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Software Development Degree 100% Online

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

Software Development Online Degree Program Overview

It’s a big world out there and not all of its languages are spoken. We’re talking about languages such as Java, C#, Python, HTML5/CSS, Android, jQuery, Cloud providers, and MongoDB. They’re used to write the software that powers our world and touches just about everything we do.

Software is used to make organizations more efficient and people’s lives more rewarding. It’s transforming advanced education. At ECPI University, we use some of the world’s most advanced software to create online learning opportunities that are both engaging and interactive. Using specialized simulation software and multiple communications channels, we seek to create an online experience that closely replicates the classroom environment.

Software Developers are in demand. 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.*

Have you ever considered a career in software development, but thought your schedule would not allow you to attend school? At ECPI University Online, you can build your class and study time around your busy schedule. We offer convenience without compromise. And we offer you the chance to get your degree much faster. Through our year-round, accelerated schedule, you can earn our online Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a major in Software Development in as little as 2.5 years.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm.

 
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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 program major 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%).*

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

Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
BUS472 Applied Project Management 3
BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab 1
CIS126 Introduction to Programming 3
CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions 3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3
CIS206 Linux Administration 3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3
CIS223 Introduction to Databases 3
ONE OF THESE TWO COURSES:
CIS123 Introduction to Scripting 3
CIS228 Service Desk Fundamentals 3

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
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3
ONE LECTURE COURSE AND CORRESPONDING LAB FROM THE FOLLOWING:
PHY120 Physics 3
PHY120L Physics Lab 1
BIO122 Environmental Biology 3
BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab 1
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.

Self Integration

9 semester credit hours

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

Software Development Major Required Courses

38 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS121 Logic and Design 3
CIS126L Introduction to Programming Lab 1
CIS213 Javascript 3
CIS224 Server-Side Scripting with PHP 3
CIS226 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS250 Structured Query Language 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS332 Mobile App Development I 3
ONE OF THESE THREE COURSES:
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
ONE OF THESE TWO COURSES:
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
ONE OF THESE TWO COURSES:
CIS420 System Analysis and Design 3
CIS422 Software Engineering 3
ONE OF THESE TWO COURSES:
CIS480 Software Development Capstone 1
CIS490 Bachelor’s Externship-CIS 1
ONE LECTURE COURSE AND CORRESPONDING LAB FROM THE FOLLOWING:
CIS435 SQL Server 3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab 1
CIS436 Oracle with PL/SQL 3
CIS436L Oracle with PL/SQL Lab 1

Electives

14 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS101 Computer Configuration I 3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
CIS242 AWS Academy Cloud Foundations 3
CIS311 Web Site Management and Security 3
CIS311L Web Site Management and Security Lab 1
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
CIS326 Introduction to Data Analytics 3
CIS334 Interface Design I 3
CIS334L Interface Design I Lab 1
CIS360 Web Application Development 3
CIS367 Advanced Server Side Scripting with PHP II 3
CIS370 Cloud Application Development 3
CIS376 Data Analytics Tools 3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design 3
CIS421 Design Patterns 3
CIS422 Software Engineering 3
CIS432 Mobile App Development II 3
CIS435 SQL Server 3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab 1
CIS436 Oracle with PL/SQL 3
CIS436L Oracle with PL/SQL Lab 1
CIS453 Interface Design II 3
CIS453L Interface Design II Lab 1
CIS469 Data Analytics Methods and Modeling 3
CIS469L Data Analytics Methods and Modeling LAB 1
CIS470 CIS Project 4
CIS473L Advanced Data Analytics LAB 1
CIS490 Bachelor’s Externship-CIS 3
CIS491 Externship-CIS Sr. I-a 1
CIS292 Externship-CIS I-b 1
CIS293 Externship-CIS I-c 1
CIS494 Externship-CIS Sr. II 2
EET251 Computer Configuration II 3
EET251L Computer Configuration II Lab 1
Program Outcomes

Students majoring in the 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
  • Use cloud computing tools

Software Development Major Outcomes:

  • 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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