Software Engineering, Engineering Specialization

Software Engineering, Engineering Specialization, Associate of Arts & Sciences

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The curriculum in the software engineering specialization program is designed to prepare students for a career in the software industry. The software engineering program is similar to a computer science program, but adds additional coursework in problem solving and project management.

The curriculum leads to an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree and is comparable to the first two years of a four-year software engineering program at a larger university.


This curriculum is ideal for individuals that want to work in the software industry but may see themselves transitioning from software development into a management roll. Students completing this curriculum have the option of continuing their studies in software engineering or transitioning to a traditional computer science program.

Computers, including smartphones and tablets, have changed the way we live our lives. Technology has affected the way we work, entertain ourselves, and communicate with friends and family. Our reliance on these devices will only grow in the future as we electronically manage our lives. Opportunities are virtually unlimited for both women and men in software engineering locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Graduates of the program may even find opportunities to work from home, commonly known as telecommuting. Students may also elect to work in a more traditional field such as engineering, business, or medical since computers are needed in almost every industry and often require the creation and maintenance of applications.


Southwest Virginia Community College has options to help you pay for a degree or certificate. A high percentage of students receive assistance through financial aid.

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