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Software Development Degree Program

Software development is the #13 Best Job in America for 2016 according to U.S. News & World Report.

Today nearly all businesses rely on computer software to streamline operations, improve workflow and drive innovation. If you’re looking to start a new career or advance your career in information technology, Herzing has the undergraduate degree programs to help you move ahead.

Become a Software Developer Online

Our programs are designed for people who want to write code – from websites and mobile applications to software applications that can run on any platform or device – and support the technology needs of businesses in a wide variety of industries. Earning an online information technology degree is a great first step on the path to this rewarding career.  Herzing University offers a software developer degree program that can be completed fully online or combined with on campus courses at select locations.

At Herzing you have choices to match your career and educational goals to the software development degree program that's right for you. Choose from 3-year bachelor's or 2-year software developer degree programs with a pathway to continue your education to advance your career.

Through Herzing's program you will:

  • Learn multiple programming languages to better prepare for the workforce
  • Gain a strong foundation to help you prepare for industry certifications
  • Have the opportunity to get a "jump start" on your Herzing MBA  by earning up to 12 graduate credits while completing your Herzing bachelor's degree

Additionally, through our academic alliances, students are provided with extra learning resources, discounted certification exams and free computer software while you are earning your degree.

Should I pursue a degree in software development?

If you enjoy problem solving, possess critical thinking skills and have a keen attention to detail, earning a software development degree could be right for you. Software engineers rely heavily on the ability to analyze and evaluate technical data. Professionals in this field must have a strong aptitude for reasoning, be detail-oriented and possess interpersonal skills in order to work as part of a team and communicate technical details to clients. 

Software Development Career Paths

As a graduate of Herzing's software technology degree program you will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of computer science-related disciplines.

Possible career titles include:

  • Web Developer
  • Systems Developer I
  • Junior Applications Developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer

Work Environment

Software developers typically work in a comfortable office environment or computer lab. A standard workweek 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 the computer software field is directly related to both education and experience. This bachelor's degree is only the beginning. Software Engineering and Information Technology professionals must stay current with technology trends and software launches and updates, and employers like to see proof of their skills. To advance, professionals typically must earn a bachelor-level software development degree, and in some cases a master's 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 the Software Development program prepare you for?

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

  • Oracle Certified Java Programmer (formerly SCJA)
  • Oracle Database  Administrator Certified Associate
  • CIW Database Design Specialist
  • CIW Web  Design Specialist
  • CIW Site Development Associate 
  • C++ Certified Associate Programmer
  • MTA: Security Fundamentals
  • MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
  • Oracle Database Fundamentals

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

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.

This degree program 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 Program Information

Program availability varies by location. 

ProgramCreditsMonths
Bachelor of Science in Software Development12136
Bachelor of Science in Software Development With a Concentration in Computer Programming12136
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Software Development6020
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Bachelor of Science in Software Development 

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 gain the knowledge and skills 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. 

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

Focused on designing, implementing or supporting computer applications, Herzing University's Bachelor of Science in Software Development with a Concentration in Computer Programming curriculum prepares students with the necessary academic knowledge and technical competencies required for a wide range of technology positions in industries such as business, homeland security, and health information management. 

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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. This program is a first step toward an entry-level software developer career. Graduates of this degree may roll their credits into either the Software Development or Technology Management bachelor's degree programs for greater career opportunities.

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What certifications/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!

  • Oracle Certified JAVA Programmer (formerly SCJA)
  • Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate
  • CIW Database Design Specialist
  • CIW Web Design Specialist
  • CIW Site Development Associate
  • C++ Certified Associate Programmer
  • MTA: Security Fundamentals
  • MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

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

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