Explore Software Development
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 bachelor's degree in software development is designed to build upon your existing technical skillset and take you further with a new specialized body of knowledge with truly endless applications.
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 over 23 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. You'll also have the opportunity to differentiate your degree through a certificate in a specialization of your choice in C++ Programming, or Software Development.
Fast Start Formula Career Offerings
Increasing your career mobility is at the center of everything we do. As an online bachelor's degree student, you get free access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course for getting noticed and getting hired, taught by Jen Morris, a leading executive career coach that partners with us to support our students in their job search journeys. This online course is self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love. Jen also hosts live webinars to answer specific questions, share additional insights, and does live "hot seat" coaching.
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Champlain College Online is consistently ranked among the best online programs by US News & World Report
Ranked among the Most Affordable Software Engineering programs
Ranked among the Best Online Colleges for Value for Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree programs
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What Can You Do With A Degree In Software Development?
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 degree program will be prepared to work in a variety of industries, including computer systems design, manufacturing, finance and insurance, software publishing, and engineering.
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: ComputerScience.org
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Software Development Graduates
- Computer Programmer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online software development bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online software development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's software development professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Note: Some of the courses in this program are available in 15-week terms only. Please contact your advisor for details.
Professional Courses (60 credits)
Technical Electives (12 credits)
General Education Courses (30 credits)
Science Literacy (4 credits)
Human Thought & Creative Expression (3 credits)
Human Behavior & Social Institutions (3 credits)
Historical Perspectives (3 credits)
General Electives (5 credits)
Note: Some of the courses in this program are available in 15-week terms only. Please contact your advisor for details.
Professional Courses (60 Credits):
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.
This course will introduce foundation subject matter and technologies that are critical to the multidisciplinary landscape of cybersecurity.
Complete CMIT-130 and CMIT-135.
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++.
In this course, students must use previously acquired and new, advanced skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) to modify an existing database to the needs of a client. Students write stored procedures and common table expressions, and learn to debug, rollback and use system stored procedures.
In this class, students learn how to make use of the flexibility provided by the Linux operating system by learning how to program for the Linux/Unix platforms. The course dives deeper into some aspects of the Unix architecture and the Linux Shell. Students can use a variety of editors including GNU Emacs, GEdit and VI, to develop scripts using CSH, SED and BASH. The POSIX standard serves as framework for all the work developed in this course.
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
This is a course where students have the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the other classes, through a self-direct project, where students apply concepts of business strategy, project management, and system analysis to create a fully documented product developed in C++, Java or Visual C#.
CMIT-200 AND one of these three courses: SDEV-340, SDEV-355 or SDEV-360, Must have 90 completed credits.
Cloud computing has become increasingly central to Information Security (IS) strategies both at the corporate and personal level. It unifies a variety of technologies to provide businesses a method to improve business efficiency and reduce costs. This course will cover concepts, protocols and implementation details for working with and implementing cloud technologies within an organization.
Through this course, students learn about what makes up an operating system and the various threats to that operating system and, by extension, the user. The focus of this course is on CentOS Linux and Windows Server.
SDEV 385 is about how operating systems work. Students study the main concepts regarding OS architecture, including memory management, Virtual management, scheduling and concurrency. The operational tools in this class are the Linux operating system and the C++ programming language.
Project Management is the formal application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project-based activities to meet organizational requirements. Project management is accomplished through the use of processes such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. Project managers can divide projects into these phases to provide better management control with appropriate links to the ongoing operations of the organization. Collectively, these phases, known as the project life cycle, form the foundation for the practice of project management and are guided by the Body of Knowledge from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Project schedules allow managers, team members, and stakeholders to track progress, set and manage expectations, communicate, control costs, and collaborate. Tasks and deliverables can be monitored and controlled to ensure timely delivery-and if any delays do occur, project managers can easily gauge their impact and make the necessary adjustments. Central to the schedule is a detailed understanding of the project budget, and working to control costs and manage stakeholder expectations.
Understanding financial statements and how to interpret them is important to all those working in businesses. In this course students learn the relationship among financial statements; study how to interpret this information and to apply this understanding in real-world contexts; and learn how to use financial information to help make sound management decisions.
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
General Education Courses (30 Credits):
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to become effective and versatile communicators across media and settings. Students will examine and respond to a range of interpersonal situations through the critical evaluation of the three essential components of all communication: its purpose, audience, and context. Students will leave the course with the ability to reflect on and adapt their strategies to successfully and consistently communicate for a range of purposes across diverse settings.
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary group communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to communicate effectively in small groups and teams for the cooperative purpose of advancing common goals. Students will draw on listening and responding strategies learned in COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication and apply them to communicating as a leader or member of a small group. They will also learn how to recognize and manage the types of conflicts that can arise in small groups. Prerequisite: COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
Students will learn to navigate the rapidly changing nature of communication in the digital age, deeply engaging with tools such as instant messaging, social networks, blogs and collaborative spaces online, all the while applying specific communication theories in order to determine best practices. Through reading, discussion and intensive hands-on projects, students will work to overcome online communication barriers and gain critical understanding of which tools are effective in which situations. Students will be required to download, access and utilize various online communication tools.
COM-100 or COMM-130 and 30 completed credits or 60 completed credits
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts needed to communicate effectively in writing for academic study and professional development. Students will learn how to use the four stages of the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--to create written communication that meets its intended purpose for its intended audience. Students will also be introduced to rhetorical modes and their role in the development of written communication. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
This course builds on students' proficiency in the writing process and rhetorical modes to introduce the use of evidence from sources in written communication. Students will learn to determine the need for evidence from sources, identify types of information resources, develop effective search strategies, and incorporate evidence from sources in written communication legally and ethically. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
Complete ENGL-100 with a minimum grade of C or better
This course will introduce students to major streams of social justice thought, including historical social justice movements, theoretical problems having to do with social equality, personal freedom, marginalization, and stigmatization, and the ways in which civic and professional communities respond to these issues.
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
Students will learn the concepts, techniques, and structures of discrete mathematics necessary for the software engineer, including logic, sets, functions, relations, Boolean algebra, and combinatorics. The course also introduces the concept of mathematical proof.
Complete MATH-125 with a minimum grade of B- OR complete MATH-210
This course builds on students' proficiency in using evidence from sources to support their own prior knowledge to using evidence from sources to develop persuasive communication for a range of purposes, including solving problems and pursuing opportunities in the workplace, in addition to academic study. Students will learn to articulate effective inquiry questions, recognize errors in logic, interpret the validity of persuasive communication created by others, and develop effective persuasive communication of their own using evidence from sources. The role of accurate citation of sources in persuasive communication will also be addressed. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL-100 The Writing Process & ENGL-110 Introduction to Using Evidence from Sources in Writing.
Complete ENGL-100 and ENGL-110 with a minimum grade of C.
In this course, adult students demonstrate skills and knowledge from work and other life experiences in order to request credit for a specified degree requirement. Students use the conceptual framework of argumentation to make a logical case for credit in an e-portfolio. The portfolio will identify the context for the student's learning in the subject matter, trace its progression over time, and explain how the learning is equivalent to the specified CCO degree requirement. The student will then demonstrate proficiency in each course learning outcome and integrate the learning outcomes in a relevant case study. To achieve a course pass, the completed portfolio must demonstrate course outcome proficiency according to the framework and criteria described above. Portfolios meeting these criteria will be submitted to a faculty subject matter expert for evaluation.
Full admission into a CCO degree program, ENGL 111, ENGL 112, and approved PLA plan. Students within 12 credits of degree completion are not eligible to take CRIT 200.
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
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
Choose One Science Literacy Course (4 Credits):
Introduces students to the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and exercise. Emphasis will be placed on human body systems such as musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory, and their relationship to nutrition and fitness. Students will also study the biochemistry of energy conversion as it relates to exercise physiology. Laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce, by a hands-on approach, the principles discussed in lecture. Course includes two laboratory hours per week.
Students learn the biology, genetics, chemistry, and physics involved in the forensic investigation of crimes. A wide range of topics are studied including DNA, entomology, fingerprinting, trace evidence, serology (blood, saliva, and semen), blood spatter, and chemical analysis of drugs, alcohol, and other compounds. Students apply their new knowledge of forensic science through the use of case studies and laboratories. This course includes two laboratory hours per week.
If you have taken FOR-110 you may not take this lab science course.
Choose One Human Thought & Creative Expression Course (3 Credits):
With pressure and release, a window opens and closes, recording light on a sensor. The simple action captures the instinct, judgement, and skill of the person behind the lens. This class will begin a study of the art and craft of photography. Students will develop their vision and their understanding of how to achieve it. Solid skills will be learned and many doors will be opened.
A survey of the continuing change experienced in art since the 15th century. Students will examine how an image is achieved as well as the significance of the subject represented. Individual inquiry concerning the nature of art is encouraged.
Students learn to appreciate films through the critical analysis of various elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. The course introduces the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema, considers the work of one major director (auteur), and surveys selected international and independent films. Students view and discuss films each week.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
A study of fiction of various lengths, with an emphasis on plot techniques, character development, style, point of view, setting, structure, theme, and artistic unity. Continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENGL-112 OR COR-125
An introduction to the major literary genres: poetry, drama and fiction. Selections are chosen from American, European and non-Western literature. The emphasis of this course is on improving the student's ability to read perceptively and write effectively . A continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENG-110, ENGL-112 OR COR-125
Choose One Human Behavior & Social Institutions Course (3 Credits):
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.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
Historical Perspectives Course (3 Credits):
Students will study important themes in the social history of the United States since the Civil War. This course allows students to expand their critical thinking skills through an examination of primary and secondary sources. Themes might include: the evolving status of women; the immigrant experience; the concept of the American dream; the paradox of freedom vs. slavery; the minority experience; the tensions between social classes. Students will be evaluated primarily on writing assignments.
Graduates of the software development bachelor's online degree program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Analyze computer users' needs to design, construct, test, and maintain computer application software and systems.
- Write, test, and maintain computer programs and web applications in at least three languages.
- Build web-enabled applications.
- Effectively use databases and database management systems to organize, store, and retrieve data for use by the application software and websites.
- Assess the application development and deployment challenges involved in adopting various cloud architectures.
- Create software and web applications that can be used intuitively by a wide range of users.
- Lead and participate effectively in teams during the software development process.
- Use appropriate resource to stay abreast of the latest industry development tools and techniques.
- Write programs that make use of the operating system associated with that program, taking into account security, networking and hardware interfaces, concurrent processing, embedded systems and multi-threading.
- 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.
- CentOS Linux
- GNU Emacs
- Object Oriented Programming
- OS Architecture
- Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
- Visual C#
- Windows Server
Students who have earned the CISSP Certification are eligible for transfer credits toward this degree. Please speak to an admission representative or your academic advisor for details.
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 bachelor's in software development program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Cisco Systems
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- GE Healthcare
- Geometry Global
- IBM Corporation
- New York Air Brake
- Precision Interconnect
- Railterm Corporation
- Red Hat, Inc.
- United Wireless
- Vermont Department of Education
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Advisory Software Engineer
- Operations Manager
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Senior Engineering Technician
- Senior Software Developer
- Senior Systems Administrator
- Software Engineer
- Software Technician
- Solutions Architect
- SQL Report Writer
- System Administrator
- Web Developer
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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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