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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.

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 could 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.


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

Job titles for these positions include:

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



Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BUS121 Introduction to Business3
BUS472 Applied Project Management3
BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab1
CIS126 Introduction to Programming3
CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking3
CIS206 Linux Administration3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity3
CIS223 Introduction to Databases3
CIS123 Introduction to Scripting3
CIS228 Service Desk Fundamentals3

Arts and Sciences*

31 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone3
COM115 Principles of Communication3
ENG110 College Composition3
ENG120 Advanced Composition3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities3
MTH131 College Algebra3
MTH140 Statistics3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3
PSY220 Positive Psychology3
PHY120 Physics3
PHY120L Physics Lab1
BIO122 Environmental Biology3
BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab1
*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 IDCourse NameCredits
CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems3
CIS108 Office Applications2
FOR110 Essentials for Success3
COR191 Career Orientation1

Software Development Major Required Courses

38 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS121Logic and Design3
CIS126LIntroduction to Programming Lab1
CIS224Server-Side Scripting with PHP3
CIS226Introduction to Object Oriented Programming3
CIS250Structured Query Language3
CIS282Web Interface Design3
CIS332Mobile App Development I3
CIS420System Analysis and Design3
CIS214Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS218Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS317Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS319Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS480Software Development Capstone3
CIS490Bachelor’s Externship-CIS3
CIS435SQL Server3
CIS435LSQL Server Lab1
CIS436Oracle with PL/SQL3
CIS436LOracle with PL/SQL Lab1


14 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS101Computer Configuration I3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS242AWS Academy Cloud Foundations3
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS326Introduction to Data Analytics3
CIS334 Interface Design I3
CIS334L Interface Design I Lab1
CIS360 Web Application Development3
CIS367Advanced Server Side Scripting with PHP II3
CIS376Data Analytics Tools3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design3
CIS432 Mobile App Development II3
CIS435 SQL Server3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab1
CIS453 Interface Design II3
CIS453L Interface Design II Lab1
CIS469Data Analytics Methods and Modeling3
CIS469LData Analytics Methods and Modeling LAB1
CIS473LAdvanced Data Analytics LAB1
CIS490Bachelor’s Externship-CIS3
CIS491 Externship-CIS Sr. I-a1
CIS292 Externship-CIS I-b1
CIS293 Externship-CIS I-c1
CIS494 Externship-CIS Sr. II2
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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