Program Description

This Software Development curriculum prepares students with necessary skills to seek entry-level employment in software development. Instruction includes development, testing, and maintenance of applications using programming languages including and not limited to Python, C++, Java, and SQL. Upon completion of coursework, students will have the foundation needed to pursue industry certifications including and not limited to Python institute’s Certified Associate in Python Programming (PCAP) and Certified Professional in Python Programming (PCPP), C++ Institute’s C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA) and C++ Certified Professional Programmer (CPP), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) – Java SE Programmer, and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) – Java SE Programmer.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze a problem and formulate steps required to solve that problem using a programming language.
  2. Design Top Down or Object Oriented algorithms to solve problems.
  3. Write, test and document a program based on a Top Down or Object Oriented algorithm.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 18

Required courses

  • CIS 012 – Introduction to Programming Using Python (3)
  • CIS 014 – C++ Programming (3)
  • CIS 016 – JAVA Programming (3)
  • CIS 031 – Introduction to Database Management Systems (3)
  • CIS 112 – Advanced Programming Using Python (3)
  • CIS 112D – Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python (3)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.