Computer Software Engineering (BS)

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 develop programming expertise and experience significant technical depth in multiple areas. Typical jobs for graduates include test, release, or customer support engineers.

In addition to the student outcomes included in the associate program, a student with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Software Engineering will be able to:

  1. Understand the behaviors and implementation of computer networking
  2. Develop systems that utilize computer networking
  3. Understand the requirements for developing and deploying high-quality, large-scale software systems
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate a user interface for a computer system
  5. Understand the concepts and practice of relational databases
  6. Understand the security issues surrounding information technology and the appropriate tools and techniques to safeguard that security
  7. Understand the workings of modern operating systems, both in theory and in practice
  8. Work with an operating system using administrative tools
  9. Demonstrate significant technical depth in areas approved by the Department Chair
  10. Understand the professional, historical, and social context of information technology and make reasoned judgments about the social and ethical implications of their actions

All students actively participate in the design, development, and evaluation of a sizable software system and present the results of those efforts.

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 Corp.
  • Contact Energy
  • Red River Rainworx Software
  • DealerTrack Inc. NewsBank
  • BioRAFT Red Hat Software
  • MISys Inc. Green Mountain Software
  • PieMatrix Bionic
  • IBM 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 Washington County
  • Supervisory Union
  • Associate Analyst Associate Engineer Software
  • Associate Quality Engineer Data Remediation Analyst
  • Developer Helpdesk Technician
  • IT Associate Java Programmer
  • Jr. Software Engineer Jr. Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Server-Side Application Developer
  • Software Developer Software Engineer
  • System Developer Technical Support Engineer
  • Technical Support Specialist Test Development Technician
  • Web Designer Web Developer
  • Digital Retail Implementation Specialist

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Allison Miller

  • Software Developer, Logic Supply, South Burlington, Vermont
  • Graduated with a B.S. in Software Engineering, 2010


  • Craig A. Damon

    Associate Professor & Department Co-Chair

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