Software Engineering

Computer Science Department

Jodi Tims, Chair
(440) 826-2117, jltims@bw.edu

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OVERVIEW

The fast-paced, innovative career field of software engineering offers outstanding opportunities to apply creativity and strategic thinking to complex technology needs that increase productivity, improve systems and contribute to organizational success.

BW's software engineering major is a rigorous program combining comprehensive coursework and labs.

Developed in coordination with leading software companies, the program teaches you the mechanics of effective software design ­– programming, computer applications, mathematics and database technology. You'll learn to design, analyze and maintain software.

It provides a strong foundation for addressing current technologies as well as adapting to emerging ones.

Flexibility is a key part of your studies. You can earn a bachelor's degree or follow a 3/2 format. The 3/2 program enables you to earn both a bachelor's and an MBA degree in five years.

A required internship provides real-world experience and resume-enhancing benefits. BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities.

Also impressive is a two-semester required capstone experience. Working with a team, you'll analyze, design, develop and test a large-scale software system. You'll apply strategic thinking, creative brainstorming and problem-solving skills to tackling complex engineering principles.

Rapid-growth career field

Software engineers enjoy excellent career opportunities. They are employed in industrial, scientific, technical and educational settings. The profession is expected to increase by 32 percent through 2018 ­– much faster than the average for all occupations. For local residents, Cleveland is one of the fastest growing technology regions in the nation.

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major and a minor, software engineering prepares you for immediate employment and graduate programs.

An optional five-year BS/MBA program combines a computer science major with a minor in business administration and an MBA degree. This program prepares graduates for positions in computer and information systems management that require a strong technical background, good communication skills and in-depth understanding of the business world.

The common core of all the programs in BW's computer science department includes programming and problem solving, as well as exposure to the mathematics, computer architecture, paradigms and the theory that underlie the computing discipline.

There is a required capstone internship.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's computer science program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Internships/Field Experiences

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to technology firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students often secure internships early in their academic careers, sometimes as soon as the summer following freshman year. Most students have multiple internships prior to graduation.

Independent Study

Independent study offers students enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Research

In addition to curriculum-based research opportunities, students can get involved with an ongoing research group, Computing Research at BW.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster skills in leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

ACM Student Chapter
This computer club sponsors the annual Baldwin Wallace University High School Programming Competition each April, hosts speakers and organizes several social events, including a LAN party and more.

Net SIG
This organization is comprised of students interested in network issues. They meet regularly with a faculty member to discuss topics of interest and work on special projects related to computer networks. They compete in an off-campus security competition during spring term.

Programming Team
Student teams compete in several intercollegiate programming contests each year.

Cyber Defense Team
Members of this group compete in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Software engineering students are regularly recognized for their achievements. The UPE National Computer Science Honorary is a national organization for juniors and seniors who have excelled in their computer studies.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • The Anthony and Patricia Lauria Scholarship in Computer Science and Information Systems (in honor of Dr. Anthony Lauria, a professor of mathematics and computer science 1984-2002, and Patricia Kirby Lauria '91).
  • The Charles and Elsie Little Scholarship (honoring the parents of Dr. Richard Little, professor of mathematics 1975-2013).
  • The Lubrizol Computing Award (funded by the Lubrizol Foundation).
  • Outstanding Computing Student Award (in honor of Kenneth Weiss, Jr. who taught at BW 1972-2010).
  • Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize a student in each of the computing majors.
  • The Sullivan/Schmidt Prize for Computing (in honor of Chris Sullivan, who was an administrator/adjunct faculty member, and his grandparents).
  • The Robert Schlea Mathematics Scholarship (in honor of Robert Schlea who taught at BW 1957-1991).

Study Abroad Boosts Career Marketability
The opportunity to experience another culture and gain an international perspective is invaluable to your professional development and will add to your career options. Benefits include:

  • Understanding computing issues from an international perspective
  • Expanding cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Preparing for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Broadening academic horizons
  • Improving language skills (although most classes are taught in English)
  • Experiencing a different culture
  • Building an international network of contacts

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.