Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Program Contact: Jonathan Blake  203-582-8539

Computers are ubiquitous, and thus so is the code to run devices, applications and even the machines themselves. The most complicated artifacts built by humans are software systems, and software engineers design and develop these systems. Using cutting edge engineering principles and practices in a hands-on team-oriented environment, software engineering students learn how to build the code of the future.

Through exposure to the University Curriculum, foundational course work in science, mathematics, major field courses and extracurricular activities, students graduating with a BS in Software Engineering achieve intellectual proficiencies in critical thinking and reasoning, scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, information fluency and creative thinking and visual literacy. They also achieve interpersonal proficiencies in written and oral communication, responsible citizenship, diversity awareness and sensitivity and social intelligence.

BS in Software Engineering Curriculum

Note: a minimum grade of C- is required for all computer science and software engineering course prerequisites, unless otherwise stated.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 205Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
Take one of the following Natural Science courses 14
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
University Physics
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 29
Personal Inquiry I:
Take a second Natural Science course 14
Take two additional courses from within Humantieis, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 26
Personal Inquiry II:
The World of an Engineer
Calculus of a Single Variable
Take an additional 2 UC credits (some of the Additional Requirements below could count)2
Additional Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts 36
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Additional Requirements 4
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Additional 13 credits of Mathematics and Science13
Any Science Elective excluding courses designated as "non-science majors"
Mathematics elective from the following list
Integral Calculus With Applications
Calculus II: Part A
Calculus II: Part B
Linear Algebra
Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics
Theory of Computation (CSC 315)
Cryptography (CSC 318)
Numerical Analysis (CSC 361)
Mathematical Modeling
Or any Mathematics course with content beyond MA 141 with Program Director approval
Software Engineering Courses
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
CSC 111
Data Structures and Abstraction
and Data Structures and Abstraction Lab
CSC 215Algorithm Design and Analysis3
SER 120
Object-Oriented Design and Programming
and Object-Oriented Design and Programming Lab
SER 210Software Engineering Design and Development3
SER 225Introduction to Software Development (CSC 225)3
SER 305Advanced Computational Problem Solving3
SER 320Software Design and Architecture3
SER 330Software Quality Assurance3
SER 340Software Requirements Analysis3
SER 350Software Project Management3
SER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
SER 491Senior Capstone I3
SER 492Senior Capstone II3
CSC Elective CSC 210 or any CSC course at the 300-level or above 53
SER Elective: Any two additional SER courses at the 300-level or above6
Total Credits118

Student Learning Outcomes

Attainment of the following outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives

Within four to seven years of graduation, Software Engineering majors are expected to:

  1. Be seen as models of ethical behavior in their profession and community.
  2. Achieve sustained employment in a professional field and/or pursue additional educational opportunities.
  3. Continue lifelong learning as they develop professionally and maintain currency with software engineering knowledge and skills.
  4. Demonstrate professional and personal growth through leadership and mentoring roles.

Admission Requirements: School of Engineering

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Engineering programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.