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COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

CSSE is a gateway to one of the most in-demand sectors in the job market. From the software in cell phones to the 50-plus microprocessors in the average car, computer science and software engineering play a critical role in improving the quality of life of everyone.

You'll love CSSE

You'll get hands-on experience as you apply theory to practice in one of our state-of-the-art computer labs. And, to help you adjust to college life in your first year, you'll be assigned a sophomore, junior, or senior mentor to ensure you succeed. While you're at it, check out our cyber-defense or robotics teams or look into our study abroad program in Germany.

Our grads have nearly 100 percent career placement soon after Commencement and earn some of the highest salaries of any of our alumni. Whether your focus is computer security, big data, video games or something else, you've found a home in the computer science and software engineering department.

Learn about program accreditation here.

Majors & Minors

We offer majors in Computer Science, Software Engineering and International Computer Science, which includes a year of study in Germany. 

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Computer Science

Computer Science prepares you for careers in all areas of the computer industry and for graduate studies in computer science and computer-related fields.

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Software Engineering

Software engineering is the creation of software using a process similar to other engineering disciplines. It allows for software to be reliable and developed within time and cost estimates.

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Study in Germany

With a year in Germany, a degree in International Computer Science prepares you for all areas of the computer industry or grad school.

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

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more in Computer science & Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman.

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Student Ingenuity on Display in Projects at ‘The Rose Show’

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‘The Rose Show’ to Feature Student Projects

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Tomorrow’s Tech Brings Solutions Today in Computer Science, Software Engineering

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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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Contact Us

Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
812-877-8402
degler@rose-hulman.edu

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