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Computer Information Systems

Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Software Programming

Code a New Skillset for Your Future

It’s hard to think of an industry that doesn’t have a computer information system at its core. DeVry University’s Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Programming is designed to help you prepare to pursue a variety of technology-focused careers across a broad range of industries. Our software programming specialization is anchored with our Tech Core approach, which is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences that give you a solid foundation in technology.

Get to Know Our Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Software Programming

The Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Software Programming is designed to help you build a foundation of interdisciplinary skills you’ll need for today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy. You’ll learn relevant skills in operating systems, programming, hardware, connectivity and security. These skills will give you a foundation in engineering technology, information technology and software and information systems.

Learn about the protocols and techniques necessary to program, document, test and debug applications and software packages. Our experienced professors will also help you understand how software is conceived, specified and designed for an end user.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Why DeVry?

Why Choose Information Systems Security at DeVry

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program1. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:


CompTIA A+
CompTIA Linux+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Cloud+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

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Minimum Completion Time*
2 year
8 months
Normal Completion Time
4 years


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Bachelor's Degree in as few as 2 year 8 months*.

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 4 years.**

*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12-19 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks.
**Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 12-19 credit hours per semester.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

This Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Software Programming covers the following:

  • Software Development
    Study the tools needed to design, build and test software. Learn quality assurance techniques, assurance techniques, process improvement, maintenance and ethics. Discover how to implement software, manage projects and meet approved specifications.
  • Python
    Learn how to use this popular computer programming language for more complex software development projects, most commonly used for financial services, data analysis, scripting, scientific research, system integrations and web- or AI-based business applications.
  • SQL
    Study Structured Query Language, an important language for any database designer to master. SQL is used to manipulate and organize data in a database and is a foundational skill for a career in data analytics or data science.
  • HTML
    Learn HyperText Markup Language (HTML), a language for document display in a web browser.
  • Java
    Add to your coding skills by learning the popular object-oriented coding language of Java. Used to create programs which can be run on different platforms and devices, Java enables the creation of web applications that run in a browser or a virtual machine.
  • JavaScript
    Learn to use JavaScript, the language most often used to develop websites that are interactive and user-friendly. It is often the core component of web browsers and integrates with HTML.
  • C++
    Understand this all-purpose programming language that is often used to create applications for a wide variety of industries. C++ is used to create fast and efficient programs.
  • CSS
    Learn CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which is supported by modern internet browsers and lets developers control the look and feel of a web site. It is used to create responsive websites that function well on different devices.
  • Data Structure and Algorithms
    Become familiar with the types of structures in which data is stored, algorithms used to manipulate data, and basic techniques for modeling.
  • Mobile Device Programming
    Understand and apply mobile operating systems programming Explore the Android and the iOS operating systems with the goal of creating an application Study menu systems, user interfaces, 2D graphics, and audio.
  • Product, Project, and People Management
    Learn basic concepts of project management in an organization and explore both technical and human aspects of projects.
  • Networking
    Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet. This topic also covers networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching and small network configuration and troubleshooting.
  • Routing
    Understand router configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. Explore Internet protocol (IP) addressing techniques, routing protocols; IPv4 and IPv6, and access control lists (ACLs), and network address translation (NAT).
  • Switching
    Understand switch configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. Explore Ethernet frame switching techniques, switch-port security, virtual area networks (VLANs) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).
  • Logic and Design
    Study basic programming logic and algorithm design, including control structures for sequential, iterative and decision-based processing. Learn how computers think in order to set up complex patterns and controls.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
Embedded Programs

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Interested in earning your degree in software programming? Our unique 3-in-1 design allows you to earn an additional two credentials. All courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are embedded within this program. So you can earn a certificate and an associate degree on the way to your Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) with a Specialization in Software Programming at DeVry.*

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

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Career Opportunities in Software Programming

Graduates of our Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Software Programming may consider careers such as:
  • Computer systems analyst

    Computer systems analysts assist programmers as they build computer systems, and analyze them to find areas for improvement.

  • Computer programmer

    Computer programmers write code that ensure systems and programs function properly.

  • Front-end and back-end developer

    A front-end developer designs and builds the elements of an application or site that a user sees. Back-end developers work on programming the hidden elements that help power the application.

  • Software consultant

    Software consultants use programming knowledge to analyze the code created by software developers. They suggest areas for improvement and may contribute code to the final piece of software.

  • Software developer

    Software developers create software through the use of programming languages. They are also responsible for designing the user interface and functionality of the software they create.

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Skill Focused Curriculum

Elements of the curriculum are aligned to industry certifications to help you validate your knowledge and skills as you prepare to pursue such certification exams as:

  • CompTIA A+

    This certification shows that you are capable of performing a variety of basic IT tasks related to computer hardware and software.

  • CompTIA Linux+

    This certification proves that you are able to use Linux operating systems. This OS is a favorite of programmers and is highly customizable, making it a valuable certification for programmers.

  • CompTIA Network+

    This certification verifies that you can perform a variety of basic networking skills. Programming skills are touched upon, as programming is a critical element of networking.

  • CompTIA Cloud+

    This certification confirms that you know how to use cloud-based applications and are comfortable with a general usage of the cloud. As the cloud continues to grow in importance, this certification will become valuable for anyone in the tech field.

Program Courses

Software Programming Specialization

General Education Courses
Communication Skills
Advanced Composition
Technical Writing

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication
Technology, Society, and Culture

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Principles of Economics
Culture and Society

+ Choose one below:

Environmental Sociology
Cultural Diversity in the Professions
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Applied Physics with Lab
Data-Driven Decision-Making
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Security
Program Courses
Information Systems and Programming
Programming with Objects
Intermediate Programming
Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
AI-Driven Business Application Coding
Business Application Programming with Lab
Information Technology and Networking
Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security 
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Ethical Hacking
Penetration Testing
Career Preparation
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Preparation for the Profession
Project Management
Senior Project
Specialized Courses
Software Programming
Software Engineering I
Data Structures and Algorithms
Introduction to Mobile Device Programming
Software Engineering II
Programming Languages and Advanced Techniques

2 Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
3 Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.

Software Programming FAQs

A bachelor's in software programming is a degree that is focused on teaching students how to use programming languages to create software. This type of degree can be extremely versatile as the programming languages learned during the course of the program can be applied to software across a variety of industries.

There are many reasons to get a bachelor's in software programming. First, people with a bachelor's degree of any kind tend to earn more than those who have only a high school diploma, making a bachelor's degree a worthwhile pursuit. Additionally, software programming is a fast growing field, and is expected to increase its workforce, on a national level, by 25% (411,400 jobs) between 2021 and 2031 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. With a bachelor's degree in this field, you may be able to capitalize on this ongoing industry boom.


Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Network Systems Administration, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
2 Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
3 Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
4Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.