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 specialization 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 seventh 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.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- March 30, 2021
- May 11, 2021
- June 22, 2021
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Courses - General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 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 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 66
Courses - CoreCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS126 Unix Fundamentals 4 CS251 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4 CS362 Structured Query Language for Data Management 4 CSS150 Introduction to Computer Security 4 EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4 IT106 Introduction to Programming Logic 4 IT140 Introduction to Operating Systems and Client/Server Environments 4 or IT Elective IT190 Introduction to IT 4 IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4 IT254 Spreadsheet Applications 4 IT401 Information Technology Architectures 4 IT425 Systems Analysis, Design and Integration 4 MPM210 Introduction to Project Management 6 Total Credit Hours: 54
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS230 Data Structures 4 CS346 User Interface Design 4 CS377 Object Oriented Methods 4 CS455 Software Requirements Engineering 4 CS457 Software Design 4 CS459 Software Testing 4 IT151 Introduction to Java Programming I 4 IT152 Introduction to Java Programming II 4 MPM344 Project Risk Management 4 or IT Elective MPM357 Project Performance and Quality Assurance 4 or IT Elective 2 (4) SWE311 The Software Engineering Profession 4 SWE410 Software Processes 4 SWE440 Software Project Management 4 SWE441 Human Elements in Projects and Organizations 4 SWE481 Software Engineering Capstone I 4 SWE482 Software Engineering Capstone II 4 Total Credit Hours: 64
Total Credit Hours: 184
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Ways to Save
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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 depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. CTU Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.
Program details are provided lower on the page.
Classes start March 30, 2021!
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).