Computer Software Engineering (AS)

From commercial servers to mobile and embedded devices, almost everything we use relies on software.  Our dynamic program will introduce you to the entire software development life cycle, including requirements, design, coding, testing, and deployment in a rigorous, hands-on, programming-intensive experience. You'll master computer programming; website design; networking and system development; and administration and take part in major projects that reflect real-world needs.

Graduates of this program are prepared to make meaningful contributions to a software development group. Typical jobs for graduates might include test, release, or customer support engineers. Students may continue on to the bachelor’s degree, which adds an understanding of software development and significantly more technical depth.

A student with an Associate of Science in Computer Software Engineering will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate fluency in multiple languages, including one object-oriented language and one scripting language
  2. Understand the fundamentals of computer hardware, including assembly language
  3. Develop complete websites
  4. Understand the behaviors and implementation of computer networking
  5. Understand basic principles for developing and deploying high-quality software systems
  6. Manage systems, including UNIX-based computers
  7. Work effectively in a group software development effort
  8. Understand the historical and social context of information technology

All students actively participate in the design and development of a software system and present the results of that effort.

The student, in conjunction with the Department Chair, may develop a sequence of courses to best meet their background and needs that still satisfies the degree requirements. A typical curriculum is shown here.

Careers in Computer Software Engineering

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2018)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Software Developers
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Software Developers, 2016-2026 (source BLS) National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay

2017 Median Pay (Software Developers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'18
  • NTT Data Ringmaster Software
  • Corporation Contact Energy
  • Concept2 Rainworx Software
  • DealerTrack Inc. NewsBank
  • BioRAFT Red Hat Software
  • MIS Systems Corp. Green Mountain Software
  • PieMatrix Bionic Mastering
  • IBM Red River
  • Vermont Technical College CSL Software Solutions Inc.
  • Vermont Information Processing State of Vermont
  • Insurity Marathon Health
  • Aadco Medical Union Street Media
  • Mary Hitchcock Memorial Systems & Software
  • Union Mutual of Vermont UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Vertek Vermont Public Radio
  • Spherion
  • Associate Engineer Software Associate Analyst
  • Associate Quality Engineer Data Remediation Analyst
  • Developer Helpdesk Technician
  • IT Associate Java Programmer
  • Jr. Software Engineer Jr. Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Server-Side Application Software Developer
  • Software Engineer System Developer
  • Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Specialist
  • Test Development Technician Web Designer
  • Engineering Technician

News & Events

Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college ranks first in the state for return on investment, according to a national report published yesterday. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce just released their First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges report, which is... Read More
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More


Grace De Geus

  • Associate Software Engineer, Sensors & Integrated Systems, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems, United Technologies, Vergennes, Vermont
  • Graduated with a B.S. in Computer Software Engineering, 2013


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