Explore Software Development (A.S.)
Software development is an in-demand and high-paying field, and is an ideal career path for driven individuals with technical aptitude. Designed for working adults, Champlain's online associate degree in software development is designed to build upon your existing technical skillset and provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge to confidently move forward in the world of software development.
Build Your Career Future
Through a program that emphasizes hands-on learning putting theory into practice, and working with cutting-edge technologies, you'll gain critical technical skills (including knowledge of 8+ key applications, platforms, and programming languages, listed below) in addition to valuable soft skills such as communication and leadership that will help you stand out as a well-rounded software development professional.
This program is ideal for those looking to enter the software development field, or for those who have found themselves in a related role and are looking for formal training and knowledge. Plus, it's a solid stepping stone toward a full bachelor's degree in software development for those who are returning to school after time away, or embarking on their first degree.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Move Your Software Development Career Forward
Software development occupations are projected to grow 21% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for this in-demand field is over $105,000.*
Graduates of Champlain's online software development associate degree program will be prepared to work in a variety of industries, including computer systems design, manufacturing, finance and insurance, software publishing, and engineering.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: computerscience.org, 2019
Top Jobs for Associate in Software Development Graduates
- Computer and Information System Manager
- Computer Programmer
- Computer Support Specialist
- Computer System Analyst
- Information Security Analyst
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online software development associate degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online software development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's software professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (33 credits):
- Web Page Development I—HTML
- Networking Fundamentals
- Information Systems Analysis and Design
- Introduction to Python
- C++ Programming I (15-week course)
- Relational Database Design & SQL
- C++ Programming II (15-week course)
- Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors
- Data Structures & Algorithms (15-week course)
- Usability in Website and Software Design
- Discrete Mathematics (15-week course)
General Education Courses (27 credits):
- Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
- Interpersonal Communication
- Technical Writing
- Calculus I (15-week course)
- Hum/Sci/Math Elective (3 credits required)
- General Electives (6 credits required)
Software Development Course Descriptions:
From storyboard to form creation, students walk through the steps to create a basic four to five-page website to specification in this course that introduces HTML5 and CSS. Hands-on assignments reinforce skills development and best practices in design: navigation, column layout, image editing and usage, fonts and tables.
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
This course covers the fundamentals of systems analysis while emphasizing the role of communication and other soft skills needed in IT and in business overall to be successful. The topics are useful for anyone who is involved in developing software system requirements and architectures (e.g., users, technical managers, product managers, technical leads, programmers, other software project team members, and clients).
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
This course will introduce students to programming concepts, using a major industry programming language, C++. SDEV-240 covers the history of programming languages, the essentials of the C++ programming language, and how to write effective and efficient programs to solve a variety of real-world problems.
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
The focus of this course is to cover the robust and powerful features of C++ and Object Oriented Programming. These skills will serve as a foundation to transit to develop Client/Server, Database driven applications and simulations.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.
This course covers practical topics as a mean to approach several topics related to data structures, from how to design computer logic to solve problems, to how to manage information storage. The working programming language for this class is C++.
Websites have three functions - to facilitate, enable and persuade - and are only useful if they can connect people and achieve definite goals. In this course, students learn to understand the concept of usability, and the roles of interaction, users, communication and collaboration as well as how to evaluate usability, and observe and test users.
WEBD-215 OR SDEV-230
An introduction to some of the most important concepts, techniques, and structures of discrete mathematics that are necessary for software developers. It requires the use of critical thinking and reasoning procedures in working toward solutions and promotes making mathematical connections across disciplines. Topics include sets, functions, relations, Boolean algebra and matrix algebra.
MATH-125 or high-school equivalent.
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Presents the basic concepts of differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits and the derivative, curve sketching and optimization problems; the product, quotient and chain rules; indefinite and definite integrals; integration by substitution and parts; and differentiation and integration of the exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Appropriate applications are considered.
MATH-125 or high school equivalent
Graduates of the software development associate online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Apply fundamental computer theory to software development practices.
- Manipulate data efficiently to make optimal use of computing resources.
- Apply principles of human-computer interaction, especially user experience (UX), in the design and usability of computer interfaces.
- Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account when selecting, creating, and evaluating computer-based systems.
- Effectively use project management tools and techniques to complete tasks on time and on budget.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
- Object Oriented Programming
- Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
Champlain College Online's software development faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our software development curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s software development professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online associate in software development program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- GE Healthcare
- IBM Corporation
- IBM Microelectronics
- Physician's Computer Company
- Social Security Administration
Titles our alumni hold include:
- IT Specialist
- Sr. Production Technician
- Software Engineer
- Software Support Technician
- Technical Analyst
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Sérgio Tenreiro de MagalhãesPhD
- Cybersecurity (B.S., Undergraduate Certificates)
- Software Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Digital Forensic Science (M.S.)
Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães is Associate Professor and Chair of Cybersecurity at Champlain College Online.
Prior to Champlain, Dr. Magalhães was a researcher of the Software Engineering and Management Group (SEMAG) of the Algoritmi Research Center (University of Minho) and an Assistant Professor of the Catholic University of Portugal - Braga. He is a member and reviewer of a number of organizations, including the NATO Multinational Cyber Defense Education and Training project and the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.
Dr. Magalhães has a PhD in Information Systems and Technologies from the University of Minho (Portugal). His research interests focus on information security, intelligence and performance monitoring, and has published widely on security-related topics.
"I chose Champlain because it gave me the flexibility I needed. The accelerated format offers a great way to reach your goals faster, and makes earning your degree or certificate a realistic achievement that truly is obtainable."
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