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Software Systems Engineering Degree

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Software Systems Engineering

That game you love, the app you’re addicted to, and your favorite photo filter all have one thing in common: A software engineer designed them. Study how these programs are developed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a Software System Engineer concentration from CTU. You can choose one of three programming tracks—Java, C#, or Visual Basic—then immerse yourself in tackling the complex problems and situations that lead to software breakthroughs.

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2019-20291 — much faster than average for other professions.

The BSIT in Software Systems Engineering:

  • Has CTU Fast Track exams available, a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
  • Is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth year in a row*

At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedule helps you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.

US News Best Online Programs - Bachelor's

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

CLASSES START

  • December 06, 2022
  • January 17, 2023
  • February 21, 2023

TOTAL CREDITS

184

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online

Program Details

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  • Program Overview

    The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree program provides instruction in computer system architecture, networking, database and security, as well as broad technical subjects such as programming, network management, system administration, cloud computing, IT system development, project management and ethics. This program has a General Track and three concentrations: Network Management, Security, and Software System Engineering.

    The BSIT program is designed to provide students with a strong technical background as well as analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that enable them to contribute as professionals to a variety of technical roles, which can include planning, designing, developing, integrating, configuring, administrating, and supporting various types of enterprise information systems, ranging from email and any type of data servers, to cloud computing based mission critical business specific IT applications and services, within the various fields of information technology and the high-tech industry.

    This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

    College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Mission Statement

    Through innovative industry-current curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, the College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology empowers students to become motivated, creative, ethical, and skillful professionals who can resolve challenges in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology in order to meet the needs of the digital economy.

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses - General Education
    Credits
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    COMS102 Dynamic Interactions and Professional Presence 4.5
    ELE Humanities Elective 4.5
    ELE Science Elective 4.5
    ELE Science Elective 1 4.5
    ELE Science Lab Elective 1.5
    ELE Science Lab Elective 1 1.5
    ELE Social Science Elective 4.5
    ELE US History/US Government Elective 4.5
    ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5
    MATH109 Introduction to Algebra 4.5
    MATH112 Analytic College Algebra 4.5
    MATH225 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics 4.5
    PHIL101 Introduction to Ethics 4.5
    SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5
    UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5
    or
    HUMELE Humanities Elective
    Total Credit Hours: 66
    Courses - Core
    Credits
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS119 Introduction of Programming 4
    CS126 Unix Fundamentals 4
    CS251 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
    or
    CS250 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
    CS346 User Interface Design 4
    CS362 Structured Query Language for Data Management 4
    CSS150 Introduction to Computer Security 4
    CSS200 Principles of Network Security 4
    EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4
    IT100 Introduction to Information Technology 4
    IT140 Introduction to Operating Systems and Client/Server Environments 4
    IT175 Introduction to Cloud Computing 4
    IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4
    IT225 IT Support Systems 4
    IT304 Computer Networks and Communications 4
    IT326 Network Infrastructure Administration 4
    IT401 Information Technology Architectures 4
    IT415 Business Intelligence 4
    IT425 Systems Analysis, Design and Integration 4
    IT496 ISM Team Project 4
    MPM210 Introduction to Project Management 6
    Electives Select 12 credits of IT related courses 12
    Total Credit Hours: 94
    Courses: Concentration
    Credits
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS455 Software Requirements Engineering 4
    CS457 Software Design 4
    CS459 Software Testing 4
    CSS300 Vulnerability Assessment and Management 4
    IT454 Security Management 4
    SWE410 Software Processes 4
    Total Credit Hours: 24

    Total Credit Hours: 184

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Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

*The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast Track exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (visited January 20, 2021).

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