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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Software Engineering, B.S.

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Program Director

Dr. Christopher Taylor
Office: L-343
Phone: (414) 277-7339
Email: taylor@msoe.edu

Software engineering applies engineering concepts, techniques and methods to the development of software systems. The software engineering program develops engineering professionals with a mastery of software development theory, practice and process.

Software engineering is based on computer science in the same way other engineering disciplines are based on physical or life sciences. However, it adds an emphasis on issues of requirements, process, design, measurement, analysis and verification, providing a strong foundation in engineering principles and practice as applied to software development.

Software engineering students gain knowledge and skill in all aspects of the software development life cycle, including requirements elicitation and analysis, software architecture, design, construction and verification. They learn to work within and to continuously improve a defined software development process, with the aim of producing high-quality software predictably and efficiently. To provide a basis for this software engineering practice and process, students are grounded in the fundamentals of computer science, including discrete mathematics, data structures, algorithms, computer organization and operating systems.

Program Educational Objectives

The software engineering program is preparing graduates, within a few years of graduation, to:

  • Contribute as a software engineering professional.
    • Apply knowledge of software engineering practice and process.
    • Work within a broader institutional and societal context.
  • Exercise technical and professional leadership.
    • Innovate and improve technologies and processes.
    • Progress in responsibility.
    • Integrate ethical and professional concerns.
  • Develop professionally.
    • Continue to learn.
    • Adapt to changing solution approaches, technologies, and processes.
  • Collaborate effectively.
    • Demonstrate personal accountability.
    • Communicate to a variety of audiences.
    • Display interpersonal skills.
    • Cooperate in and facilitate team work.

Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the software engineering program, graduates will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

An ability to apply continuous and discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, computer science, software engineering practices and processes.

  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

An ability to evaluate the performance of software systems, and to propose and evaluate process changes based on individual and team metrics.

  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

An ability to perform detailed and architectural design of software components and systems while satisfying functional and non-functional requirements.

  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

An ability to elicit and document software requirements, and to propose and evaluate designs and processes to meet them.

  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

An understanding of the critical role played by software systems, the professional responsibilities of software engineers, and ethical issues that may be encountered in engineering practice.

  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues. An awareness of trends in the software engineering discipline and of societal issues that affect software engineering practice.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

An ability to use modern software engineering tools, programming languages and environments, project planning and tracking systems, specification and verification techniques.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Software Engineering Model Full-time Track - V3.2

Year One

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Two


Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Three

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Four


Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits


Total: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits


Total: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits


1BI 102  - Cell Biology and Genetics may be taken in place of CH 200  in Fall of first year.

2 There are 46 credits of elective subjects in the software engineering program that must be taken as follows:

  • 15 credits of humanities and social sciences: 6 credits of humanities (HU), 6 credits of social sciences (SS), and 3 credits of humanities or social sciences
  • 4 credits of an approved science elective
  • 9 credits of approved math and science electives
  • 9 credits of approved program electives
  • 6 credits of approved courses from any area (free electives)
  • 3 credits of approved business (economics/entrepreneurship) elective(s)

Transfer students who have completed 36 quarter or 24 semester credits or more are expected to complete OR 301  Transfer Student Orientation or OR 307S  Transfer Orientation Seminar.

Students in Air Force ROTC may make the following substitutions in the software engineering program: AF 3131  for the business elective and AF 4142  for SS 455  (a social science elective).

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,http://www.abet.org.

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