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Software Engineering

The Utah State Board of Regents approved Snow College’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Software Engineering effective Fall Semester, 2017. The degree will include three areas of emphasis which students may choose: Entrepreneurship, Digital Media Design, and Web Development.

The demand for skilled and qualified software engineers has no end. This demand is fostered by a transforming economic landscape, driven by the need for computing technology solutions. With the advent of the Internet of Things, smart cities, green technology and big data, all industries are quickly becoming technology industries.

With such unprecedented growth in a multitude of fields, software engineers can pursue careers in any number of areas, including technology, healthcare, automotive manufacturing, green energy, remote sensing, aeronautics and finance. New jobs like automotive embedded software engineer, health informatics engineer and financial software engineer are becoming more commonly seen as each of these industries continue to expand.

Software engineering provides a student with knowledge regarding the software development process and how to apply this as an engineer. Computer science prepares a student for abstract problem solving and research on the development of computer technology.

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Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Program Description 

The Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree prepares software engineers: collaborative professionals working on a team to develop software products on time, within budget, and that meet customer requirements. Graduates of this program will possess the practical knowledge and skill of a defined engineering approach for complex systems analysis, planning, design and construction. The coursework builds upon computer science fundamentals and mathematical principles to cover the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, deployment, and maintenance of software systems.

There is often confusion regarding the differences between computer science, software engineering, and IT/IS.  The following diagram from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) provides insight into the relationship between each of the areas. 

 SE difference

Figure 1: ACM Computing Curricula 2005 Overview Report 

Electrical Engineers (EE) are primarily involved with hardware design, while Computer Engineers (CE) design systems that include both hardware and software. Computer Science (CS) covers the concepts and technology involved with how to make a computer do something (graphics, robotics, etc.), and software engineering (SE) focuses on how to design and build software. There is significant overlap between computer science and software engineering and the intersection between the two is often programming; however, there is a key difference. Computer scientists test theories and work at the edge of the unknown. Software engineering is an engineering discipline. Engineering starts with knowledge that has already been proven reliable and develops solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems. Information Technology (IT) and Information Services (IS) are focused on delivering technology solutions to an organization.

The Snow College Software Engineering program provides students with an educational experience that builds upon traditional computer science and engineering and produces software engineers that create high-quality software in a systematic, controlled, and efficient manner. This is accomplished in the following ways:

The software engineering curriculum culminates in a year-long capstone sequence where the students work in teams to build a software system reflective of current practices in the industry. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in internships prior to and during enrollment in these capstone courses in order to gain direct industry experience and insight before embarking upon their own projects. Snow College will be partnering with businesses to develop these learning opportunities that will provide students with industry relevant experience.

The Snow College Software Engineering program prepares students to enter the software engineering profession immediately or to go on to pursue advanced educational opportunities. The first two years of the program are also compatible with transfer to an institution offering a degree in computer science.

Admission

Any student admitted to Snow College can begin the Software Engineering program and be classified as pre-major status.  Students must apply to be admitted as a Software Engineering full-major.  Full-major status is required to enroll in upper-division Software Engineering courses.  Applications for the Software Engineering full-major can be submitted anytime.  Candidates will only be considered for full-major status after completion of the pre-major coursework.  Selection of candidates for full-major status will be determined by the review committee and will take place after January 31st each year.  Students will be notified of their status by March 15th.  Selection will be based on the following criterion:

Candidates from underrepresented populations will be given special consideration.

The procedure to be admitted as a Software Engineering full-major:

  1. Get admitted to Snow College (http://www.snow.edu/admissions).
  2. Declare your major as Software Engineering.
  3. Successfully complete the pre-major coursework:
    • CS 1410/1415
    • CS 2420
    • CS 2700
    • MATH 1210
  4. Apply for full-major status.