How to Graduate
Below is a summary of all the requirements for graduation. Be
warned that this document is not official in the sense that the
Bulletin takes precedence over anything stated here.
Total Credit Requirement - 120 credits
You must pass at least 120 credits with a 2.00 GPA or higher. If
you complete a second degree, you must complete an additional 30
hours. In addition, the last 45 hours must be done at Butler (as
opposed to transfer credit; this applies primarily to transfer
students, and not to dual-degree engineering degrees). All credits
earned fulfilling other requirements count towards the 120
Major Requirements - varies
The computer science major is 50 credit
hours (38 credits of CSSE courses, and 12 credits of Mathematics
engineering major is 60 credit hours (47 credits of CSSE
courses and 13 credits of Mathematics courses).
Minor Requirements - varies
A minor is not required for graduation. (Many CSSE students
choose to obtain a minor in Business, Mathematics, or a foreign language.)
Core Requirements - 27 credits
For details, see the core webpage at /core/.
- First Year Seminar (FYS): 2 semesters (6 credits)
- Speech: This is met if you take two semesters of FYS; if you
get transfer or AP credit for FYS, you may be required to take
SH102 (2 credits)
- Physical Well Being (PWB): (1 credit)
- Global and Historical Studies (GHS): (6 credits)
- Division 1. Text and Ideas (TI) (3 credits)
- Division 2. Perspectives in the Creative Arts (PCA) (3
- Division 3. The Social World (SW) (3 credits)
- Division 4. The Natural World (NW) (5 credits)
- Division 5. Analytical Reasoning (AR)
Note that this is fulfilled by the major coursework (MA106 and
- Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR)
This is satisfied by EPICS, which is required.
- Writing Across the Curriculum (W)
This is satisfied by CS485 Computer Ethics, which is required.
- Butler Cultural Requirement: you must attend 8 officially
designated cultural events (an average of one per semester).
Computer Literacy Requirement
This requirement is moot for CS majors.
LAS Language Requirement - 6+ credits
All students must complete at least 6 credit hours at the 200 or
300 level in a foreign language. If you had some foreign language
in high school, take a placement exam (you have nothing to lose).
If your native language is not English, then you can be exempted
from this requirement; ask your advisor for details.
LAS 300-Level Requirement
All students must complete at least 40 credit hours of courses
at the 300 level or higher. All courses for your major or minor
programs count toward this total.