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Computer Science & Software Engineering

Software Engineering Program

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. 

Major Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 120

You must have at least 120 credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. This total includes all courses such as major courses, core, language, transfer and AP credit, etc.

Major Requirements: approximately 50 credit hours

  • CS151 Foundations of Computing I** 
  • CS252 Foundations of Computing II** 
  • CS248 Object-­Oriented Programming and Data Structures
  • CS321 Computer Organization
  • CS333 Database Systems
  • CS351 Algorithms
  • SE361 Object­-Oriented Design* 
  • CS282 or CS283 EPICS I* 
  • CS485 Computer Ethics* 
  • CS452 Parallel Algorithms
  • CS473 Topics in Computer Science
  • CS435 or CS441
  • Elective: 3 credits hours of CS300+ or SE300+
  • SE411 Internship
  • SE461 Managing Software Development
  • SE462 Modernizing Legacy Software
  • SE463 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • MA106 Calculus I
  • MA107 Calculus II
  • MA162 Probability and Statistics

* SE361 carries C credit, CS485 carries W credit, and EPICS carries ICR credit.

** MA205 Discrete Mathematics is accepted as a substitute for CS151, and MA305 Graph Theory is accepted as a substitute for CS252.

Core Requirements

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core Curriculum (up to 27 credit hours).

LAS Language: 6 credits or more

You must complete 6 credits or two semesters of a foreign language at the 200­-level or above. For details, see the MLLC department page on the requirement.

LAS 300­-Level Coursework

You must complete at least 40 credit hours of coursework at the 300-­level or above. You can count major, minor, and any other courses for this total. 


You are permitted to declare as many majors and/or minors as you see fit. We highly recommend adding at least a minor to your CS or SE major, as this provides a nice complement to your education and looks good on your resume.

Four-Year Course Plan

Below is an example of what your four years as a Software Engineering Major might looks like at Butler.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
  • MA106
  • CS151
  • CS142 (if needed)
  • FYS (Core)
  • Language Requirement
  • MA107
  • CS252
  • CS248
  • FYS (Core)
  • Language Requirement
Year 2
  • CS351
  • CS333
  • GHS (Core)
  • Language Requirement
  • CS283
  • SE361C
  • CS321
  • GHS (Core)
  • Language Requirement
  • MA162
Year 3
  • CS485W
  • CS441 or CS435
  • CS or SE Elective
  • Text and Ideas (Core)
  • CS452
  • SE461
  • Social World (Core)
  • Perspectives in the Creative Arts (Core)
Year 4
  • SE411 (or in the summer)
  • SE462
  • Natural World (Core)
  • CS473
  • SE463
  • Physical Well-Being (Core)


NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.