School of Engineering and Computing

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.

Curriculum Details

year
3
year
4

Placement Rate

83%

VTC

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84%

NATIONAL

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of  opens in a new window2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (October 2018)

Job Projections

NATIONAL AVG.
2%
Software Developers
21%
That Translates Into

284,100

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2018 - 2028

Projected Employment Growth for Software Developers, 2016-2026 (source  opens in a new windowBLS) National data: Job openings for all occupations (source:  opens in a new windowBLS)

Employers

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

Job Titles

  • 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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