NDSU will offer a new high-demand software engineering major

(Fargo, ND) – A growing area of ​​need is getting some attention, courtesy of NDSU.

The college is expected to offer a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering starting in fall 2023. The program will be a joint offering of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“In recent years, the demand for software engineers has increased dramatically in the United States. These positions require expertise in software design and hardware design principles,” said Ben Braaten, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The degree program is a great mix for careers in engineering, software development, cybersecurity, web development, mobile app development, and gaming, to name a few.”

There have been 1,509 software engineering-related job openings in the past 12 months in North Dakota, according to data available through Hanover Research. Employment in the discipline is expected to grow by 19% over the next 10 years.

Software engineering involves the application of approaches to the development and maintenance of software systems. The degree is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career as a software engineer or software developer.

The NDSU curriculum will include courses in computer science and electrical and computer engineering, as well as relevant training in mathematics.

“Software engineering is a sub-discipline of computer science focused on the software development process that includes requirements analysis, design, implementation and testing,” said Simone Ludwig, professor and holder of the chair of computer science. “In the software engineering program, we will have two tracks – one called the systems programming track, which focuses on embedded systems, and the application development track, which focuses on methodologies, techniques and tools to manage the software development lifecycle.”

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in software engineering could pursue related careers with average annual earnings in North Dakota between $75,400 and $143,800.

Gordon K. Morehouse