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BS Software Engineering

Trine Merit PageThe Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering is inclusive of computer programming but is concerned with methodologies, techniques, and tools to manage the lifecycle of software. Students will study more than just programming, they will explore:

  • Cost effectiveness
  • Usability
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Design
  • Reliability
  • Quality
  • Requirements and testing
  • Teamwork
  • Project management

The software engineering curriculum provides students a solid background in both the theory and practice of all phases in the software engineering process.

You will develop skills employers are looking for including analytical skills, communication skills, computer skills, creativity, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and being detail oriented.

Computer Engineering or Software Engineering?

Trine University offers both Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. If you're not sure which one is right for you, consider the following:

Computer Engineering is focused on dealing with designing, developing, and operating computer systems. The major concentrates on digital hardware devices and computers, and the software that controls them.

Software Engineering is centered on building and maintaining software systems. It’s a more software-oriented program and has a greater emphasis on large software applications. The major also highlights the entire software development process, from idea to final product, as well as, applying an orderly approach to help ensure that products are safe and reliable.

Careers that are in demand 

Software engineering prepares students for careers in software development at small and large organizations worldwide. The working environment of software engineers is team based and students will gain experience through interactive experiences in and out of the classroom.

Other job opportunities include careers as computer and information research scientists, software development engineer, computer and information systems managers, data engineer, project manager, computer network architects, information security analysts and web developers.

Additional Information

Below are some job/internship opportunities you can explore while attending Trine:

  • Wright-Patterson Airforce Base–Summer research.
  • Cooper Tire–Computer-controlled manufacturing.
  • DLZ–Multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm.
  • BAE Engineering–Aircraft engine controls
  • Delphi–Integrated circuit fabrication.
  • ITT–Military radio design

Cooperative employmentis formalized in a full-time Trine University course: CO 050 - Co-Op Employment. Students must pre-register for this course before each semester's work assignment.  A co-op experience may also be used for program credits through the course: CO 453 Co-Op Work Experience.  This is a 3-credit course that students may register for in their senior year if they have completed three co-op assignments (including summer) the last term of co-op being within a calendar of graduation. The 3-credit course may be counted in the degree credit hour requirement (132 hours).  Senior students in the 3-credit course are expected to submit a formal report detailing technical aspects of their employment.

For additional information on cooperative education or internships, contact the Career Services office by calling 260.665.4124, careerservices@trine.edu, or visit the Career Services website.

Trine University has offered a minor in software engineering to students interested in learning more about that area for many years. While not a Bachelor degree program until Fall 2016, students have already found careers in the field:

  • Orchard Software Corp., Indiana
  • Ontario Systems, Indiana
  • Epic Systems, Wisconsin
  • Infor Global Solutions, New York

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of 12-19% for similar professions between 2014 and 2022. The field is diverse and students have many choices when exploring career opportunities.

Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.