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Computer Science & Software Engineering

Butler’s Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) programs offer you a close working relationship with faculty, the rigorous curriculum and premier resources of a dedicated tech school, a broad-based liberal arts education, and a record of almost 100% job placement after graduation.

As a Computer Science major, you learn programming and problem-solving techniques. You’ll study math, databases, computer architecture, programming language structure, and object-oriented design, preparing you to work in database or systems administration, online and mobile development, and more. You even have the option to complete the degree in three years, getting a jump start on your career. 

See yourself collaborating with others to build large software systems? Then Software Engineering is the major for you. You’ll explore design, development, requirements engineering, testing and quality assurance—all skills wanted by companies ranging from local startups to major defense contractors or medical software companies and everything in between. 


Learn by Doing

Immerse yourself in computing through faculty-guided research, internships, and Association for Computing Machinery student chapter activities like programming contests and game nights. 

Career Ready

As a Butler Computer Science or Software Engineering major, you’ll be prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Top U.S. and international companies employ our graduates.

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Butler’s location in metropolitan Indianapolis ensures multiple internship opportunities for CSSE students, with companies such as Angie’s List and Raytheon. Some have interned overseas. Students often receive job offers from companies where they’ve interned well before graduation.


Housing for veterans and research on canine cancer are two of the charitable causes receiving software and database support from student teams in our service-learning program Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)

Research with Big Dawg Supercomputer

Undergraduates can access the parallel computing power of Butler’s Big Dawg cluster supercomputer for coursework and high-level research with faculty. Many CSSE students enhance their graduate school chances by pursuing research during the Butler Summer Institute.

What You’ll Study

Like all CSSE students, you’ll begin with foundational math problem solving and programming classes, before specializing in upper-division courses. Butler’s flexible liberal arts curriculum allows many of our students to add a second major or minor that will give them a marketplace advantage. Popular choices are music, mathematics, media arts, a foreign language, or the Butler University/IUPUI dual-degree engineering program.