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Explore the software engineering bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Software Engineering bachelor's degree program was designed for those who love computers. If you enjoy developing or modifying systems software and hardware, working with computer operating systems and utilities or designing and testing software, this is an excellent career path for you.

Our software engineering program goes well beyond what you might expect to learn in a traditional classroom. You will get the chance to participate in competitions (like hack-a-thons), conduct undergraduate research and network with companies through field trips and career fairs.

You'll also launch into a growing field.

Software engineers and programmers are needed in virtually every sector of the economy, so graduates are in high demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, seven of the ten fastest-growing occupations over the next ten years will be in the information technology field. On the UW-Eau Claire campus, the number of incoming computer science students has nearly doubled over the past two years.

And as the field evolves, so does our curriculum. We're extremely proud of the fact that our computer science department has recently received two grants recognizing our innovative curriculum. The department has also been nominated three times for the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

Senator Tammy Baldwin and Clearwater Labs team members

Students launch software consulting startup

At UW-Eau Claire, you don’t need to wait for life-changing opportunities — you can make them happen. This mentality and institutional support is what led one software engineering student, Alex Stout, to co-found Clearwater Labs, a local software consulting group.

100% student-run, this organization offers technology solutions to area businesses, all while providing real-world educational experiences and industry insight to current Blugold students.

And business is starting to boom. In fact, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin even took notice, saying, “Clearwater Labs is an innovative approach to carrying on our state’s proud tradition of entrepreneurship and advancing 'Made in Wisconsin' science, technology and innovation."

Software engineering degree scholarships

It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that enables everyone to reach their full potential. There are currently thousands of dollars available to students pursuing software engineering degrees at UW-Eau Claire. For example, software engineering students can apply for the Michael F. Fredrich Scholarship, which offers three scholarships ranging from $2,800 up to $8,400. Students can also apply for the Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarship, which awards 15 scholarships of $5,000 to either computer science or software engineering students.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your software engineering degree. 

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick facts

Software engineering program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Student Association for Computing Machinery (SACM)
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
  • Organization for Minorities in Technology (OMTech)

Why software engineering at UW-Eau Claire?

Expert, student-focused faculty. UW-Eau Claire's software engineering faculty have expertise in databases, operating systems, software engineering and web development. Faculty are devoted and eager to collaborate with students on different projects. They know what skills employers are looking for and provide you with what is needed to go above and beyond that.

Interdisciplinary education. In addition to an in-demand degree, you'll also gain skills in a wide variety of disciplines. Explore topics in computer graphics, robotics, computer architecture, computer security, networking, the theory of computation, artificial intelligence and computational science. This wide range of knowledge and experience will set you apart from other job candidates.

Paid or credit-fulfilling internships. Internships available to software engineer majors are paid or apply for credit — and some are even both. The computer science department and the Career Services office work very hard to make sure all students are placed in the right internship for their interests and skills.

Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire's computer science department will empower you with the tools and resources you need to thrive in your educational journey. Four state-of-the-art computer labs with equipment updated every two years ensures you are working with the most recent technology. Students can also take advantage of the Blugold SuperComputer Cluster, which uses the analysis of mathematical models and computer simulations to gain an understanding of physical and chemical systems.

What can I do with a software engineering degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's software engineering students are in high demand by prestigious companies. And thanks to the program's diverse curriculum, you have the flexibility to choose a career path you are passionate about. With a high starting salary potential, our graduates have gone on to see great success in this field. With a major in software engineering from UW-Eau Claire, you're preparing yourself well for a promising future.

Where are software engineering alumni now?

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Software engineering bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's software engineering degree program will teach you all about software design, software development and related areas. Core courses involve object-oriented programming, data structures, algorithms, database systems and web programming. As you progress further into your college career, you'll begin to take advanced courses in software engineering, operating systems, computer architecture and programming languages. Choose additional electives in topics that interest you. Advanced electives range from courses in computer graphics, security, robotics, mobile computing application development and more.

What classes do software engineering majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the software engineering major in the UWEC course catalog

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