Software Engineering skills are highly sought in the industry and recent studies suggest that in the following years there will be a ratio of 2 to 1 between demand and supply in the State of Washington alone for graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (BSCS) or in Software Engineering (BSSE). While both degrees share the fundamental courses in computer science and software design, they differ in advanced topics. The BSSE program prepares students for developing and maintaining large and complex software by focusing on advanced courses on software development, software testing and validation, software maintenance, software security, and software management and integration—all specialties of high demand among the State’s computing and IT industries. Thus, in addition to the general Software Developer and Software Engineer jobs, BSSE graduates have access to a larger spectrum of software engineering jobs such as Requirements Engineer, Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, Project Manager, etc. Software engineers typically earn six-figure salaries.
The WSU BSSE in Everett is a two-year, full-time, daytime bachelor’s degree completion program for transfer students. Students attend all lecture and laboratory courses at the University Center of North Puget Sound, which is located on the Everett Community College (EvCC) campus. Courses and laboratories are taught in person by WSU faculty in Everett, via interactive video from WSU Pullman, and online through the University’s nationally ranked Global Campus program.
We will seek accreditation for the BSSE program from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET as soon as is allowed by ABET (which is the time of graduation of the first student from the program). The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science already offers other ABET accredited Bachelor of Science programs. On our ABET site you may read about our program evaluation and accreditation process.
Everett Program Specific Information
WSU Software Engineering faculty have recommended modifications to this curriculum. These changes are in the Washington State Faculty Senate review process. If approved, the proposed changes will more closely align with available community college transfer courses and will be effective fall 2018.
We recommend that all applicants consult with our Everett WSU advisor to discuss specific courses and options for completion of the Software Engineering prerequisites. Please provide your name, phone, and an unofficial transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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