Software Engineering Major


About the Software Engineering Major at St. Mary's

Software engineering is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Employment of software engineers is projected to grow 30 percent by 2020.

Image of SE student with his senior design projectVirtually all systems we interact with in our daily lives have software components: computers, automobiles, entertainment systems, banking systems, medical devices, and many more.

The Software Engineering curriculum at St. Mary’s is designed to give students a combined experience of classroom learning and hands-on engineering practice; creating technical leaders who are able to “engineer the greater good” for society. The focus of our software engineering curriculum is on the requirements, analysis, design, construction, testing, and maintenance of software systems.

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Graduates from our Software Engineering program will have prospective employment as software developers in diverse areas, such as data processing systems in business, telecommunications, healthcare, cybersecurity, robotics, gaming industry, and mobile applications.

A Few Possibilities Include:

Image of software codingSoftware Architect. Software architects are able to transform a plan and a set of requirements into something that is programmable and achievable.

They are primarily concerned with the early stages of a software development cycle, including requirements and design although they can be involved in programming as well.

Embedded Software Engineer. From gasoline pumps to living-saving medical equipment, computers and software runs the machines that we interact with everyday − even when they don't look like computers at all. Some people refer to these as "invisible" or "embedded" computers and they are an important part of many different systems.

Cyber Security Manager. These software engineers are concerned with the kinds of software that controls passwords, financial transactions, private information, and more. managers may write security programs or act as an expert and consultant.

Possible Employers
of Software Engineers
Google Microsoft Apple GE
IBM Oracle Rackspace Raytheon
USAA Southwest Research
Boeing and more

Labs and Activities

Electrical Engineering Labs and Facilities

Image from Electrical EngineeringLaboratory facilities are available in the engineering buildings, allowing for basic and advanced laboratory instruction in electronics, digital signal processing, control systems, microelectronics, communications, embedded systems, power, and digital systems.

The research laboratory equipped is with both UNIX and Windows workstations. Learn more about our Engineering Facilities and Equipment.

Student Activities and Engagement

Many engineering majors work as interns in local organizations such as Southwest Research Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Motorola, NASA, City Public Service, and Harris Electronics.

Engineering students also participate in funded faculty research. Many junior and senior students volunteer their time to tutor freshman and sophomore students in mathematics and engineering courses.

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Next Steps

Do you have questions about Software Engineering at St. Mary's? Contact:

Ozgur Aktunc, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Software Engineering

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