School of Engineering and Computing

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.

Curriculum Details


Placement Rate






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Job Projections

Software Developers
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  • Aadco Medical
  • Bionic Mastering
  • BioRAFT
  • Concept2
  • Contact Energy
  • CSL Software Solutions Inc.
  • DealerTrack Inc.
  • Green Mountain Software
  • IBM
  • Insurity
  • Marathon Health
  • Mary Hitchcock Memorial Systems & Software
  • MIS Systems Corp.
  • NewsBank
  • NTT Data
  • PieMatrix
  • Rainworx Software
  • Red Hat Software
  • Red River
  • Ringmaster Software Corporation
  • Spherion
  • State of Vermont
  • Union Mutual of Vermont
  • Union Street Media
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Vermont Information Processing
  • Vermont Public Radio
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Vertek

Job Titles

  • 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

Chris Farnsworth

  • I’m working full time while completing my master’s degree.
  • I received a fellowship from NASA.
  • I’m working on the Lunar IceCube satellite project.
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Allison Miller

  • I was among my program's first seven graduates.
  • After graduation, I was hired immediately where I had my internship!
  • I always get a positive response from employers when they see Vermont Tech on my resume.
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