Software Engineering

Software Engineers design and develop large software systems. In addition, they may lead teams of software developers or quality assurance engineers. They also work with users and customers to understand their needs. Software systems we take for granted, such as Microsoft Office, are implemented by software engineers. Software engineers employ innovative software development approaches, such as Agile software development, to effectively manage software development projects.

If you have broad interests, or are interested in applying software to solve practical real-world problems, software engineering may be just the right career for you.

The Software Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET.



SE Majors 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Number of Students 103 111 107 133 173 170
Graduation Numbers 7 14 19 13 23 6
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Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of graduation, alumni of the software engineering program are expected to have:

  1. Demonstrated their ability to be effective members of software development organizations through development of software and/or project leadership.
  2. Advanced professionally by given more responsibilities; and/or have successfully completed a graduate-level degree.
  3. Continued their professional development by staying up-to-date in the field of software engineering.
  4. Served in their professional organizations and/or local communities.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.