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Computer Science – Major

A Computer Science degree from Rose-Hulman will prepare you for a career in many areas of the fast-growing computer industry, as well as for graduate studies in computer science and computer-related fields.

Computer Science Major

  • 112 Required Course Credits
  • 68 Elective Credits
  • 12 Senior Research, Capstone, or Thesis Credits
192 Total Credits

Software Engineering Major

Studying software engineering will give you the ability to create software using a process similar to other engineering disciplines. It allows software to be reliable and developed within time and cost estimates.

  • 124 Required Course Credits
  • 56 Elective Credits
  • 12 Senior Capstone Credits
192 Total Credits

International Computer Science Major

A year of study in Germany will help prepare you for multiple careers in a rapidly changing, global environment and give you a chance to learn about another culture and language. You’ll also learn fundamental concepts and techniques that will last longer than present computer science technology.

  • 130 Required Course Credits
  • 50 Elective Credits
  • 12 Senior Thesis Credits
192 Total Credits

Double Major and Minors

You can double major in computer science and software engineering while staying within the 192 hours required for either degree. The precise set of courses required for such a double major varies depending on whether your primary major is CS or SE. Talk with any faculty member for advice about seeking a double major, or pursuing a minor.

Careers in Computer Science/Software Engineering

Our classes will prepare you for multiple careers in a rapidly changing environment. We emphasize fundamental concepts and techniques that will last longer than present technology.

To learn more about career possibilities for computer science and software engineering majors, check out our Careers Page.

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Software Developer

Software Developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services, or for software publishers. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills. The median annual wage for software developers was $100,690 in May 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for computer network architects was $100,240 in May 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. The median annual wage for information security analysts was $90,120 in May 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


My four years at Rose were not only the best growth experience of my life, but also the most valuable item on my resume.

- Sid Stamm

Computer Science, 2003

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J.P. Mellor

Dr. Mellor, department head of Computer Science & Software Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Technology of the University of the State of New York in 1990. He earned his SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1995, and then his Ph.D. from the same institution in 2000.

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Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803