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 degree program provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and learn skills to help prepare 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) specialization 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.

For the fourth year in a row, CTU’s online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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  • Degree Requirements

    Courses - Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS126 Unix Fundamentals 4
    CS250 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
    CS251 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
    CS362 Structured Query Language for Data Management 4
    CSS150 Introduction to Computer Security 4
    EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4
    IT106 Introduction to Programming Logic 4
    IT140 Introduction to Operating Systems and Client/Server Environments 4
    IT Elective
    IT190 Introduction to IT 4
    IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4
    IT254 Spreadsheet Applications 4
    IT401 Information Technology Architectures 4
    IT425 Systems Analysis, Design and Integration 4
    MPM210 Introduction to Project Management 6
    Total Credit Hours: 54
    Courses - General Education
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 4.5
    ELEELEHUMN Humanities Elective 4.5
    ELEELESCI Science Elective 4.5
    ELEELESCI1 Science Elective 1 4.5
    ELEELESCILAB Science Lab Elective 1.5
    ELEELESCILAB1 Science Lab Elective 1 1.5
    ELEELESOC Social Science Elective 4.5
    ELEELEUS US History/US Government Elective 4.5
    ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5
    MATH109 Introduction to Algebra 4.5
    MATH112 Analytic College Algebra 4.5
    MATH225 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics 4.5
    PHIL101 Introduction to Ethics 4.5
    SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5
    UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5
    HUMELE Humanities Elective 4.5
    Total Credit Hours: 66
    Courses: Specialization
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS230 Data Structures 4
    CS346 User Interface Design 4
    CS377 Object Oriented Methods 4
    CS455 Software Requirements Engineering 4
    CS457 Software Design 4
    CS459 Software Testing 4
    SWE400 Software Construction 4
    SWE410 Software Processes 4
    SWE440 Software Project Management 4
    IT Elective
    SWE441 Human Elements in Projects and Organizations 4
    IT Elective (4) 4
    SWE481 Software Engineering Capstone I 4
    Programming Track Choose a Programming Track from the list below 20
    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
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    MPM332 Organizational Leadership 4
    MPM344 Project Risk Management 4
    MPM346 Contracts and Procurement 4
    MPM357 Project Performance and Quality Assurance 4
    MPM434 Project Scheduling and Cost 6
    MPM468 HR Project Management 6
    Courses: Software Application Programming Tracks
    Java Track
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    IT151 Introduction to Java Programming I 4
    IT152 Introduction to Java Programming II 4
    IT251 Intermediate Java Programming I 4
    IT252 Intermediate Java Programming II 4
    IT351 Advanced Java Programming 4
    C# Track
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS116 C# Programming 4
    CS216 Intermediate C# Programming 4
    CS316 Advanced C# Programming 4
    EM Elective Choose 2 courses in Emerging Media from list below 8
    Visual Basic Track
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    EBUS115 Visual Basic Programming 4
    EBUS215 Intermediate Visual Basic Programming 4
    IT410 Web Page-Based Database Application Programming With Visual Basic 4
    EM Elective Choose 2 courses in Emerging Media from list below 8
    Emerging Media course electives
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    EM218 Web Development II 4
    EM228 Scripting for the Web 4
    EM325 Multi-Media Development for the Web 4
    EM328 Server-Side Scripting for the Web 4

    Total Credit Hours: 184

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    *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

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Design, create, evaluate, and evolve enterprise architectures
      Solve complex problems through the ability to program in at least one high level programming language
    • Implement the goals, processes and techniques of software engineering through the development of a software application or using other software application supported by a project plan
    • Integrate applications, technology and devices to support Web development and augment solutions through the evaluation of emerging media and emerging technology
    • Apply project management concepts such as risk management, planning, scheduling, team building, leadership, project control, quality assurance, scope management, and change control
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