Software Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: SEBC_BS

Entrance To Major

In addition to the Carnegie unit and minimum GPA requirements described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to any of the engineering majors at The Behrend College must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to applying for entrance to the major and have completed, with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211. These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, a minimum of 126 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-1
Requirements for the Major 101-102

21 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A student enrolled in this major must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CMPEN 275Digital Design Laboratory1
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPEN 271Introduction to Digital Systems3
CMPEN 351Microprocessors3
CMPEN 441Operating Systems3
CMPEN 461Communication Networks3
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
CMPSC 360Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science3
CMPSC 431WDatabase Management Systems3
CMPSC 461Programming Language Concepts3
CMPSC 465Data Structures and Algorithms3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
STAT 318Elementary Probability3
SWENG 311Object-Oriented Software Design and Construction3
SWENG 411Software Engineering3
SWENG 421Software Architecture3
SWENG 431Software Verification, Validation, and Testing3
SWENG 452WEmbedded Real Time Systems3
SWENG 480Software Engineering Design3
SWENG 481Software Engineering Project3
Additional Courses
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
EE 210Circuits and Devices3-4
or EE 211 Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits of technical elective courses from school-approved list9

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Naseem Ibrahim, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Associate Professor
Burke 173
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6184
nii1@psu.edu


Melanie Ford
Advising Coordinator
Burke 211
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6685
mrf11@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Software Engineering at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CMPSC 122*3
CHEM 1111ECON 102 or 1043
CMPSC 1213MATH 141*‡#†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30‡†3MATH 2202
MATH 140*‡#†4PHYS 211*#†4
PSU 71 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100‡†3CMPEN 270* 24
MATH 2503CMPSC 360 or SWENG 311* 23
PHYS 2124EE 210 or 2113
SWENG 311 or CMPSC 360*3ENGL 202C‡†3
General Education Course3STAT 318*3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPEN 351*3CMPSC 431W13
CMPEN 441*3SWENG 431*3
CMPSC 465*3SWENG 421*3
SWENG 411*3SWENG 452W*13
Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3General Education Course3
General Education Courses (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPEN 461*3MGMT 301*3
CMPSC 461*3SWENG 481*3
SWENG 480*3Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3
Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

 

Program Notes

  • Only students who have gone through the entrance to major(ETM) process and have been accepted into this major may register for junior and senior-level courses.
School-Approved Electives for Software Engineering

Technical electives allow students to choose areas of interest to explore. Technical electives come in two flavors, primary and secondary. Primary technical electives are those courses offered to CSSE majors which are not required for the Software Engineering major. Secondary technical electives are offered outside your home department and give you broader latitude. Students must complete at least two primary technical electives, and, at most, one secondary technical elective.
 
Primary Technical Electives

  • Any 300 or 400-level EE course
  • Any 300 or 400-level CMPEN course not already required for the major
  • Any 300 or 400-level CMPSC course not already required for the major
  • Any 300 or 400-level SWENG course not already required for the major
  • GAME 450 – Advanced GAME Programming
  • GAME 480 – GAME Development Project

Secondary Technical Electives

  • SWENG 395 – Internship (Fall/Spring)
  • SWENG 495 – Internship (Fall/Spring)
  • MIS 430 – Systems Analysis (Fall/Spring)
  • MIS 435 – Systems Design and Implementation (Fall/Spring)
  • MIS 445 – Management Report Systems (Fall)
  • MIS 470 – Advanced Applications Development (Spring)
  • MGMT 409 – Project Management for Engineers (Fall/Spring)
  • PSYCH 444 – Engineering Psychology (Fall)
  • ECON 481 – Business Forecasting Techniques (Fall)
  • ECON 485 – Econometric Techniques (Fall)
  • MATH 455 – Introduction to Numerical Analysis I (Fall)
  • MATH 456 – Introduction to Numerical Analysis II (Spring – Even Years)
  • ENTR 430 – Entrepreneurship & New Product Development (Fall)

Software Engineering at World Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CMPSC 122*3
CHEM 1111ECON 102 or 1043
CMPSC 1213MATH 141*‡#†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30‡†3MATH 2202
MATH 140*‡#†4PHYS 211*#†4
PSU 71 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100‡†3CMPEN 270* 24
MATH 2503CMPSC 360 or SWENG 311* 23
PHYS 2124EE 210 or 2113
SWENG 311 or CMPSC 360*3ENGL 202C‡†3
General Education Course3STAT 318*3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPEN 351*3CMPSC 431W13
CMPEN 441*3SWENG 421*3
CMPSC 465*3SWENG 431*3
SWENG 411*3SWENG 452W*13
Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3General Education Course3
General Education Courses (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPEN 461*3MGMT 301*3
CMPSC 461*3SWENG 481*3
SWENG 480*3Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3
Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes:

  • Only students who have gone through the entrance to major (ETM) process and have been accepted into this major may register for junior and senior-level courses.

School-Approved Electives for Software Engineering:
 
Students should contact their academic adviser or World Campus Academic Advising for list of electives.

Career Paths

Software engineering is a relatively young discipline but has great buzz—the field consistently tops Best Jobs lists because it offers great pay, broad and growing demand, and opportunities for advancement. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Students who major in software engineering work as developers, programmers, product managers, quality assurance engineers, network architects, support specialists, database administrators, and information security analysts. Software engineering skills are highly transferable and prepare you for careers in applications development, systems development, web development, and embedded systems development. Recent employers of Penn State Behrend’s B.S. in Software Engineering graduates include Apple, Google, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, and Progressive Insurance.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate study allows you to delve deeper into the subdisciplines of software engineering that interest you most. Examples of master’s-level study include data science, network security, artificial intelligence, systems architecture, applications engineering, requirements engineering, project management, assessment and appraisal, or technical and managerial leadership.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

 The B.S. in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accreditation is voluntary and provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
242 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6153
engineering@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-engineering

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6153
sweng@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-software-engineering-bachelors-degree/overview