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Software Engineering (B.S.)

Software Engineering is the engineering discipline that utilizes a systematic approach to the development, production, operation, and maintenance of software.  The Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering (SE) at FGCU prepares students in the theory and methods of systematic and rigorous construction of software for industrial, scientific and commercial applications.  Software plays an increasingly important role in our daily life. It is a fast growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition, more than 270, 900 new software engineer positions will be created over the 2010 to 2020 period.

Software Engineering students complete core courses including traditional Computer Science courses and specific Software Engineering courses. Computer Science courses include object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, and computer organization and networking. Software Engineering courses include software engineering fundamentals, software requirements engineering, software architecture and design, software testing, and team-oriented senior software engineering projects. Further specialized courses in real-time embedded systems, data acquisition and control, simulation and modeling, intelligent systems, and computer graphics are among the possible SE electives. In addition, students can take electives in computer information systems. Software Engineering students build on general education courses with a significant component in math and physics as prerequisites for upper level courses.

The mission of the B.S. Software Engineering degree program is to:

  • deliver  graduates with a high quality education in engineering and computer science who are well prepared for careers as valuable contributors in application software development, system software development, as well as for further graduate study
  • while providing an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and service oriented environment and curriculum, and
  • valuing diversity and professionalism in our field, and collaboration across the engineering and computing disciplines.

The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering will apply to ABET, Inc. for accreditation of the B.S. in Software Engineering after the first students graduate in May 2015 (a requirement for ABET accreditation).  Total current academic year enrollment in the FGCU B.S. Software Engineering program is 241 students (official institutional numbers for program majors plus pre-majors as of the fall semester of 2013).