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Computer Software Development

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek and Springfield locations.

Information technology is one of the fastest-growing career fields today. The Computer Software Development curriculum focuses on programming, database, and web design.  Students learn to analyze, design, and develop solutions to business problems through the use of technology.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students, and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional terms of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Computer Software Development, a graduate will be able to do the following:

  • Analyze information system requirements and design appropriate software solutions.
  • Write computer programs to implement information systems designs.
  • Develop database systems to meet business data requirements.
  • Design and create web sites.
  • Find and correct errors in the design and implementation of software solutions.

Scholastic Preparation
Computer Software Development students need a high school algebra background equivalent to CPE 0600, Algebra I.  Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800, Computer Fundamentals, as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810, Beginning Keyboarding, or ITS 1210, Keyboarding/Word Processing.

Degree Availability
Most courses in the curriculum are available online or in hybrid format (part online, part classroom).  Most courses in the first year of the program are available at the Greene Center and in Springfield as well as online. Most of the second-year courses are available in the evening as well as online. Some courses may be available at only one location. Some courses are offered only once a year. Contact your academic advisor about course sequencing.

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

General Education Electives
A general education elective is a course in one of the following categories:  Oral and Written Communication, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics, or Physical and Natural Sciences.  A complete listing of general education electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Title Credits
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications * 3
ITS 1205 Windows Concepts * 1
ITS 1300 Introduction to Computers and Networks 2
MGT 1115 Customer Relations 2
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
CSD 1400 Database Management 3
CSD 1500 Programming Fundamentals 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
ITS 1500 HTML and CSS 3
-- Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
CSD 2200 JavaScript 3
CSD 2520 Java Programming 4
ITS 2500 XML 3
MGT 2000 Introduction to Project Management 3
-- General Education Elective ** 3
CSD 2100 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CSD 2540 C++ Programming 4
CSD 2800 Advanced Topics ***or  
EBE 2702 Co-op Education I *** 3
MGT 1060 Organizational Behavior 3
-- Technical Elective **** 2
  Total Credit Hours 62

* Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses.  Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810 before taking a computer class.

** General education electives can be found in the College Catalog under the General Education Requirements for Technical Programs section.

*** A co-op or internship may be completed in the summer or in the fall or spring of the second year.

****The technical elective option should come from CSD, CSE, GST, or NTK.  If a different social/behavioral science elective is chosen, GEO 1000 can also serve as a technical elective.