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 as little as 2.5 years!

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


Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BUS121 Introduction to Business3
PMT472 Applied Project Management3
PMT472L Applied Project Management Lab1
CIS126 Introduction to Programming3
CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking3
CIS206 Linux Administration3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity3
CIS223 Introduction to Databases3
CIS123 Introduction to Scripting3
CIS228 Service Desk Fundamentals3

Arts and Sciences*

31 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone3
COM115 Principles of Communication3
ENG110 College Composition3
ENG120 Advanced Composition3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities3
MTH131 College Algebra3
MTH140 Statistics3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3
PSY220 Positive Psychology3
PHY120 Physics3
PHY120L Physics Lab1
BIO122 Environmental Biology3
BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab1
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.

Self Integration

9 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems3
CIS108 Office Applications2
FOR110 Essentials for Success3
COR191 Career Orientation1

Software Development Major Required Courses

38 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS121Logic and Design3
CIS126LIntroduction to Programming Lab1
CIS224Server-Side Scripting with PHP3
CIS226Introduction to Object Oriented Programming3
CIS250Structured Query Language3
CIS282Web Interface Design3
CIS332Mobile App Development I3
CIS420System Analysis and Design3
CIS214Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS218Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS317Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS319Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS480Software Development Capstone3
CIS490Bachelor’s Externship-CIS3
CIS435SQL Server3
CIS435LSQL Server Lab1
CIS436Oracle with PL/SQL3
CIS436LOracle with PL/SQL Lab1


14 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS101Computer Configuration I3
CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS242AWS Academy Cloud Foundations3
CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C#3
CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java3
CIS326Introduction to Data Analytics3
CIS334 Interface Design I3
CIS334L Interface Design I Lab1
CIS360 Web Application Development3
CIS367Advanced Server Side Scripting with PHP II3
CIS376Data Analytics Tools3
CIS420 System Analysis and Design3
CIS432 Mobile App Development II3
CIS435 SQL Server3
CIS435L SQL Server Lab1
CIS453 Interface Design II3
CIS453L Interface Design II Lab1
CIS469Data Analytics Methods and Modeling3
CIS469LData Analytics Methods and Modeling LAB1
CIS473LAdvanced Data Analytics LAB1
CIS490Bachelor’s Externship-CIS3
CIS491 Externship-CIS Sr. I-a1
CIS292 Externship-CIS I-b1
CIS293 Externship-CIS I-c1
CIS494 Externship-CIS Sr. II2
CIS496CIS Externship Project1
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.
Possible Career Track

Job titles for these positions include:

  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Cloud Application Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Software Analyst



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
Program Guide