College of Computing

A top-rated profession—software engineers design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware—to name just a few of the many options for this rewarding career.

Software Engineering—BS

Prepare yourself to create the next generation of software systems. A bachelor's degree in software engineering from Michigan Tech will help you secure a place in the future of this top-rated profession.

Software engineers design and develop software applications and systems in a team environment. At Michigan Tech you'll have plenty of opportunities to hone your ability to work well with teams in classes, labs, and in the Senior Design or Enterprise programs.

Software engineering was named the best job of 2012 by CareerCast.com, based on work environment, physical demands, outlook, income, and stress. And the hiring outlook for software engineers is favorable. US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities in the field of software engineering will continue to expand through 2022—a bachelor's degree will be a prerequisite for many of these positions.

The Foundation

The College of Computing curriculum provides a foundation in computer science during the first two years, and specialized training for software engineers, focusing on both the practical and technical sides of software:

  • Cost effectiveness
  • Usability
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Design
  • Reliability
  • Quality
  • Requirements and testing
  • Teamwork and management
  • Domain knowledge of an application area

Program Learning Goals

Goal 1: Students will be able to identify ethical issues related to the development of computer software.

Goal 2: Students will be able to design a software product to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.

Goal 3: Students will be able to plan and coordinate a team effort to develop a substantial software product.

Goal 4: Students will be able to precisely identify and formulate software problems.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities in software engineering are driven by the technologies in many application areas including automobiles, aviation, data management, telecommunications, food production, factory control, robotics, pharmaceuticals, defense, toys, security, biomedical instrumentation, and sound design. You might choose to design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, or middleware.

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