Software Development Bachelor

Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a Major in Software Development

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 Software Development major in the Computer and Information Science degree offers 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 a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a major in Software Development. Through ECPI University's year-round schedule, you could graduate in as little as 2.5 years!

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

Software Development Curriculum

Program Requirements

One of these two courses: CIS123 or CIS228

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.
One lecture course and corresponding lab from the following: PHY120, PHY120L or BIO122, BIO122L

Software Development Major

Choose one of these two courses: CIS214 - Object-Oriented Programming Using C# or CIS218 - Object-Oriented Programming Using JAVA.

Choose one of these two courses: CIS317 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C# or CIS319 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java

Choose one of these two courses: CIS480 - Software Development Capstone or CIS490 - Bachelor's Externship-CIS

Choose one Lecture Course and Corresponding Lab from the following: CIS435 SQL Server and CIS435L SQL Server LAB or CIS436 Oracle PL/SQL and CIS436L Oracle PL/SQL LAB

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, 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 expected 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.

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

Software Development Outcomes

Students in the B.S. in Computer & Information Science program develop planning, design, implementation, and support skills in operating systems, networking, software programs, and security. Students develop additional focused skills based on which major the student pursues. Students also learn principles of excellent customer service in order to assist clients with technical issues.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science, graduates are expected to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate computer-based solutions that incorporate the appropriate computing requirements identified through the analysis of specific organizational or computing problems
  • Function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments
  • Evaluate and use appropriate technical literature
  • Engage in continuous professional development through user groups, associations, conferences, readings, research, and other channels
  • Develop and apply ethical and legal best practices in the maintenance and security of information and systems
  • Develop cloud computing tools

In addition to the BS CIS Program Outcomes, students in the Software Development Major learn how to manage projects, create interesting web pages, design and write a variety of programs, use and maintain databases, and understand and utilize computer networks.

Upon completion of the Software Development major, graduates are expected to:

  • Design and develop secure software solutions using object-oriented principles
  • Develop integrated systems solutions using software, web, and mobile applications to access organizational databases
  • Plan secure software solutions with customers