Computer Software Development Certificate (CSDC)


The Computer Software Development certificate assists individuals seeking the software development skills needed in industry today, by focusing on current software development languages and approaches, object-oriented programming concepts, and database theory.

This certificate is intended for experienced programmers looking to update or retool their skills, or for individuals preparing to enter the Information Technology field who already have a bachelor's degree in a different discipline.

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

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Employment Options

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 Starting Salary Projections

$35,000 - $75,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of computer systems analysts and programmers is projected to grow 22 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 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.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include cooperative education


Effective 2018-2019 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
XXX-XXX Technical Track Elective 1   2 3 3
Semester 3      
CPDM 210 System Analysis and Design 2 3 3
XXX-XXX Technical Track Elective 2   2 3 3
Total Credits:   12 18 18


Technical Track Electives (Choose courses from 1 track)  
Java Programming Track
IT 161 Java Programming 1 3
IT 162 Java Programming 2 3
C Programming Track
SET 252 C Programming 2 3
SET 253 C Programming 3 3
Web Application Programming Track
IT 117 Web Application Development 1 3
IT 118 Web Application Development 2 3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Robert (Bob) Nields, MBA
(513) 569-1653
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