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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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Grand Challenges Initiative

Students pursuing any B.S. degree in the college must 1) satisfy their First-Year Foundations Course (FFC) requirement by enrolling in a Grand Challenges Initiative FFC section; and 2) enroll in and pass 3 (ideally consecutive) 1-credit Grand Challenges Initiative seminars. Students who enter the Fowler School of Engineering after their first year either by transfer or change of major must seek advising from the Grand Challenges Initiative Program Director to design an individual plan for program participation.

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GPA and Grade Option Requirements

Students pursuing any degree in the college must maintain a 2.000 grade point average in the major and a 2.500 grade point average for all lower-division courses in the major. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade except for those that may only be taken or that have a default grading option of P/NP.

Degree Program Honors

Students must have a major GPA of 3.500 or higher by the conclusion of the term prior to graduation and must have completed a minimum of 120 hours of independent research. Completion of independent research includes the completion of a scientific paper in the relevant scientific field, or an oral presentation to the faculty, or a poster presentation at the Chapman University Student Research Day. Additionally, a vote by the appropriate faculty group that the research and corresponding artifacts were of sufficient quality to merit honors is required. Additional degree program honor requirements, if they exist, are listed under the degree program description.

Transfer Prerequisites

Several majors at Chapman University require and recommend foundation and/or prerequisite courses. To find how your transferable courses at your college match Chapman’s prerequisites, you can use Transferology.

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Master of Science in Computational and Data Sciences

Students completing undergraduate engineering degrees are eligible to complete an additional year of study to obtain an M.S. in Computational and Data Sciences degree in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Computational science is an interdisciplinary field in which computers and mathematics are used to model and simulate biological and physical processes found in the natural world. This graduate degree consists of four areas of study: bioinformatics and computational biology, analytics and applied mathematics, computational economics and earth system science. Graduate courses used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements, may also satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate coursework and may be double-counted towards both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For specific criteria, refer to the Schmid College of Science and Technology’s section of the graduate catalog.

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Fowler School of Engineering applicants are eligible for scholarships that will augment or, in some cases, fully replace the standard financial aid package provided by Chapman University. Scholarships range from an annual $2,000 to 100% of tuition, room and board.

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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.

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Next Steps

Start your journey toward engineering the impossible today.