Software Engineering (B.S.)

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
Department of Bioengineering and Software Engineering
(239) 590-7390

2015-2016 Catalog Year

The Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering prepares students in the theory and methods of systematic and rigorous construction of software for industrial, scientific, and commercial applications.

Software engineering concerns the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of software. Software engineers design and develop many types of software, including business applications, embedded systems, computer games, operating systems, and networks. According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software engineers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average.

The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering will apply to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. for accreditation of the B.S. in Software Engineering after the first students graduate in May 2015.

The FGCU B.S. Software Engineering degree program will produce graduates who:

  • successfully enter chosen careers in application software development, system software development, and/or graduate studies,
  • practice life-long learning in their professions, adapting to the rapidly changing technological world.

Program Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal acceptance into a U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) major. As pre-majors, students may enroll in lower level (1000-2999) courses to satisfy General Education and Common Program Prerequisite requirements and lower level electives.

Admission to Florida Gulf Coast University does not guarantee acceptance into a WCE major. Students are accepted into a WCE major upon satisfaction of the following: admission to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing; attendance at a Freshman Transition Workshop or Transfer Student Orientation session; and completion of Calculus I with a grade of C or higher.  Exceptions may be made for AP/IB credit with approval of the WCE Academic Advisor.


Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites (pending approval by the Articulation Coordinating Committee).
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: COP 1500 Intro to Computer Science (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: COPX000

    FGCU Course: COP2006 Introduction to Programming (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: COP X250, COP X253, or COP X800

    FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311

    FGCU Course: MAC 2312 Calculus II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX312

    FGCU Course: PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)
    FGCU Course: PHY 2049C Gen'l Physics w/Lab II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: [(PHYX048 and PHYX048L)] and [(PHYX049 and PHYX049L)] or (PHYX048C and PHYX049C)

    FGCU Course: STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3) or STA 2037 Statistics with Calculus (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: STAX023 or STAX037

    Math/Science Electives (7-8 credits) from the following:
    FGCU Course: BSC 1010C Gen'l Biology I w/Lab (4)
    FGCU Course: BSC 1011C Gen'l Biology II w/Lab (4)
    FGCU Course: CHM 1045C General Chem w/Lab I (4)
    FGCU Course: CHM 1046C General Chem w/Lab II (4)
    FGCU Course: MAC 2313 Calculus III (4)
    FGCU Course: MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3)
    FGCU Course: MHF 2191 Mathematics Foundations (3)

  3. Required Courses in the Major (45 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    CDA 3104 Comp Org'n Assem Lang Prog (3)
    CEN 3031 Software Engng Fundamentals (3)
    CEN 3078 Software Security (3)
    CEN 3073 Software Specifications (3)
    CEN 4072 Software Testing (3)
    CEN 4065 Software Architecture & Design (3)
    CEN 4935 Senior Software Engr Project (3)
    CNT 4104 Software Proj Comp Networks (3)
    COP 2001 Programming Methodology (3)
    COP 3003 Object-Oriented Programming (3)
    COP 3530 Data Structures & Algorithms (3)
    COP 3710 Intro to Data Engineering (3)
    COP 4610 Operating Systems (3)
    EGN 3641C Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)
    MAD 3107 Discrete Mathematics (3)

  4. Restricted Electives (12 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select 12 credits from the following:
    BME 3506C Circuits for Bioengineers (3)
    BME 3507C Signals Syst Bioengineers (3)
    CAP 3611 Computation & Neural Systems (3)
    CAP 4730 Computer Graphics (3)
    CAP 4830 Simulation & Modeling (3)
    CDA 3200 Digital Systems (3)
    CDA 4150 Computer Architecture (3)
    CDA 4170 Data Acquis & Control Systems (3)
    CEN 3213 Embedded Systems Programming (3)
    COP 2550 Programming Systems (3)
    COP 4908 Independent Study (3)
    COP 4931 Special Topics in Computer Science (3)

    See college advisor for approval of additional courses.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 48 credits at the upper division (3-4000 level).
  • Complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 credits at FGCU, including 12 credit hours in the major.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 10/9/2015.