B.S. in Software Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering is designed to prepare students for an entry-level software engineering position in industry that supports the design and implementation of software systems with the focus on real-time, embedded, and safety critical applications. Such systems are critical in aviation, space, medicine, and other disciplines that rely on high-quality, dependable software. The objectives of the Software Engineering program are that our graduates:

  • Demonstrate achievements in their chosen profession
  • Contribute to the development of the profession
  • Engage in professional growth
  • Contribute to the welfare of society through service

The curriculum is designed to facilitate accomplishment of these objectives by program graduates. It provides a broad education, including fundamental knowledge about computer software and hardware. It also allows graduates to work in a team environment and to recognize the value of collaborative effort. The program lays a foundation for lifelong learning, professional growth, and ethical and responsible behavior in society.

Cyber-Security Focus

The degree features an optional focus on cyber-security.  Students who select this focus will be prepared to support government and industry’s need for people skilled in software development as well as in cyber-security.

For the cyber-security focus, the technical elective is replaced with CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics (3) and the two open electives are replaced with  CI 450 Computer Forensics (3) and CS 303 Network Security (3).

 Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree can be earned in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. Successful completion of a minimum of 128 credit hours is required. Students entering this program should have demonstrated a competence in mathematics and science (preferably physics). They should be prepared to enter Calculus I, having demonstrated proficiency in algebra and trigonometry. Students can prepare for this program by taking MA 140, College Algebra, and MA 142, Trigonometry, prior to taking MA 241. For those students who have not taken physics in high school, it is recommended that PS 113, Technical Physics I, be taken prior to PS 150. The Software Engineering program is designed to prepare students to work as part of a team on the development of software systems. Software engineering concepts, methods, and techniques are integrated through the curriculum. The curriculum includes courses in general education, math and science, and computing. The latter is divided into computing fundamentals, advanced concepts, applied computing, and software engineering. In addition, a student can acquire a minor or a concentration in a domain area of interest.

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Check the course description section of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing. The B.S. degree requires that students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all CEC, EE, SE, CS, and EGR courses that fulfill any degree requirement.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design 3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
HU 14X Lower-Level Humanities 3
UNIV 101 College Success *** (1)
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
CS 225 Computer Science II 4
CS 315 Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms 3
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
MA 225 Introduction to Discrete Structures 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
SE 300 Software Engineering Practices 3
HU/SS Lower Level Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
CEC 320 Microprocessor Systems 3
CEC 322 Microprocessor Systems Laboratory 1
CEC 470 Computer Architecture 3
CS 317 Files and Database Systems 3
CS 332 Organization of Programming Languages 3
CS 420 Operating Systems 3
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
SE 310 Analysis and Design of Software Systems 3
SE 420 Software Quality Assurance 3
Technical Elective** 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Senior Year
CEC 450 Real-Time Systems 3
CEC 460 Telecommunications Systems 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
CS 415 Human-Computer Interfaces 3
SE 320 Software Construction 3
CS 432 Information and Computer Security 3
SE 450 Software Team Project I 3
SE 451 Software Team Project II 3
Open Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128.0



Embry-Riddle courses in the General Education categories of Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met.  Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Software Engineering vertical outline.


Technical electives include any AE, CE, CS, EE, ES, MA, or PS course above the 300 level or other courses approved by the SE department chair. 


 UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit.

 General Education Electives

Any course in the HU/L series under 300 level
Social Sciences
Lower Level
Any EC/SIS/SS/PSY/RS course under 300 level

Students in the SE program are required to have a C or better in the following prerequisite courses before taking the follow-on courses: CEC 220, CEC 320, CS 125, CS 315, CS 317, CS 420, MA 225, SE 300, SE 310, SE 320, and SE 450.