Software engineering deals with the analysis, design, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems. These systems are often found in products and situations where very high reliability is expected, even under demanding conditions, such as monitoring and controlling nuclear power plants, keeping a modern airliner aloft, computing trajectories for satellites, or controlling robots in surgery. Such applications contain millions of lines of code, making them comparable to the most complex modern machines. RMU software engineering students learn to conceive and develop high-quality software systems for applications in industry, commerce, engineering, government, and research.
Recent Graduates Work Here
Bayer, Conair, Concurrent Technologies Corp., Core Furnace Systems, Deloitte Financial Services, Development Dimensions International, Eagle Global Logistics, FedEx, Honeywell, Microsonic, Moderne Glass Products, Penn United Technologies, Raytheon, Schroeder Industries, Siemens, SolidWorks, Target Systems, US Steel.
Average starting salaries:
|By type of employer||By job function|
|Communications (Broadcasting/Telecommunication )||$62,875||Field Engineering||$59,050|
|Computer & Electronic Products Mfg.||$58,143||Hardware Design & Development||$43,667|
|Computer Systems Design/Consulting/Programming||$55,813||Software Design & Development||$64,838|
|Electrical Equipment/Appliance/Component Mfg.||$54,640||Systems Analysis & Design||$48,012|
|Engineering Services||$64,700||Systems/Programming Engineering||$71,250|
|Financial Services||$66,643||Technical/Computer Support||$63,167|
|Government (Federal)||$53,221||Other Computer Related||$49,440|
|Software Publishers||$79,972||Other Engineering||$61,363|
Below is a typical four-year course of study for software engineering students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.
|FRESHMAN/Fall Semester||FRESHMAN/Spring Semester|
|Intro to Engineering||Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II|
|Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I||General Physics I & lab|
|Chemistry I with lab||Argument & Research|
|Humanities: Art & Music||C++ or JAVA Programming|
|Intercultural Communication/Reading & Writing Strategies||Contemporary American Social Problems or similar|
|SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester||SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester|
|C++ or JAVA Programming||Engineering Statistics|
|General Physics II with lab||Fundamentals of Software Engineering|
|Data Structures & Algorithms for Engineering||Computer Architecture for Software Engineers|
|Discrete Mathematics||Circuits & Electromagnetics|
|Public Speaking and Persuasion||Fundamentals of Accounting or similar|
|JUNIOR/Fall Semester||JUNIOR/Spring Semester|
|Prototyping & Interface Design||Database Management Systems|
|Operations Research I or similar||Software Verification/Validation|
|Advanced Programming C++ or JAVA||Management Theory & Practice|
|Survey of Economics||Linear Algebra with applications|
|Professional Communication in Workplace||Software Design and Construction|
|SENIOR/Fall Semester||SENIOR/Spring Semester|
|Engineering Practice||Integrated Engineering Design|
|Distributed Systems Implementation||Software Engineering Elective|
|Software Engineering Elective||Principles of Marketing|
|Value Design||General Psychology|
|Reading Literature: Coming of Age or similar||U.S. History or similar|
Academic Internship Program
All engineering students are required to complete three credits of an academic internship between their sophomore and senior years to test their engineering skills in an appropriate industry setting. The internship is conducted under the joint supervision of advisors from the university and the industry partner.
Bayer, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation, Centria, Curtiss-Wright Electro Mechanical Corp., Cutler Hammer, DBT America, Deloitte Financial Services, Development Dimensions International, FedEx, Flabeg, Fox IV Technologies, Kurt J. Lesker Co., Microsonic, NASA, Penn United Technologies, Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Schroeder Industries, Target Systems, Tate-Jones, U.S. Steel, Wilcox Brothers.
The Learning Factory
RMU believes that students learn by doing and that they benefit from practice with the processes and equipment used in industry. The heart of RMU's engineering programs is The Learning Factory, where students gain hands-on experience with design, testing and manufacturing processes and equipment, in much the same way that medical students learn from clinical training in a hospital.
The industrial-grade facility allows students to take a product from concept to reality using cutting-edge technology. It includes equipment for automatic identification, CNC machining and turning, controls, injection molding, machine tool monitoring, machine vision, materials testing, metallography, metrology, packaging, powder metallurgy, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and robotics. Hardware is supported by a suite of software packages for design, analysis, manufacturing, simulation, offline programming, controls, monitoring, integration, software development, enterprise resource management and other engineering activities.
The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science unites faculty from diverse disciplines and provides opportunies for collaboration in teaching and research between faculty and students. We provide students with real-world experiences that give them the skills they need to compete in the job market. We emphasize a global curriculum and have a diverse student and faculty body. We make sure our students are engaged citizens of the globe and experienced professionals in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement.
For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)
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