The Washington State University General Catalog

Software Engineering

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Software Engineering (121 Credits)

Students are admitted to the Software Engineering major upon demonstrating they are calculus-ready and making their intention known to the department. Calculus-ready is defined as having an ALEKS math placement score of 83% or higher; or completion of MATH 108, and 171 or a higher calculus course with a grade of C or better; or completing the Math AP with a score of 2 (places the student in MATH 171), or 3 (credit is given for MATH 171); or achieving an IB score of HL 5; or achieving a CLEP score of 50.

To remain in good standing students must complete CPT S 121, 122, and 223, or CPT S 131, 132, and 233, MATH 171, 172, 216, and PHYSICS 201 or CHEM 105, each with a grade of C or better, and earn a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or higher upon completion of the above courses.

Alternate Pathway (Everett students follow this pathway):
Completion of ALL standard pathway benchmarks, except CPT S 223/233, and additionally: ECONS 101 or 102, ENGLISH 101 or 105, MATH 220, and two of MATH 273 301, PHIL 201 or STAT 212, all with a grade of C or better, and a 2.5 cumulative WSU GPA (or transfer GPA if no WSU GPA exists). Everett applicants follow the alternate pathway.

No courses listed in this schedule of study may be taken on a pass/fail basis. All listed E E and CPT S courses, required electives, and prerequisites to these courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
First Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 121 or CPT S 13114
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Math Requirement23
Second TermCredits
CPT S 122 or CPT S 13214
MATH 1724
MATH 2163
Second Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 223 or CPT S 23313
CPT S 2603
MATH 2202
Math Requirement22 or 3
PHYSICS 201 [PSCI] or CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CPT S 321 3
CPT S 3553
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or ECONS 102 [SSCI]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 3023
CPT S 3173
CPT S 322 [M]3
CPT S 360 or CPT S 37014
Second TermCredits
Biological Science [BSCI]3
CPT S 3503
CPT S 4873
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH/CPT S 453 or STAT 4193
STAT 3603
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 4213
CPT S 422 [M]3
CPT S 4273
CPT S 4843
Software Engineering Option Course33
Second TermCredits
CPT S 423 [CAPS]3
CPT S 4763
Data and Information Management Elective43
Software Engineering Option Courses36
Complete CPT E Exit Interview and Survey

1Students may choose between a C/C++ (CPT S 121, 122, 223, 360) path or a Java programming (CPT S 131, 132, 233, 370) path. Students should adhere to one path option.
2Math Requirement: minimum 5 credits from the following: MATH 273, MATH 301, PHIL 201, STAT 212.
3Software Engineering Option Courses (9 credits required): Any 400-level course in CPT S, E E, or MATH not used to fulfill major requirements. Upper-division courses in other disciplines may be used with prior approval by advisor. Software Engineering Option Courses may include a maximum of 3 credits CPT S 499, or a combined 3 credits of CPT S 488 and ENGR 489.
4Data and Information Management Elective (3 credits required): Choose at least one from CPT S 315, 415, 451, 471, 475.

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