Online Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

In this bachelor’s degree program, you’ll take classes that build the necessary software fundamentals in programming, math and systems management to fully understand and manage how computer systems work. You’ll learn programming languages, how to build code, software program development and important cyber security concepts.

Classes in this software engineering degree will help you build your skills in areas such as:

  • Calculus for engineers.
  • Computer and operating system management.
  • Database management.
  • Physics and mechanics.
  • Programming fundamentals.

This degree uses a project-focused curriculum that prioritizes discovery and learning by doing. As a part of this curriculum, you’ll complete software engineering projects during every semester of the program. These projects will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge, gain hands-on experience and develop teamwork skills.

Is this software engineering degree accredited?


The bachelor’s in software engineering program at Arizona State University is ABET-accredited. ABET accreditation ensures this program meets quality standards for the software engineering industry. Take advantage of our online courses and be confident that you’ll be prepared for a successful career in software engineering.

What does a software engineer do?


Software engineers create original programs, systems, applications and games. They also implement engineering strategies and use programming languages to build new software architecture and products that solve problems or entertain users.

With a bachelor’s in software engineering, you can work in a variety of environments including the business and corporate sector, health care systems, communications and gaming industries. You may also develop products for facilitating interaction between digital and physical components, as seen in robotics and machine learning. Some software engineers may create custom applications for manufacturers while others work directly in computer systems design.

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Software Engineering (BS)
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With an online software engineering degree, you can pursue professional paths in application development, database and systems administration, software and web deployment, and more. The project-based curriculum will help you acquire proficiency in coding and modeling while practicing creative problem-solving.

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At the beginning of your online software engineering degree, you’ll take courses focused on building foundational knowledge in advanced math, physics, engineering and programming. Later in the degree, you’ll build on these skills and have the opportunity to pick from elective courses covering web and mobile applications, embedded systems, game engine architecture and more. Throughout the degree, you’ll take software enterprise courses focused on the planning, design and construction of software engineering products and projects. You’ll also complete a two-semester capstone project at the end of the program.

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Of the 320+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 55 Young Investigator Awards received in the last 10 years.
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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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Will my software engineering degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.