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Fowler School of Engineering

» Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Once an unfortunate cost of doing business, software is now an ever-present focus at the center of almost every device we use. Build and maintain complex software ecosystems using industry best practices across the development lifecyle.


Our Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering teaches you how to develop and maintain software systems that behave reliably, efficiently and satisfy all user requirements. With the growing impact of large, expensive software systems and the importance of safety-critical applications, this field is evolving and seeks to integrate principles found in mathematics and computer science with engineering practices.

Employment of software engineers is increasing at a faster rate than the national average for all other occupations. U.S. News and World Report has ranked software developer as the #1 "Best Job" for the last two years (2018 and 2019), as well as #1 in "Best STEM Jobs" and #1 in "Best Technology Jobs" for 2019. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30.7 percent employment growth for software developers between 2016 and 2026.


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Possible Careers

With technology dispersing into more and more fields, current students and graduates can work in aerospace to transportation to energy. Graduates are exposed to leading development tools and have taken lead industry positions as software engineers in companies like Boeing, Google, Facebook and Northrop Grumman. 

Applications Developer
Develop and build applications software focused on user-facing problems.

Systems Developer
Develop and build computer systems software focused on computing utilities and operating systems.

Web Developer
Design software or applications that run in a web browser.

Student Outcomes

Working Across Boundaries

"We educate students who can communicate well, people who work across boundaries very well. The engineers we put out know how to talk to people who aren’t engineers and scientists."

—Dean Andrew Lyon, Ph.D.

Read about our goals for the future of engineering at Chapman »

Student and Alumni Achievement »

Next Steps

Start your journey toward engineering the impossible today.