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Computer Science & Innovation Major

Create the technology of the future.

If you can imagine a digital outcome, our Computer Science & Innovation major will give you the tools to create it.

What's happening beneath the screen of your mobile device? Who develops these innovative ideas and makes them happen so effortlessly for the user? Our Computer Science & Innovation major is the perfect head start if you're excited about coming up with new concepts and harnessing the complex technology to make them work.

Why Study Computer Science & Innovation at Champlain?

In addition to core computer science courses, this major covers the latest technological developments. We categorize these cutting-edge classes as the Innovation sequence of courses—an advanced feature of the program that keeps you on top of current trends and teaches adaptability in the face of ever-changing languages and technologies.

With Champlain's unique practice-based approach to learning, your professors balance technical theory and classroom studies—encompassing everything from complex software systems to light wireless applications—with an abundance of experiential work. 



The 2020 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 fifth consecutive year in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.


100% of 2019 Computer Science & Innovation graduates were either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.


A Champlain student's capstone project presentation includes a Champlain app to check dining hall menus, track the shuttle location, and more.


As a Computer Science & Innovation student, you'll choose a concentration in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mobile Application 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.

I was on a research team where we made a port scanner out of a Raspberry Pi ... I was mostly in charge of the scripting for the project, so I was getting to work in Python and do more programming.

Jessica Taylor, Computer Science & Innovation ’21

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.
Featured Student
Victor Alves

Victor Alves, '20

Computer Science & Innovation

Mexico City, Mexico

Featured Student
Joshua Meranda

Joshua Meranda, '20

Computer Science & Innovation

Barrington, RI



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:

  • Global Foundries // Test Development Engineer // Essex Junction, VT
  • Wayfair // Software Engineer // Boston, MA
  • // Software Engineer // Burlington, VT
  • Allscripts // Software Developer // Burlington, VT
  • Blue Sage Solutions // Data Scientist // Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • LogicManager // Associate Software Engineer // Boston, MA
  • Set Point Health // Chief Engineer // Sharon, MA
  • Virgin Pulse // Associate Software Engineer // Minneapolis, MN

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