborative software development practice, and hands-on computer programming internships, you'll graduate with an impressive résumé and a bright future.

The Academic Experience

In the Computer Science & Innovation program, you'll learn to develop mobile applications for Android and Apple devices. You'll examine the role of open-source development and contribute to open-source projects. You will also study the importance of software testing, and learn about the software engineering process and methodologies.

Your academic experience will culminate with a capstone project that showcases the skills you've gained throughout the program; recent projects have included applications of machine learning and mobile development to address everyday problems.

You will learn by doing as you:

  • create standalone and connected applications;
  • explore emerging technologies and open-source development;
  • experiment with the untapped potential of the latest technological advances;
  • work with a variety of development tools in different operating system environments (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux); and
  • dive into advanced topics such as emerging languages and AI.

Computer Configuration Requirements and Recommendations

Computer Science & Innovation Majors require laptops with the following minimum specifications for 2024/2025.

  • 12th or 13th generation i5 Intel Microprocessor, Apple M2 Microprocessor, or AMD Ryzen 6000+ mobile series (U series)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • USB-C Video Output Port

Example Models for 2024/2025


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As a Computer Science & Innovation student, you'll choose a concentration in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mobile App Development, or Software Engineering—or you may elect a minor tailored to your interests and priorities. Your faculty advisor will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals.

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Internships are an ideal way to develop your expertise in computer science. Discover the types of work you love, practice professional communication with colleagues, and learn important skills through firsthand experience. Your Career Coach can help you find internship positions that will pair well with your interests and goals.

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Study Abroad

Our Computer Science & Innovation curriculum encourages a semester—or two!—abroad. With a Champlain campus in Dublin, Ireland, and another in Montreal, Canada, you have very easy access to two of the world's greatest tech-focused cities. Aiming to go somewhere else? Your advisors can help you go nearly anywhere in the world while ensuring you meet requirements for your major.

Every programming project I’ve had since the beginning of my college experience has been rewarding. From the simple projects in Introduction to Programming to my Capstone, they have all been the perfect learning experiences and helped me steadily progress toward my career.

Kevin Eaton, Computer Science & Innovation


An Education in Innovation

Extraordinary computer scientists who can envision ideal solutions to difficult technical challenges will always be in high demand in our tech-driven society. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.

Our graduates work with software and app development in diverse fields, such as finance and aerospace. Job placements are outstanding: 100% of traditional Computer Science & Innovation graduates from Champlain's Class of 2019 were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation. Of those employed, 87% are in positions related to their career goals.

You'll be prepared to...

Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

Work effectively as part of a team to develop and deliver quality software artifacts.

Design solutions using approaches that integrate ethical, social, legal, and economic responsibilities.

Explore historical, current, and emerging techniques and technologies, founded on a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

Explore all learning outcomes.

Recent grads are in positions such as:

  • Amazon // Software Development Engineer // Seattle, WA
  • Creative Digital Imaging // Software Developer // Bangor, ME
  • Flashpoint // Software Engineer I // New York, NY
  • General Motors // Software Developer // Austin, TX
  • NASA // Intern // Greenbelt, MD
  • PeerShots LLC // iOS Developer // San Diego, CA
  • Verkada // Cloud Security Engineer // San Mateo, CA
  • Workday // Software Application Engineer I // Pleasanton, CA



The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.


Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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