The Computer Software Development certificate assists individuals seeking computer skills needed in a variety of industries, focusing on current software development languages, object-oriented programming concepts, and database theory.

The certificate is intended for experienced programmers looking to update or enhance their skills, or for individuals preparing to enter the information technology field who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

The certificate can be completed in three semesters, and all courses are offered through online education.


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Design and write application software using programming languages .NET or Java.
  • Design, develop, and maintain state-of-the-art database management systems using SQL Server and MySQL
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business/system analysis and design techniques

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Computer Programmer/Analyst
  • Computer Software Developer
  • Database Programmer/Analyst
  • Web-Based Application Developer

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer systems analysts and programmers is projected to grow 22 percent through 2020. Greater reliance on computer systems in organizations throughout the economy will lead to increased demand for employees with a strong background in programming and systems analysis, along with business and people skills.

$35,000 - $75,000 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include cooperative education


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Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Computer Software Development Certificate (CSDC)

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
IT 101 Programming 1 2 3 3
IT 111 Database Design and SQL 1 2 3 3
Semester 2
IT 102 Programming 2 2 3 3
CPDM 120 Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Programming using Python 2 3 3
Semester 3
XXX XXX Technical Elective 1 2 3 3
XXX XXX Technical Elective 2 2 3 3
Total Credits: 12 18 18


Technical Electives (select 2 courses)
IT 161 Java Programming 1 3
SET 151 C Programming 1 3
IT 117 Web Application Development 1 3

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