Campus: CSU Fullerton -- April 28, 2004
Cal State Fullerton to Launch Computer, Software
Engineering Degree Programs
Students setting their sights on careers in computer engineering, and software
engineers eager to enhance their skills and knowledge, are invited to apply for
admission to Cal State Fullerton to pursue two new degree programs being launched
One of the programs - a master's degree in software engineering - will be the
second online graduate program offered by the university and is geared for working
professionals. Also being introduced is a bachelor's degree program in computer
engineering that was developed in response to area high-tech firms seeking
graduates in this field.
"We are responding to the needs of students, local technology companies and to
professionals in the field seeking computer or software engineering degrees,"
said Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the university's College of Engineering and
"Software engineering is the application of systematic engineering principles to
the development and maintenance of computer software," noted Dorota Huizinga, ECS
associate dean and professor of computer science.
"Our curriculum is fundamentally grounded in software engineering research,
theory, principles and practice, " she said. "The 22-month online program will
prepare individuals for careers as software process managers, designers and
developers in industry and governmental agencies. Our emphasis on software process
throughout the entire curriculum makes this program unique among professional
master's degrees," she added.
"The online degree is designed for working professionals who wish to further
their skills and pursue graduate-level education in software engineering," said
Demetrios Michalopoulos, professor of computer science. "Because it is an online
program, it has been approved and accredited by the Western Association of Schools
Computer engineering, the new bachelor's degree program, will focus on the design
and analysis of computer hardware and software. "Our computer engineering program
integrates pertinent science and mathematics courses with electrical engineering
and computer science courses to develop an engineer capable of designing and
analyzing all aspects of modern computer and embedded systems," said Unnikrishnan.
"The degree can lead to immediate employment after graduation as a design,
development, test, application or marketing engineer of computer hardware or
software," he added. "Students who enter computer engineering with the necessary
prerequisites, follow our guidance on course selection and achieve good grades,
can graduate in four years and move on to a career right here in Orange County."
Industry support for the undergraduate program is strong, as reflected in the
letters of endorsement from Boeing, Intel, JPL, Raytheon, Systems Co., Technology
Strategy Group and Unisys.
"We looked at accredited programs across the country in formulating this program
so that it meets the standards set by the Accreditation Board of Engineering
Technology," said Susamma Barua, professor of computer science and chair of the
college's computer engineering committee.
"Both of these new degree programs will significantly reach a new pool of students
and also will help people in industry to advance in their careers," said
Unnikrishnan. "Our educational efforts are consistent with today's trends in
technology, and our online program will reach students across the nation and
Additional information on the computer engineering program is available on the
Web at www.fullerton.edu/ecs/.
Information about the master's degree in software engineering can be found at
Media Contacts: Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the College of
Engineering and Computer Science, at (714) 278-3362 or
Dorota Huizinga, associate dean of ECS and professor of computer science, at
(714) 278-7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4855 or