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Mobile Development Degree 100% Online

Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a Major in Software Development - Mobile Development Track - 100% Online

Mobile Development Online Degree Program Overview

Mobile app usage is increasing rapidly worldwide, projected to increase nearly sevenfold between 2016 and 2021. With a global mobile population now totaling 3.7 billion unique users that account for 49.7 percent of all page views, apps are essential to almost any marketing strategy. That makes the mobile app development business one of the hottest professions around.

With so many mobile options to choose from, companies and organizations need top talent to create apps that can engage consumers and keep them coming back. So, demand is high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Ever thought about becoming a mobile app developer? Not sure you have the time for school? Can’t quit your day job? At ECPI University Online we get it. We offer convenience without compromise in a highly-engaging online learning environment, utilizing advanced simulation software and multiple communications channels to replicate the on-campus experience online. That means you can manage your classes and study around your busy schedule.

What’s more, you can get your degree faster at ECPI University Online. Through our year-round, accelerated schedule, you can earn our Online Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a Software Development Major/Mobile Development Track in as little as 2.5 years.

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The Computer and Information Science programs are delivered online or through a campus-based hybrid model.

Program Description

Through ECPI's hands-on curriculum, you can learn how to write and maintain source code and become knowledgeable in the planning and structured process involved with software development. You will learn to develop efficient and scalable programs, mobile and web applications, and cloud-based software using languages and technologies such as Java, C#, Python, HTML5/CSS, Android, jQuery, Cloud providers, and MongoDB.

Building upon ECPI's tradition of providing an interactive and "real world" hands-on education, graduates of this program are prepared to:

  • Effectively analyze customer requirements
  • Develop desktop, mobile, web, and cloud applications
  • Integrate with relational databases like Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL, and non-relational databases like MongoDB
  • Design and implement RESTful web services
  • Apply information assurance knowledge to the design of secure applications
  • Use professional software development tools and source code management systems

The online program Software Development major and Web Development track includes instruction in many areas including:

  • Ethical and professional practices
  • Logic and decision processes
  • Problem resolution
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Best practices in software development
Possible Career Track

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for software developers between 2014 and 2024 is expected to increase by 17%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (14%).*

Online Software Development graduates in the Mobile Development track are prepared for entry level positions in a wide spectrum of industries, including:

  • Social Media
  • Education
  • Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Job titles for these positions include:

  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Cloud Application Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Software Analyst

* Derived from U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
CIS126 Introduction to Programming 3
CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions 3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3
CIS206 Linux Administration 3
CIS228
OR
CIS127
Service Desk Fundamentals
OR
Introduction to Scripting
3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3
CIS223 Introduction to Database 3
BUS472 Applied Project Management 3
BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab 1

Arts and Sciences*

31 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
MTH140 Statistics 3
PHY120 Physics** 3
PHY120L Physics Lab** 1
BIO122 Environmental Biology** 3
BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab** 1
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.
**Student will be scheduled either the Physics & Lab courses or Environmental Biology & Lab courses.

Self-Integration

9 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3
CIS115 Computer Applications 3

Software Development Requirements

38 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS121 Logic and Design 3
CIS126L Introduction to Programming Lab 1
CIS213 Javascript 3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#* 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++* 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java* 3
CIS224 Server-Side Scripting with PHP 3
CIS226 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS250 Structured Query Langauge 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#** 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java** 3
CIS332 Mobile App Development I 3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design*** 3
CIS422 Software Engineering*** 3
CIS435 SQL Server**** 3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab**** 1
CIS436 Oracle with PL/SQL**** 3
CIS436L Oracle with PL/SQL Lab**** 1
CIS480
OR
CIS490
Software Development Capstone
OR
Bachelor’s Externship-CIS
3

*Student will be scheduled either CIS214, CIS215, or CIS218 course.
**Student will be scheduled either CIS317 or CIS319 course.
***Student will be scheduled either CIS420 or CIS422 course.
***Student will be scheduled either CIS435 & CIS435L or CIS436 & CIS436L courses.

Mobile Development Track

14 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#* 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++* 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java* 3
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#** 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java** 3
CIS367 Server-Side Scripting with ASP.NET 3
CIS432 Mobile App Development II 3
CIS494 Externship-CIS Sr. II 2

*Student will be scheduled either CIS214, CIS215, or CIS218 course.
**Student will be scheduled either CIS317 or CIS319 course.

Program Outcomes

Students majoring in our online Software Development in the bachelor’s degree in Computer & Information Science program learn how to manage projects, design and write different computer programs, create interesting web pages, use and maintain databases, and install and secure computer networks. Students also learn to provide excellent customer service when assisting customers and clients with technical issues.

Computer and Information Science Outcomes:

  • Use processes, tools, and technologies to support an organization
  • Lead and work as a member of a technical team
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments
  • Identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • Engage in continuous professional development through user groups, associations, conferences, readings, research, and other channels.
  • Develop and use ethical best practices in the maintenance and security of information and systems

Software Development Major Outcomes:

  • Use cloud computing tools
  • Design and develop secure mobile solutions using object-oriented principles
  • Develop integrated mobile systems solutions to access organizational databases
  • Plan secure mobile solutions with customers

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