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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024

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Computer Software Development, A.A.S.

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Offered at Main Campus

The Computer Software Development program instructs students in the languages of the computer and the operation of the computer as the person analyzes and organizes information. The 21-month (seven-term) program covers preparation in computer languages, application testing and debugging, databases, business systems analysis and communication skills. Hands-on training is provided in areas of  web development, mobile application development and mainframe programming. The program leads to jobs as computer programmers, programmer analysts and systems analysts.

To enroll, complete an application and attend any required academic orientation and information session. This program may be entered at the beginning of Fall and Spring term. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

A laptop computer is required for second term students, preferred for first term students. Laptop computer requirements are available from the department office at (641) 683-5215.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Interact with others in a respectful and professional manner utilizing written and verbal communications.
  2. Understand basic business principles.
  3. Design and document software solutions.
  4. Prepare, analyze and execute various testing methods.
  5. Understand and use structured programming concepts.
  6. Design and create programs using object oriented programming concepts.
  7. Design and create web applications.
  8. Identify and apply current software delivery methodologies.
  9. Demonstrate problem solving and debugging skills.
  10. Create, manipulate, and use various data storage types.
  11. Create programs utilizing Graphical User Interface objects.
  12. Design, develop and manage applications utilizing various software tools.
Program Total: 84 Credits

Total: 14 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 12 Credits

Term IV

  • Non-Internship Option - Credits: 12.00

  • - Credits: 3.00
  • - Credits: 3.00
  • XXX XXX - Emphasis Option - Credits: 3.00

  • GEH XXX - General Education: Humanities - Credits: 3.00

  • Or

  • GEB-XXX-General Education: Behavioral/Social Sciences -  Credits: 3.00


    Internship Option - Credits: 10.00

  • - Credits: 4.00
  • CIS 286 User Experience Design Credits: 3.00

  • GEB-XXX-General Education: Behavioral/Social Sciences -  Credits: 3.00

  • OR

  • GEH XXX - General Education: Humanities - Credits: 3.00

Total: 10-12 Credits

Term V

Total: 12 Credits

Term VI

Total: 10-12 Credits

Term VII

  • - Credits: 3.00
  • GES XXX - General Education: Science - Credits: 3.00*
  • GEW XXX - General Education: Writing - Credits: 3.00 *  OR
  • OR  GEP  XXX -  General Education: Speech - Credits: 3.00 *
  •  XXX XXX - Emphasis Option - Credits: 3.00

Total: 12 Credits

Mobile Development Emphasis Option Required Courses

Webpage Development Emphasis Option Required Courses

Mainframe Programming Emphasis Option Required Courses

Approved Emphasis Elective Courses


In order to complete an Emphasis Option area, 15 Emphasis Course Credits are required from the same Emphasis Option area.

* Refer to General Education Course Requirements (A.A.S.)  for approved courses.

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