Software Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Software engineers ask questions such as: How can the software development process be streamlined? What new measures can deter hackers? How can the security of e-commerce transactions be improved?

Software engineers use their specialized knowledge to develop, install, validate, and maintain software systems. As a software engineering student you will gain theoretical foundations and plenty of design and research experience so you can achieve success in your field. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through designing a complete industrial process for a specific product.

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

​Software engineers enjoy stable career prospects in a variety of dynamic and challenging fields. You’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as telecommunications, manufacturing, e-commerce, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Computing for Engineers, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, Software Analysis And Design, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

​When I was in software engineering they taught us everything from teamwork, project management, software design, and those are skills I have used in my job. Software engineering in today’s society it’s kind of the backbone of every major industry. You know most people when they graduate they’ll probably work as a software developer or you can work for bigger companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, you can also work for the gaming industry or the animation industry.

​Beenish Khurshid, BSc (Eng)’15

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Creating software is the biggest intellectual challenge of our century. Software engineering provides all the tools, techniques and processes to generate software that is reliable, secure, and useable. You need to be an artist, you need to be an engineer, and you need to be a scientist, and that’s what fascinates me. Software engineering is much more than programming. There are excellent job opportunities. I’m always getting requests from industry and my students get internship positions.

​Guenther Ruhe, PhD — Professor

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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​Software engineering is very creative. You have an idea and right away you can start implementing it. You just need a computer. In software engineering we get the opportunity to start our own startup. I hope I can use those skills and start my own company later in life. I think the best part of the program was the internship because I got to go to Japan and do research in artificial intelligence, which was really exciting.

​Fadi B., software engineering student

Faculty Information

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Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning (EEEL), Room 403
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5732