NKU Launches New Degree in Applied Software Engineering
Northern Kentucky University announced the launch of a new applied software engineering degree within its college of informatics.
In a news release, the university called it one of the few degrees of its kind in the nation, providing the region with graduates talented in server-side, mobile and web application development.
The program’s core includes software security, user experience design, technical writing and ethics..
"Software Engineering is an extremely important skillset at 84.51°, the Kroger Co., and so many of the other top companies in the Cincinnati region," said Milen Mahadevan, president of 84.51°. "With the introduction of an Applied Software Engineering degree, the NKU College of Informatics continues to stay in touch with the needs of industry by providing a dedicated focus to software architecture and broadening the offerings of their Computer Science programs. This will further grow the talent pipeline in Cincinnati with degreed and skilled technologists in this very sought-after field."
With Computer Information Technology and Computer Science already the second-and third-most enrolled majors at NKU, the new major provides the opportunity for career changers who wish to focus on practical upskilling in a high-demand field, a news release said.
NKU's traditional BS in Computer Science rigorously focuses on the foundations of computing and culminates in a year-long software engineering capstone. By contrast, the new Applied Software Engineering degree will have a more practical focus throughout.
It introduces students to real-world best practices and provides the skillsets needed to create robust user experiences across multiple platforms.
"Even though most universities offer software engineering classes, very few have an entire program dedicated to the discipline,” said Dr. Nicholas Caporusso, assistant professor of Computer Science and co-director of the Applied Software Engineering program. “The unique aspect of what we offer at NKU is that courses are specifically designed to incorporate experiential learning practices to help students develop digital fluency. This allows them to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios while building a portfolio."
The College of Informatics’ Department of Computer Science is home to seven degree programs, including one of the earliest Data Science programs in the country. All aim to produce graduates who are highly capable problem solvers, intellectually agile, technically skilled, and ethically responsible.