Software Engineering

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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Computer Science Department

Jodi L. Tims
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
(440) 826-2117


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 engineering­–programming, computer applications, mathematics and database technology. You'll learn to design, analyze and maintain software.

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

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 small team, you will learn to analyze, design, develop, test and maintain large-scale software systems. The projects are mostly from industry partners and give students the opportunity to work on real-world problems. You'll apply strategic thinking, creative brainstorming and problem-solving skills to tackling complex engineering principles.

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Career Opportunities

  • Software engineer/developer 
  • Software architect
  • Applications/systems/web developer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Software tester
Jobs projected to increase by 17 percent

Rapid-Growth Career Field

Software engineers are employed in industrial, scientific, technical and educational settings. The profession is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2014-2024. For local residents, Cleveland is one of the fastest growing technology regions in the nation.

Combined BS/MBA

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.

Expand Your Studies

Students interested in the software engineering major may also be interested in computer information systems, computer network security, computer science and interactive design.


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

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 Catalog

Course Descriptions

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


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:


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


In addition to curriculum-based research opportunities, students can get involved with ongoing research through the Faculty Student Collaborative program.


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 LAN parties and more.

Programming Team

Student teams compete in several intercollegiate programming contests each year.

Cyber Defense Team

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


Rigorous course studies combined with outstanding hands-on learning opportunities, mentoring and peer support make BW STEM Scholars exceptional and transformative for students. Entry into this program is by application only.

Student Achievements

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).

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


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.

Recent BW software engineering are finding success in a variety of careers. 

Sean HemlickSean Hemlick ’15 is software engineer for IBM UrbanCode Products in Cleveland, Ohio. Multiple internships enabled the Uniontown, Ohio, native to interact with customers and apply technical knowledge, experience that he says has given him an edge over others in the field.


Full-Time Faculty

Jodi L. Tims
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Kenneth Atchinson
Associate Professor
M.S., Kent State University

Brian Krupp
Assistant Professor
D.Eng., Cleveland State University

Randy Molmen
Associate Professor
M.S., University of North Dakota

Susan D. Penko
M.A., University of Michigan

Vinitha Subburaj
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Andrew Watkins
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kent, UK

Adjunct Faculty

Lynda Carter
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Nik Molley
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Frank E. Shoemaker
M.C.I.S., Cleveland State University

Susan M. Skowronski
M.S., University of Akron

Michele Snell
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University