Software Development

Software Development
Associate of Science (VA and NC) or Associate of Applied Science (SC) in Computer and Information Science
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Software Development Overview

The ever-increasing role of computers in society will continue to require skilled developers to design, develop, and implement software based solutions and products for business and consumers. Software applications systems connect you to a computer, tablet, smartphone or mobile device. Each year, enterprising developers and companies create an array of cloud, mobile and web-based offerings designed to make business more effective and our lives more enjoyable. ECPI University's Computer and Information Sciences degree with a concentration in Software Development is a skills based program utilizing the latest in technology across platforms using virtualization. ECPI's programs encourage students to obtain industry certifications and internships for real world experience that enhances graduate opportunities.

If this sounds like the career you've been looking for, consider earning an Associate of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Software Development. Through ECPI University's year-round schedule, you could graduate in just 16 months!

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Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

21 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS121 -OR- CIS290 Introduction to Business -OR- Associate’s Externship-CIS* 3
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
CIS228 -OR- CIS123 Service Desk Fundamentals -OR- Introduction to Scripting 3

*CIS290, CIS291, CIS292, CIS293, and CIS294 do not transfer to the BS program.
**A combination of the following CIS externship courses may be substituted in lieu of CIS290, provided that they total 3 credits: CIS291, CIS292, CIS293, and CIS294

Arts and Sciences*

15 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.


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

Required Courses

25 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS121 Logic and Design 3
CIS126L Introduction to Programming Lab 1
CIS223 Introduction to Database 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS226 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS213 Javascript 3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
CIS250 Structured Query Language 3
CIS224 Server-Side Scripting with PHP 3

* Students will be scheduled either CIS214 Object Oriented Programming Using C#, CIS215 Object Oriented Programming Using C++ , or CIS218 Object Oriented Programming Using Java

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, web applications, and cloud-based software using languages and technologies such as Java, C#, C++, Python, Android, jQuery.

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

  • Develop desktop and web applications
  • Integrate with relational databases like Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL, and non-relational databases like MongoDB
  • Apply information assurance knowledge to the design of secure applications
  • Use professional software development tools and source code management systems

The program 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%).*

Software Development graduates 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:

  • Programmer
  • Web programmer
  • Software Tester

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


In addition to the outcomes listed below, students in the Software Development concentration learn how to create web pages, write software applications, use and maintain databases, and understand and utilize computer networks.

Computer and Information Science Outcomes:

  • Use processes, tools, and technologies common to the profession
  • 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.
  • Apply ethical best practices in the maintenance and security of information and systems
  • Use cloud computing tools

Software Development Outcomes:

  • Develop software solutions from plans and designs
  • Test and deploy software solutions
  • Administer and maintain software solutions
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