What Can I Do With a Major In Computer Science?

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Major Information

Computer Science majors go on to successful careers in business, web and software development, publishing, academics, government, the arts, research, and much more.

Computer science degrees are offered through both the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). CSE offers a Bachelor of Science; CLA offers a Bachelor of Arts in computer science. For more information, contact the Computer Science and Engineering department.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and computer science majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong technical knowledge and analysis skills
  • Computer programming languages
  • Strong diagnostic and problem-solving skills
  • Independent, self-motivated work ethic
  • Information management skills
  • Ability to organize, classify and interpret data

Interest Code: IRE

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized
by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are computer science alumni in all eight of the
career fields).  For more career information for computer science majors, utilize these additional resources:
 
  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
 
Technology, Data, & Analytics

Internships

  • Software Engineer Intern, Media Logic Group
  • Technology Intern, FindLaw
  • Software Engineer Intern, Maverick Software Consulting
  • Software Engineering Intern, Infinite Campus
  • Software Engineer Intern, Brady Corporation
  • Technology Support Specialist, University of Minnesota
  • System Administrator, University of Minnesota
  • Intern, Programming Environment Developer, Cray, Inc.
  • NetBackup Engineer Intern, Symantec
  • Software Engineer Intern, Infinite Campus
  • Information Technology Intern, UNAVSA
  • Software Test Intern, Gambro
  • Software Engineer Intern, Infinite Campus
  • UX/UI Designer, SparkStarter, LLC
  • UI Designer & Product Developer, Real EmPowerment Technology
  • Software Quality Analyst Intern, Pearson VUE
  • Test Automation Engineer Intern, Pearson VUE
  • Full Stack Web Developer, Secret Shopper-Myster Shopping Company
  • Research Intern, Seoul National University Biointelligence laboratory
  • Software Engineering Intern, St. Jude Medical
  • Business Intelligence Developer Intern, UnitedHealth Group
  • Business Analyst Intern, UnitedHealth Group

Entry-Level

  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon
  • Software Consultant, Fishbowl Solutions
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Technology Leadership Program - Software Engineer, Target
  • Software Engineer, Cray, Inc.
  • Programmer Analyst, CH Robinson
  • Technology Development Program Associate
  • Software Developer, T-Metrics, Inc.
  • Software Engineer, General Dynamic Mission Systems
  • Associate Software Engineer, Veritas Technologies LLC
  • Software Engineer Associate, Infor
  • Web Application Developer, The Sportsman's Guide
  • Software Developer, OATI
  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon
  • Information Architect, Thomson Reuters
  • TLP Software Engineer, Target
  • Junior Java Developer, UnitedHealth Group

Experienced

  • Full-Stack Developer, Verisk Retail
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Global Service Desk Analyst, Thomson Reuters
  • Technology Development Program Senior Associate, UnitedHealth Group
  • Project Manager, Target
  • IT Business Analyst, NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • Software Developer, Optum
  • Intranet Governance and Operations Lead, Target
  • Application Developer, UnitedHealth Group
  • Senior Business Analyst, UnitedHealth Group
Business, Consulting, Marketing, & Sales

Entry-Level

  • Creative Director, RaisingSails Marketing
  • Digital Business Integration Analyst, Accenture
  • IT Business Analyst, NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • Business Analyst, Target