Software Development

Software Development
Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a Major in Software Development
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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 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 just 2.5 years!

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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


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
CIS126 Introduction to Programming 3
CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions 3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3
CIS206 Linux Administration 3
Service Desk Fundamentals
Introduction to Scripting
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3
CIS223 Introduction to Database 3
BUS472 Applied Project Management 3
BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab 1

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
PHY120 Physics** 3
PHY120L Physics Lab** 1
BIO122 Environmental Biology** 3
BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab** 1
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.
**Student will be scheduled either the Physics & Lab courses or Environmental Biology & Lab courses.


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

Software Development Requirements

38 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS121 Logic and Design 3
CIS126L Introduction to Programming Lab 1
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
CIS224 Server-Side Scripting with PHP 3
CIS250 Structured Query Language 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#** 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java** 3
CIS332 Mobile App Development I 3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design*** 3
CIS422 Software Engineering*** 3
CIS435 SQL Server**** 3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab**** 1
CIS436 Oracle with PL/SQL**** 3
CIS436L Oracle with PL/SQL Lab**** 1
Software Development Capstone
Bachelor’s Externship-CIS

*Student will be scheduled either CIS214, CIS215, or CIS218 course.
**Student will be scheduled either CIS317 or CIS319 course.
***Student will be scheduled either CIS420 or CIS422 course.
***Student will be scheduled either CIS435 & CIS435L or CIS436 & CIS436L courses.


14 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 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
CIS360 Web Application Development 3
CIS334 Interface Design I 3
CIS334L Interface Design I Lab 1
CIS367 Server-Side Scripting with ASP.NET 3
CIS370 Cloud Application Development 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
CIS470 CIS Project 4
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
EET250 Computer Configuration I 3
EET251 Computer Configuration II 3
EET251L Computer Configuration II Lab 1

Students majoring in 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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