Online Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Software Design and Programming

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Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Software Development with Software Design and Programming Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program2. 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.

Questions? We can help!

What You'll Learn

DeVry’s Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming is designed to help you develop the skills needed to build and maintain software products. You’ll learn the methods used to build software, the types of programming languages required for various applications, and how software packages are tested. Specifically, this program covers the following:

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    Communicate Methods and Findings

    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
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    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments

    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
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    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
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    Data Analysis

    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
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    Digital Literacy

    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
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    Applications and Algorithms

    Learn the principles and concepts of developing programs and algorithms that support typical business processing activities and needs such as transaction processing, report generation and solving algorithmic problems.
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    Advanced Strategies for Software Development

    Explore best practices in the implementation phase of the software development life cycle (SDLC). Using UML/OOAD, learn to program, test and implement a product that meets approved specifications.
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    Information Security and Mobile Devices

    Focus on protecting information on mobile devices, types of mobile devices, risks, encryption, information at rest and in motion, attack scenarios and defense-in-depth controls.
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    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.
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    Advanced Programming Techniques for App Development

    Study programming language concepts and design principles of programming paradigms as related to mobile operating systems for application development.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Ready to earn two additional credentials with our unique3-in-1 design? Courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are embedded within our online Software Development program. Allowing you to earn a certificate and an associate degree on the way to your bachelor's degree.

Prepare for Industry Certifications

At DeVry, we’re here to help you make the most of your education and advance your career. Earn an online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming and be prepared to take certification exams including:

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates from DeVry’s online Software Development program with a Software Design and Programming specialization may consider entry level opportunities in positions, such as:

  • Scientific Software Programmer

  • Software Application Developer

  • Software Developer and Programmer

  • Software Programmer and Analyst

  • Software Systems Developer

  • Web Developer and Programmer

General Education Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication


LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
MATH234 Discrete Math in Information Technology
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Security

Program Courses

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS150 Programming with Objects
CEIS209 Intermediate Programming
CEIS236 Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
CEIS295 Data Structures and Algorithms
CIS355A Business Application Programming with Lab

Analysis and Design

BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
CEIS310 Process Improvement with Machine Learning
CEIS312 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession
MGMT404 Project Management
TECH460 Senior Project

Specialized Courses

Software Design and Programming

CEIS200 Software Engineering I
CEIS320 Introduction to Mobile Device Programming
CEIS400 Software Engineering II
CEIS420 Programming Languages and Advanced Techniques

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Related Programs

1Local growth will vary by location.
2As 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.

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.