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Our B.S. in Software Engineering degree program is built on Bethel's thriving programs in math, computer science, physics, and engineering. You'll gain a broad knowledge base and become a well-rounded thinker while honing specialized skills in programming languages and software-related project management. While similar to our B.S. in Computer Science, the software engineering major specifically focuses on the practical applications and real-world challenges of software development.

Why should I study software engineering?

The field of software engineering is growing rapidly, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 17% national increase in the number of positions by 2024. In our software engineering degree program, you'll benefit from the expertise of highly qualified faculty from many disciplines and a broad base of learning. With business courses and communication concepts—as well as opportunities to complete industry-focused projects with students from a variety of majors—you'll be prepared to thrive in a variety of careers. While our bachelor's degree in software engineering overlaps with computer science, added engineering courses and greater hands-on experience will give you a solid foundation in applied computer science concepts. Bethel's varied computer science majors are symbiotic, and you'll benefit from other students' diverse perspectives and particular interests in shared courses.

What can I do with this degree?

As life and communication move increasingly online, software engineers and technology employees are becoming a vital part of every industry and workplace. From ministry to education, manufacturing to corporate settings, the software engineering major will equip students for success in many roles, including:

  • Software engineer
  • Network architect
  • Senior database administrator
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Technical account manager

Bethel alumni work as software engineers at:

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Parametric Technology Corporation
  • Infinite Campus
  • Spectrum Design Solutions
  • Logic PD
  • St. Jude's Medical
  • Microsoft
  • Thompson Reuters
  • LSS Data Systems
  • Siemens Energy

View a full list of where Bethel math and computer science graduates are currently working.

What skills will I develop?

  • Computer architecture
  • Networking
  • Programming languages
  • Web programming
  • Several major languages, including C/C++ and Java
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer graphics
  • Software engineering
  • Database systems
  • High-performance computing
  • Operating systems
  • Information technology
  • Project management
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Semester-long projects completed with cross-disciplinary groups
  • Competitions in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Membership in Bethel’s ACM chapter
  • Internships for academic credit or to earn income
  • Original research with faculty
  • Communication and business courses to increase hireability

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