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 your own operating systems, develop advanced mobile programming, design the effective and efficient back-end database support, and explore other futuristic technologies. Additionally, you'll study open-source development and work in both Windows and UNIX-based environment tools. 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.


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, 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

In their third year, many of the 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. Many Computer Science & Innovation students take courses, such as Global IT and Ethics, where they gain a global perspective on international IT practices and ethics. 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, IBM, Mitre and GE Healthcare. See where our students have interned. 

Employment Outcomes

While at Champlain, many students in this major find 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. Students are also working with software development in diverse fields, such as defense and aerospace. Job placements for Computer Science & Innovation graduates are outstanding. 100% of traditional Computer Science & Innovation graduates from the Class of 2015 are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, and of those employed 100% of them are in positions related to their career goals. Read more about our students' career success.