B.S. in Software Engineering


With software applications of enormous size, complexity, and expense now prevalent in diverse domains, software engineering has never been as important a field as it is now. Students gain necessary talents to be successful in today’s organizations, following current industry practices: designing and developing software; understanding and applying software development processes and methodologies in their work; leveraging software development tools used in the various phases of the development life cycle; and functioning as an effective member of a software development team or organization. Students develop their knowledge and skill though high-level electives where they write major projects in diverse areas such as client/server programming for the web, distributed programming for large clusters of processors, database programming, and markup language transformation. While working on modern applications with current software engineering practices such as Extreme Programming, students learn to analyze and apply good algorithms and other relevant tools.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates high median pay and estimates a 17% increase (much higher than average) in the demand for software developers for the period 2014 to 2024.


This Degree was previously known as Software Development.

If you decided prior to Fall 2013 you may use the curriculum for the old B.S. Software Development Degree, which can be found here.

If you decided prior to Fall 2020 you may use the curriculum for the old B.S. Software Development Degree, which can be found B.S. in Software Engineering (Pre Fall 2020).

Practicum Capstone

Six (6) credits taken from one or more of COMP 312: Open Source Software Practicum, COMP 390: Broadening Participation in STEM (Computing, Math & Science), COMP 391: Internship in Computer Science, and COMP 398: Independent Study. See the details of registering in the links for each course. Students are encouraged to complete these credits during junior and senior years to draw on prior experience.

Computer Science Electives

  • 3 credits of COMP 125 or COMP 150 or COMP 3xx
  • 10 credits of COMP 3xx.

See this SWEN-BS Sample Schedule.