From our smartphones to our office computers to our personal desktops, software is integral to so many of the daily activities in our lives. The apps, websites, databases, and programs that keep our world running are built, improved, and maintained by skilled software developers.

About Salem’s Software Development Bachelor’s Degree

Salem University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program with a specialization in Software Development has been designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter this exciting field and advance in their careers in the technology industry. Our online software engineering degree program offers a supportive, diverse experience that combines classroom instruction by experienced faculty with skills-building exercises and real-world applications. A BSCS degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).

We’ve designed our bachelor’s degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule. Salem offers STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the US Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the Nation and the World.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development?

A bachelor’s degree in computer science with an emphasis in software development can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:

  • Software Programmer
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Systems Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • Game Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Webmaster
  • Database Administrator or Architect

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development?

Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program focuses on the design, development, and maintenance of software systems. Students study the fundamental concepts of computer science, including programming languages, algorithms, data structures, operating systems, software engineering, and advanced techniques. The online software development degree specialization focuses on advanced techniques of developing and maintaining software applications and systems. As part of our university’s mission, we maintain a global perspective throughout your curriculum, so that you are better prepared to enter the modern workforce. Everything is brought together in a capstone project during your senior year of your bachelor’s degree in software engineering, where you will demonstrate your mastery of the topics and skills you’ve learned.

In your specialized Software Development courses, you’ll cover topics like:

  • The methods of software design, development, and verification beyond any particular coding language, including object-oriented design, the use of APIs, and testing and verification
  • Advanced programming fundamentals, like lists, stacks and queues; binary trees, recursion, common algorithms, generic programming, and the use of class hierarchies
  • Data structures and algorithms, with a focus on algorithm design and analysis and the relationships between data representation, algorithm design, and program efficiency
  • Computer network security, starting with cryptography, cryptanalysis, and system security, and building to a wide range of security areas
  • The implementation of modern programming languages, including compiler design and construction, scanning, parsing, semantic analysis, and code generation

What Software Development Classes Will I Take?

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program with a specialization in Software Development requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core computer science credits that include:

  • CS100 Principles of Computer Science
  • CS110 Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • CS120 Fundamentals of Computation
  • CS130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • CS150 Introduction to Programming
  • CS310 Database Architectures
  • CS350 Operating Systems
  • CS409 Networking
  • CS445 Project Management
  • CS499 Senior Capstone

You’ll also take 15 credits in the Software Development specialization:

  • CS323 Methods of Software Development
  • CS325 Intermediate Programming
  • CS330 Data Structures & Algorithms
  • CS420 Information Systems Security
  • CS435 Compilers & Languages

How Long Will It Take to Get My Software Development Bachelor’s Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree with a specialization in Software Development in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. Please contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your Bachelor of Science in Computer Science — Software Development degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information.