Bachelor in Software Engineering

University of Central Missouri

Program Description

Bachelor in Software Engineering

University of Central Missouri


The program will be available at both Warrensburg and Lee's Summit campus in Fall 2018

UCM offers the first and only undergraduate software engineering program in the state of Missouri. The program curricula provide hands-on training in software engineering, computing, engineering practice and systems design, and are designed according to the Association for Computing Machinery curricula guidelines. We provide an unmatched education to students in the region, and we're proud of it. With the demand for qualified technical personnel far exceeding the available supply, the opportunities awaiting software engineering graduates are nearly limitless.

What is Software Engineering?

Software Engineering (SE) is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software; that is, the application of engineering to software. Drawing on computing as one of its foundations, software engineering seeks to develop and use systematic models and reliable techniques to produce high-quality software. Students who complete the program go on to careers as software engineers, project managers, designers, consultants or architects who create software.

What will I study?

In this major, you'll study the disciplined engineering practices necessary to specify, build, analyze, test and maintain complex software systems. The curriculum has a balanced coverage of both computer science and engineering topics with emphasis on software requirement engineering, software design and architecture, software testing and quality assurance, software project management, and secure software engineering. Software engineering students gain knowledge and skill in all aspects of the software development lifecycle. 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. Our undergraduate software engineering major will prepare you for professional practice and post-graduate education.

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What are the Differences Between Software Engineering and Computer Science?

First and foremost, Software Engineering is an engineering discipline. 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. Drawing on computing as one of its foundations, software engineering seeks to develop and use systematic models and reliable techniques to produce high-quality software. The study and practice of software engineering is influenced both by its roots in computer science and its emergence as an engineering discipline. Some critical characteristics common to every other engineering discipline are equally applicable to software engineering. They are

  • Whereas scientists observe and study existing behaviors and then develop models to describe them, engineers use such models as a starting point for designing and developing technologies that enable new forms of behavior.
  • Engineers proceed by making a series of decisions, carefully evaluating options, and choosing an approach at each decision point that is appropriate for the current task in the current context. Appropriateness can be judged by trade-off analysis, which balances costs against benefits.
  • Engineers measure things, and when appropriate, work quantitatively. They calibrate and validate their measurements, and they use approximations based on experience and empirical data.
  • Engineers emphasize the use of a disciplined process when creating and implementing designs and can operate effectively as part of a team in doing so.
  • Engineers can have multiple roles: research, development, design, production, testing, construction, operations, and management in addition to others such as sales, consulting, and teaching.
  • Engineers use tools to apply processes systematically. Therefore, the choice and use of appropriate tools is a key aspect of engineering.
  • Engineers, via their professional societies, advanced by the development and validation of principles, standards, and best practices.
  • Engineers reuse designs and design artifacts.

Careers in Software Engineering

Software Engineering job market is booming. Companies across hundreds of industries employ software engineers. Demand for software engineers in the United States and Missouri grows faster than universities can produce graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 58% of total Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs through 2024 in the U.S. are computing related. Among all computing jobs, 26% of the jobs are in software development. In other words, there will be nearly as many openings in software development as there will be in all the branches of traditional engineering combined. The mean salary for software engineer in Missouri is $92,680-$101,450. As a matter of fact, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, recently ranked Software Developer as the No. 1 of the best jobs in America 2018.

Learn more about Software Engineering program at UCM

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Software Engineering Program Coordinator

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Last updated June 7, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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4 years
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15,250 USD
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USA - Warrensburg, Missouri
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