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Fowler School of Engineering

BS in Software Engineering

» Software Engineering

Society runs on software. Software is what makes work, school, health, entertainment and nearly every other facet of life go round.

And it’s software engineers who make it all possible.

Chapman’s Software Engineering program teaches you how to develop and maintain software for any industry and field you can think of. By the time you graduate, you will be ready to join a fast-paced field that’s always growing, always innovating and always imagining the future of tech one app at a time.

Program Overview

In Chapman’s Software Engineering program, you will learn how to:

  • Build user applications
  • Design web apps
  • Develop computer-systems software focused on computing utilities and operating systems

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Where this Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Combine math, computer science and engineering to create useful apps
  • Follow your passions and interests; everyone needs software, so you will be able to work in any industry or field
  • Create applications, services and tools that improve people’s lives

You will also have a career advisor who will help you explore your career options along the way. Computer Engineering graduates can go into roles like:

  • Software engineer
  • Embedded software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Applications developer
  • Systems developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Data engineer
  • Web developer
  • Web designer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Game developer

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Swenson Hall is our brand-new home for engineering at Chapman, where you have access to the facilities and technology you need to collaborate and innovate. Plus, you will get to learn in labs and work with the latest tech and equipment in open study spaces. See more of what Swenson Hall has to offer on our facilities page, or check out the space yourself with this virtual tour:

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Diversity and Affordability

We’re dedicated to making engineering accessible to a diverse group of students. That’s why all applicants are considered for engineering scholarships that range from $3,000 to 100% of tuition and fees.

These awards support promising engineering students who are underrepresented in the field and/or are interested in certain disciplines.

Research Opportunities

Programmers, designers and developers may spend their days immersed in line after line of code, but when it comes to the Software Engineering field, research is key.

Researchers and theorists are making new breakthroughs every day, and staying on top of the latest can help you no matter what you plan to do with your degree.

That’s why we give you the chance to get involved in research and solve real engineering problems in the Grand Challenges Initiative. With guidance from your professors and help from your classmates, who knows what you might discover?

You can get to know our faculty and their research interests on our Research Opportunities page. Feel free to reach out to them anytime if you see something that interests you or have any questions.

ASA DataFest Hackathon

As a Software Engineering student, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple hackathons every year, including ASA DataFest

ASA DataFest is a data hackathon sponsored by the American Statistical Association where you and your classmates will put your skills to the test and work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich and complex data set.

Study Abroad

Take your passion for engineering worldwide in one of our many study abroad programs. Chapman’s Center for Global Education is here to help you expand your horizons and gain a worldwide perspective.

Student Clubs and Organizations

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Chapman is home to a passionate community engineering students, so joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your connections and develop your engineering skills. Plus, you’ll make lifelong friends and colleagues while you’re at it.

Data Analytics Association: This student-run organization will help you connect with a community of programmers and computer-science majors, improve your skills and gain an upper hand in the job market.

Girls Who Code College Loop: Join a supportive community, hone your coding skills and connect with the industry and Girls Who Code corporate partners at exclusive events.

Admission and Tours

Interested in taking the next step? Learn how to apply or check out our transfer prerequisites.

Want to learn more about Chapman? We are always available for tours and information sessions. We’d love to meet you!

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Grand Challenges Initiative

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GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Fowler Engineering.

Keck Center for Science and Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Fowler Engineering and where you will take classes, research and collaborate.

One-Credit Courses

Fowler School of Engineering offers a variety of one-credit courses (298s) on a rotating basis so students can explore a range of areas outside of the core computer science and engineering curricula.