Why Study Computer Science or Computer Engineering at Notre Dame?
Graduates of our undergraduate programs are highly sought after by top companies – our placement rate has been at or near 100% for many years.
Our graduates take up careers in the computing industry, the finance industry, large engineering companies, startup companies, consulting firms, medical informatics companies, and government. Others enter doctoral programs at leading universities. Still others pursue startup opportunities, contributing to the burgeoning innovation culture surrounding computer science and engineering.
Our programs do not assume that you come to Notre Dame with any previous experience in programming. You can become an expert software engineer through your time and experience at Notre Dame.
This program focuses on the application of computers to real-world problems, especially in the design, development, and use of software. The program fosters understanding of the key properties of algorithms and how to recognize and design good algorithms efficiently. You’ll also develop the ability to engineer large, efficient, portable and scalable pieces of software that implements good algorithms in ways that are useful to end users. Computer Science Curriculum
This program focuses on understanding the basic nature of the electronic devices that go into the creation of modern computers and on the detailed architecture and organization of such systems, both within the central processing unit and in how larger systems are assembled. Modern design tools and techniques are introduced very early in the program and used throughout to design, analyze, and prototype real digital computing systems. Computer Engineering Curriculum
The courses for the two majors are the same through the sophomore year, and then they differ in the junior and senior years. Changing your major from one to the other is easy up to junior year.
Minors and concentrations
Minors are available through the College of Engineering as well as in other units of the University. The Minor in Engineering Corporate Practice is a career-building collaboration among the College of Engineering, Mendoza College of Business, and the College of Arts and Letters that explores the intersection of engineering and business. The Collaborative Innovation Minor is a five-course sequence that includes design thinking, research methods, visualization and entrepreneurship.
Concentrations (structured sets of elective courses organized around a theme) are available in: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Cloud Computing; Cyber Security; Mobile Computing; and Media Computing.
Research and internships
You’ll have opportunities to conduct research during the semester, either for course credit or for pay. Research is a great way to boost your learning and credentials. Your advisor can help you determine the best path.
There are ample opportunities to find summer internships, including two major recruiting events during the academic year, the Fall Career Expo and the Winter Career Expo. Participating in these events is the easiest way to meet potential employers. ND Undergraduate Career Development
Study abroad and Silicon Valley
The College of Engineering organizes study abroad experiences each summer in London, Rome and many other locations. Students in CSE also can choose Notre Dame’s semester-long program in Ireland at Dublin City University, a tech-focused institution.
Notre Dame’s Silicon Valley Program also is a unique opportunity. Students work for a semester at a start-up in Silicon Valley, the global center of technological innovation.
Student groups and organizations
Extend your learning by engaging with groups such as:
- The Notre Dame Computer Club, the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery;
- The Notre Dame Linux Users Group, which promotes open source projects; and
- CS for Good, a student club focused on applying computing to positive social impact.
Explore many other clubs and organizations for engineering students at Notre Dame.
Prof. Ramzi Bualuan
Director of Undergraduate Studies