Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Software Application Programming

Information Technology specialists use technology like networking infrastructure management, software application testing, and web development to solve a wide range of business challenges. Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Software Application Programming (BSIT-SAP) degree program provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and learn skills necessary for a career in this industry.

The BSIT-SAP curriculum is built on a foundation of essential IT concepts and practices, including networking and UNIX fundamentals, spreadsheet applications, database systems, and structured query language for data management. The Software Applications Programming (SAP) concentration uses the JAVA programming language as its core programming language, supported by additional coursework related to analysis, design, testing, and overall implementation. The program focuses on the processes and techniques of software engineering toward the goal of software application development.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    A Look into the IT Program

    Students working on their BSIT-Software Application Programming degree at CTU begin by fulfilling their general education requirements in classes like algebra, the social sciences, and writing. Students then move on to their core IT classes that introduce them to UNIX fundamentals, computer security, programming logic and website development. As they advance through their four-year degree, they start work in their area of specialization, which requires students to take the following courses:

    • Introduction to Java Programming I and II
    • Intermediate Java Programming I and II
    • Advanced Java Programming
    • Software Design
    • Software Testing

    Students also need to complete a capstone project to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained over the length of their coursework. Students work with their peers as a team to be able to create and develop a software system from start to finish.

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses - Core
    CS126Unix Fundamentals4
    CS251Fundamentals of Database Systems4
    CS362Structured Query Language for Data Management4
    CSS150Introduction to Computer Security4
    EM200Introduction to Website Development4
    IT106Introduction to Programming Logic4
    IT140Introduction to Operating Systems and Client/Server Environments4
    IT Elective
    IT190Introduction to IT4
    IT204Fundamentals of Networking4
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    IT401Information Technology Architectures4
    IT425Systems Analysis, Design and Integration4
    MPM210Introduction to Project Management6
    Total Credit Hours:54
    Courses - General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    ELEELEHUMNHumanities Elective4.5
    ELEELESCIScience Elective4.5
    ELEELESCI1Science Elective 14.5
    ELEELESCILABScience Lab Elective1.5
    ELEELESCILAB1Science Lab Elective 11.5
    ELEELESOCSocial Science Elective4.5
    ELEELEUSUS History/US Government Elective4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
    MATH109Introduction to Algebra4.5
    MATH112Analytic College Algebra4.5
    MATH225Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    HUMELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Specialization
    CS230Data Structures4
    CS346User Interface Design4
    CS377Object Oriented Methods4
    CS455Software Requirements Engineering4
    CS457Software Design4
    CS459Software Testing4
    IT151Introduction to Java Programming I4
    IT152Introduction to Java Programming II4
    IT251Intermediate Java Programming I4
    IT252Intermediate Java Programming II4
    IT351Advanced Java Programming4
    SWE400Software Construction4
    SWE410Software Processes4
    SWE440Software Project Management4
    IT Elective
    SWE441Human Elements in Projects and Organizations4
    IT Elective 2 (4)
    SWE481Software Engineering Capstone I4
    Total Credit Hours:64
    Students choosing a Project Management focus will take the courses listed below in the Project Management track in place of CS377, CS459, SWE400, SWE410, SWE440, SWE441, SWE481
    MPM332Organizational Leadership4
    MPM344Project Risk Management4
    MPM346Contracts and Procurement4
    MPM357Project Performance and Quality Assurance4
    MPM434Project Scheduling and Cost6
    MPM468HR Project Management6

    Total Credit Hours: 184

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    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    Outcomes for the Software Application Programming Specialization

    Individuals graduating with a BSIT-SAP degree from CTU should be able to demonstrate their skills in several different ways when they finish their program, including:

    • Build a web application using JAVA EE
    • Understand object-oriented analysis and design
    • Explain how user profiling, prototyping and usability testing work
    • Lead a software management project through various steps, such as planning, control and risk management

    Individuals who complete the 184 quarter-credit BSIT-SAP degree with may be able to seek employment in one of the following positions upon graduation3:

    • Applications Developer or Engineer
    • Network Security Engineer
    • Software Developer or Engineer
    • Systems Analyst or Engineer
    • Test Engineer

    Of course a degree never guarantees a job, but an education can be essential to compete in the field.

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