Software Development

#1 Best Job in America for 2014 according to U.S. News & World Report.

While all computer scientists analyze clients’ needs in order to design, test, and develop software to meet those needs, there are two specialties available to software developers: computer applications and computer systems. 

  • Computer applications software engineers - develop applications software, typically in the C, C++ and Java languages. About 60% of computer software engineers specialize in applications software.
  • Computer systems software engineers – experts in analyzing the software and infrastructure needs of an organization and then coordinating the construction, expansion, and implementation of the solutions. They may also work for a design house as a member of a team that is assigned to a special project for a client. 

Am I a good fit for this career?

Software engineers rely heavily on the ability to analyze and evaluate technical data. Professionals in this field must have a strong aptitude for mathematics and reasoning, a keen attention to detail, and interpersonal skills in order to work as part of a team and communicate technical details to clients in layman terms.

What are the career opportunities in this field?

Software Development Career Paths

Graduates of the software development program will be prepared for entry-level positions in many computer science-related disciplines.

  • Junior Programmer/Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Internet Developer
  • Junior Database Developer
  • Junior Web Site Developer
  • Web Page Coordinator

Work Environment

Software developers typically work in a comfortable office environment or computer lab. A standard work week is 40-50 hours with occasional periods of longer hours when deadlines must be met or emergency repairs are needed. Those employed in this field most often enjoy full benefits packages from their employers along with a competitive salary. Computer science professionals spend a large amount of time sitting at a computer and therefore may develop computer-related ailments such as eyestrain, back pain and carpal tunnel.

Career Advancement

Advancement in this field is directly related to both education and experience. Software development and Information Technology professionals must stay current with technology trends and software launches and updates, and employers like to see proof of their skills. In order to advance, professionals typically must earn a bachelor-level degree, and in some cases a master degree; careers in the research area of the computer science field require a Ph.D. Additionally, computer science professionals will benefit from obtaining different industry certifications throughout their career and may need to take a prep class or additional coursework geared toward passing the exam(s).

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

In addition to earning a degree, you will have the opportunity to prepare for these important industry credentials during your program!

  • JAVA Programming
  • Sun Certified JAVA Associate (SCJA)
  • Oracle Database Fundamentals
  • CIW Web Foundations Associate

Virtualization is also studied. Through choice of electives, you may also have the foundation for taking other certifications, including CompTIA and Microsoft.

What is the program title, length, and content?

The Herzing University Bachelor of Science in Software Development degree program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the field of software engineering in a variety of entry-level positions. Graduates of this program will also gain the subject knowledge required to pursue post-graduate study in software engineering and related subjects.

The Associate of Science in Software Development can be used as a precursor to the Bachelor's for students who would like to learn more about the field of software engineering before choosing it as their career path.

Software Development Info Chart

Program availability varies by location. 

Program Credits Months
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Software Development 61 20
Bachelor of Science in Software Development With no Minor or Concentration 121 36
Bachelor of Science in Software Development With a Concentration in Computer Programming 121 36
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Associate of Science in Software Development

The Associate of Science in Software Development online program incorporates the fundamentals of programming, networking, troubleshooting, internet application and databases with the general education courses required for an Associate level degree. Graduates of this degree may roll their credits into either the Software Development or Technology Management bachelor programs. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Software Development with No Declared Minor or Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Software Development online degree program is designed for those students wishing to pursue the programming or coding side of computers. Students in this program will be taught how to understand, analyze, test and design the software and systems responsible for the base functionalities of computers. Software engineers design innovative software for businesses and clients, and typically specialize in computer applications software or computer systems software. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Software Development with a Concentration in Computer Programming

The Bachelor of Science in Software Development With a Concentration in Computer Programming employs an integrated and coherent approach that prepares students with the necessary academic knowledge and technical competencies required for a range of positions. The curriculum is focused on designing, implementing, or supporting computer application solutions to problems in industries such as business, homeland security, and health information management. Download Program Course Sheet

Which locations offer this program?

Akron Campus
Atlanta Campus
Birmingham Campus
Brookfield Campus
Kenosha Campus
Madison Campus
Minneapolis Campus
New Orleans Campus
Online Campus
Orlando Campus