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.
28 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits BUS121 Introduction to Business 3 BUS472 Applied Project Management 3 BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab 1 CIS126 Introduction to Programming 3 CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions 3 CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3 CIS206 Linux Administration 3 CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3 CIS223 Introduction to Databases 3 ONE OF THESE TWO COURSES: CIS123 Introduction to Scripting 3 CIS228 Service Desk Fundamentals 3
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department section in the ECPI University Course Catalog.
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: Exploring the Humanities 3 MTH131 College Algebra 3 MTH140 Statistics 3 PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSY220 Positive Psychology 3 ONE LECTURE COURSE AND CORRESPONDING LAB FROM THE FOLLOWING: PHY120 Physics 3 PHY120L Physics Lab 1 BIO122 Environmental Biology 3 BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab 1
9 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 CIS115 Computer Applications 3 COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0 FOR110 Essentials for Success 3
Software Development Major Required Courses
38 semester credit hours
14 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CIS101 Computer Configuration I 3 CIS214 Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3 CIS218 Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3 CIS242 AWS Academy Cloud Foundations 3 CIS317 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C# 3 CIS319 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using Java 3 CIS326 Introduction to Data Analytics 3 CIS334 Interface Design I 3 CIS334L Interface Design I Lab 1 CIS360 Web Application Development 3 CIS367 Advanced Server Side Scripting with PHP II 3 CIS376 Data Analytics Tools 3 CIS420 System Analysis and Design 3 CIS432 Mobile App Development II 3 CIS435 SQL Server 3 CIS435L SQL Server Lab 1 CIS453 Interface Design II 3 CIS453L Interface Design II Lab 1 CIS469 Data Analytics Methods and Modeling 3 CIS469L Data Analytics Methods and Modeling LAB 1 CIS473L Advanced Data Analytics LAB 1 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
- 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
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
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
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