A software development degree that encompasses technical issues affecting software architecture, design, and implementation as well as process issues that address project management, planning, quality assurance, and product maintenance.
Students learn principles, methods, and techniques for the construction of complex and evolving software systems. The software engineering program encompasses both technical issues affecting software architecture, designs and implementation, as well as process issues that address project management, planning, quality assurance, and product maintenance. The program has a strong emphasis on teamwork and communication skills. The software engineering coursework maintains a balance between engineering design and software processes in both required and elective courses. As with other engineering fields, mathematics and natural science fundamentals are taken in the early years. A three-course sequence in a domain outside the program’s core requirements allows students to apply their software engineering skills to a variety of fields including science, engineering, and business. Finally, students complete a two-term senior project as the final demonstration of their abilities and preparation for immediate employment and long-term professional growth in software development organizations.
Program facilities equipment
The department provides a variety of facilities where students collaborate on projects, polish their skills, and consult with faculty. Outfitted with the latest hardware and software technology, our facilities reflect our commitment to teamwork, interactive learning, and professional education. From the team rooms to the Collaboration Lab, our facilities are designed to support students and mimic a real-world software development environment.
Program job titles reported
Software Engineer; Software Developer; Software Quality Assurance Engineer; Web Applications Developer; Data Analyst; Software Tester; Database Developer; Software Design Engineer; Software Requirements Engineer; Web Developer; Programmer
Program significant points
- RIT’s Software Engineering Program was the first undergraduate software engineering program in the US.
- The Bachelor of Science degree program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Select program hiring partners
Amazon, Apple, Constant Contact, Datto, Inc., EagleView Technologies, Facebook, General Dynamics – Mission Systems, Google, Harris Corporation, HubSpot, IBM Corp., Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Mitre Corp., Oracle, Paychex, Target, Ultimate Software, Wegmans
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|Full-time Graduate Study||3.00%|
The bachelor of science in software engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Students in the software engineering degree are required to complete three blocks (40 weeks) of cooperative education experience.