Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo
Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It applies both computer science and engineering principles and practices to the creation, operation, and maintenance of software systems.
At the University of Waterloo, Software Engineering is an independent, interdisciplinary program supported by both the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Engineering. Graduates of this program will earn a Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) degree.
Our undergraduate program not only include a solid foundation in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science, but will also cover fundamental concepts of the software development process, project management, and proper technical documentation.
Despite the lack of a graduate program, those interested in Software Engineering can pursue software-related graduate degrees offered by The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Faculty of Engineering
Courses provided by the Faculty of Engineering show students how to design and how to solve problems in digital hardware and software.
Faculty of Math
Courses provided by the Faculty of Math give students the background they need to understand computing fundamentals and to model and reason about software behaviour.
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