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.
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 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
- Modeling and analysis
- Requirements and testing
- Teamwork and management
- Domain knowledge of an application area
The Enterprise Program at Michigan Tech finds students of any major working in teams on real projects, with real clients, in an environment that's more like a business than a classroom. With coaching and guidance from faculty mentors, Michigan Tech's 24 Enterprise teams invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions. The teams gain rich experiences in engineering design, team building, project management, and end-to-end original product development.
Husky Game Development: Michigan Tech’s Interactive Entertainment Enterprise designs and develops games for business, education, and fun.
Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) designs, develops, and evaluates interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage.
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 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.
Jobs held by Software Engineering graduates
- Scientific programmer
- Software engineer
- Software quality engineer
- Program manager
- Project leader
- Quality assurance coordinator
- Senior computer applications engineer
- Senior software engineer
- Senior systems analyst
Some employers of Software Engineering graduates
- American Express
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Burlington North Santa Fe Corporation
- Cray Research
- Eastman Kodak
- General Electric
- Lockheed Martin
- SBC Telecommunications Inc.
- Texas Instruments
- US Air Force