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Computer Software Development Certificate (CSDC)


The Computer Software Development certificate assists individuals seeking the software development skills needed in industry today. Students gain practical knowledge and experience in the software development process and methods using relevant, current programming languages, databases, and database query languages.

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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Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Design and write computer programs using programming languages: .NET, Python, Java, C, and C++
  • Develop applications using the Object-Oriented Programming Methodology
  • Design, develop, and maintain databases using Microsoft SQL Server
  • Write complex queries of databases using SQL
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business/system analysis and design methodologies such as Agile
  • Develop on various platforms and operating systems such as .NET, Windows, LINUX, and IBM Power Systems

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

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

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$40,000 - $60,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

Graduates with software development skills are in high demand locally and nationally. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer systems analysts and programmers is projected to grow 24 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include cooperative education


Effective 2019-2020 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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