Software Development Associate

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

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 as little as 16 months!

Software Development Curriculum

Program Requirements

*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, CIS294.

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.

Software Development 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 expected 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.

Software Development Possible Career Track

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

Software Development Outcomes

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