Software Development

Software Development
Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science

Computer and Information Science Degree | Software Development Concentration by ECPI University

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 degree 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 a Bachelor 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 2.5 years!

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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#, Objective-C, Python, iOS, Android, jQuery, Google App Engine, BigTable, 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 and MySQL, and non-relational databases like BigTable (used by Google) and MongoDB (used by Foursquare)
  • Design and implement RESTful web services
  • Apply information assurance knowledge to the design of secure applications
  • Deploy applications through thin clients (computer programs which depends heavily on another computer or server to fulfill its traditional computational roles)
  • 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

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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:

  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Cloud Application Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Healthcare
  • Web Developer
  • Independent Video Game Developer

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


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

24 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS102 Fundamentals of Customer Service 3
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
BUS472 Applied Project Management 3
CIS121 Software Logic and Design 3
CIS150 Networking I 3
CIS223 Database I 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS495 Senior Capstone 3

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
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

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

Concentration Requirements

Database Programming

24 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS126 Programming I 3
CIS203 Code Design and Debugging 3
CIS206 UNIX Administration 3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming with C++ 3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using JAVA 3
CIS250 Database Scripting 3
CIS266 Intermediate Database 3
  Various Electives  

Healthcare IT (Currently available for NCPACE students only. No longer offered after September 2015.)

24 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS202 Introduction to Routing and Switching 3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3
CIS225 Networking II 3
CIS245 Windows Client and Server 3
CIS286 Information Technology in Healthcare 3
CIS403 Ethical Hacking 3
HCA101 Medical Terminoloy 3
HCA112 Medical Office Procedures 3
  Various Electives  

Cyber and Network Security

24 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS225 Networking II 3
CIS202 Introduction to Routing and Switching 3
CIS204 Intermediate Routing and Switching 3
CIS206 UNIX Administration 3
CIS212 Principles of Cyber Security 3
CIS245 Windows Client and Server 3
CIS403 Ethical Hacking 3
CIS410 Security Systems Administration 3
  Various Electives  

Software Development

24 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS127 Object-Oriented Programming I 3
CIS227 Object-Oriented Programming II 3
CIS332 Mobile App Development 3
CIS360 Web Application Development 3
CIS370 Cloud Application Development 3
CIS421 Design Patterns 3
CIS422 Software Engineering 3
CIS432 Mobile App Development II 3
  Various Electives  

Web Development

24 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS107 Digital Imaging 3
CIS126 Programming I 3
CIS136 Storyboarding for Animation 3
CIS213 Web Client Scripting 3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS250 Database Scripting I 3
CIS303 2D Design 3
CIS311 Web Site Management 3
  Various Electives  



Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS472L Applied Project Management LAB 1
CIS107 Digital Imaging 3
CIS142 Cloud Computing Concepts 3
CIS202L Introduction to Routing and Switching LAB 1
CIS204 Intermediate Routing and Switching 3
CIS207 Network Routing and Switching LAB 1
CIS212 Network Security Concepts 3
CIS213 Web Client Scripting 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming with C++ 3
CIS215L Object-Oriented Programming with C++ LAB 1
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using JAVA 3
CIS219 Object-Oriented Programming Using VB.NET 3
CIS220L Storage Area networks and Disaster Recovery Lab 1
CIS224 Server-Side Scripting 3
CIS241 IP Telephony 3
CIS245L Windows Client and Server LAB 1
CIS250 Database Scripting I 3
CIS251 Advanced Windows Server 3
CIS253L Network Virtualization Fundamentals Lab 1
CIS256 Windows Active Directory 3
CIS256L Windows Active Directory LAB 1
CIS266L Intermediate Database LAB 1
CIS280 CIS Project II 3
CIS290 Externship-CIS III 3
CIS291 Externship-CIS I-a 1
CIS292 Externship-CIS I-b 1
CIS293 Externship-CIS I-c 1
CIS294 Externship-CIS II 2
CIS303L 2D Design LAB 1
CIS305 Advanced UNIX Administration 3
CIS305L Advanced UNIX Administration LAB 1
CIS308 Web Animation 3
CIS311 Web Site Management 3
CIS311L Web Site Management LAB 1
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3
CIS319L Advanced Object-Oriented Programming using Java LAB 1
CIS321 Network Scripting 3
CIS324 Server-Side Framework 3
CIS324L Server-Side Framework LAB 1
CIS328 Email Services 3
CIS340 Oracle Architecture and Operation 3
CIS340L Oracle Architecture and Operation LAB 1
CIS346 Oracle Programming 3
CIS346L Oracle Programming LAB 1
CIS350 Introduction to Data Structures 3
CIS353L Network Virtualization Administration Lab 1
CIS367 Database Scripting II 3
CIS367L Database Scripting II LAB 1
CIS395 Emerging Networking Technologies 3
CIS403 Network Security I 3
CIS410 Network Security II 3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design 3
CIS425 Advanced Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
CIS425L Advanced Network Defense & Countermeasures LAB 1
CIS435 SQL Server 3
CIS435L SQL Server LAB 1
CIS441 Mobile Game Development 3
CIS450 Web Interface Design II 3
CIS450L Web Interface Design II LAB 1
CIS455 Web Interface Design III 3
CIS455L Web Interface Design III LAB 1
CIS465 3D Design 3
CIS465L 3D Design LAB 1
CIS470 CIS Project III 4
CIS480 CIS Project IV 3
CIS490 Externship-CIS Sr. III 3
CIS491 Externship-CIS Sr. I-a 1
CIS492 Externship-CIS Sr. I-b 1
CIS493 Externship-CIS Sr. I-c 1
CIS494 Externship-CIS Sr. II 2
EET110 Electric Circuits I 3
EET250 Computer Configuration I 3
EET251 Computer Configuration II 3
EET282 Wireless Security 3
EET350 Overview of Electronic Security Devices 3
HCA305 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration 3
HCA310 Healthcare Administration Ethics 3
HCA400 Health Information Systems 3
HCA420 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HCA422 Managing Cries in Community Settings 3

Students 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.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science, graduates are able to:

  • Utilize organizational customer service plans.
  • Analyze various aspects of business operations.
  • Evaluate the impact of information systems upon the operation of a business.
  • Utilize PC operating system concepts.
  • Effectively utilize PC productivity applications and concepts to include word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics.
  • Construct a basic web page.
  • Correctly install basic network hardware and software by applying industry-standard networking knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the professional and ethical responsibilities of an information system specialist.
  • Identify ethical uses of organizational data, applications, computers, and network operating systems.
  • Apply basic logical constructs such as flow charts and process diagrams in order to understand the operation and troubleshooting of information systems.
  • Design a basic relational database management application.
  • Evaluate program-specific knowledge for an individual subject area concentration (e.g., Network Security or Web Development) appropriate for a Bachelor of Science Degree.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of subject area concentration via successful completion of a capstone project, including an oral and written defense.

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