Explore the software engineering degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Do you love computers? Have you ever wanted to develop and/or modify computer systems software and hardware? Would you love to work with computer operating systems and utilities? If any of these questions intrigue you—consider a bachelor's degree in software engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire! 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 majors has nearly doubled over the past two years.

Our software engineering degree program offers amazing opportunities that go beyond the 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 specifically for computer science majors.

Software engineering major scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently thousands of dollars available to students pursuing software engineering degrees at UW-Eau Claire.

Software engineering scholarships

UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. An example of that is the Michael F. Fredrich Scholarship. This scholarship offers $8,900 to a student who has declared major in either biology, chemistry, computer science, materials science, geology, geography or physics, and astronomy, and be a sophomore or above. It is our goal to help students feel empowered with the right tools they need to reach their full potential.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of 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
  • Availability: Campus
Student organizations
  • Student Association for Computing Machinery (SACM)
  • Women in Information Technology Systems (WITS)

Software engineering program highlights

Student-focused faculty and collaborative learning. UW-Eau Claire's computer science faculty have expertise in databases, operating systems, software engineering, and web development. Our faculty are devoted and eager to collaborate with students on different projects. As a software engineer major, you will also get the opportunity to explore computer graphics, vision, robotics, computer architecture, computer security, distributed systems, networking, theory of computation, artificial intelligence and computational science. The department has also received two grants from the National Science Foundation in the last six years in recognition of its innovative curriculum and has been nominated three times for the UW System Outstanding Teaching Department. 

High-impact and experiential learning opportunities. At UW-Eau Claire, we want to empower students with transformative learning experiences. The internships available to software engineer majors are paid or apply for credit, and some are 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. UW-Eau Claire's computer science students are in high demand by prestigious companies: The department has a 100% placement rate for internships with a $20.00 hourly wage, and each senior on average receives 2.5 job offers with a starting salary of $60,000.


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What jobs can you get with a software engineering degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's software engineering degree program will provide you with the flexibility to pick a career path that you are passionate about. With a high starting salary potential of around sixty thousand dollars, our graduates have gone on to see success in this field. You may start off writing code, but eventually, you could become a software architect or chief technology officer. By choosing to major in software engineering from UW-Eau Claire, you're preparing yourself for a promising future.

Software engineering careers

What I liked best about the computer science program was how it wasn't focused just on technology itself, but concepts and thinking. It gave me a broader perspective on how things can be solved generally.

Sawyer Butterfield | comprehensive computer science major alum

Software engineering bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's software engineering degree program will teach you all about software design, development, and related areas. You will get to complete the core computer science courses involving object-oriented programming, data structures, algorithms, database systems, and web programming, as well as advanced courses in software engineering, operating systems, computer architecture, and programming languages. Our program also allows you to select from advanced electives in topics such as computer graphics, security, robotics, and mobile computing application development. As a software engineer major, you must also complete a 24 credit minor in some other discipline to satisfy graduation requirements.

Graduation requirements for a software engineering degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Software Engineering Core Courses (39 credits)
Elective Courses (3 credits) OR
Research in Computer Science (6 credits)

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Top classes for software engineering majors

Computer systems
Database systems
Programming languages
Computer networks
Computer graphics

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