Software Development

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development.

Accepting Applications in January for Fall 2022. Review important deadlines.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Information Systems and Technology (IST) has three concentrations, Cybersecurity, Application Development and Artificial Intelligence. To learn more about the Cybersecurity concentration please visit the Cybersecurity webpage. To learn more about the concentrations in Application Development and Artificial Intelligence continue reading.

Our concentrations in software development meet the explicit need employers have identified for application developers and software engineers by providing a pathway to the baccalaureate for students with two-year technical associate degrees in IT. The decision to offer these particular programs was based in part on findings by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that a bachelor’s degree is now considered the minimum level of education for a variety of IT occupations. As a result, more students, along with existing IT professionals, will need to continue their education at the bachelor’s level.

With curriculum updated every year to meet industry and business demands, each concentration provides graduates with broad technical skills and project-based learning, as well as specialized knowledge in either application development or artificial intelligence.

Application Development, BAS

The BAS Application Development is a four-year, 180-credit program that prepares students for various careers in Software Development. This degree is structured around the C# programming lanuage to develop desktop and web-based applications.

Focus Areas:
• Advanced Web Development
• Developing Mobile Applications
• Enterprise Data Applications
• Application Architecture

Artificial Intelligence, BAS

The BAS Artificial Intelligence is a four-year, 180-credit program that prepares students for various careers in AI Software Development. This concentration includes fundamentals of AI and uses the Python programming language and numerous Python libraries.

Focus Areas:
• Natural Language Processing
• AI Impacts and Applications
• Human-Centered AI Interaction and Design
• Applied Statistical Methods

Degree Pathways

The Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Information Systems Software Development prepares students for admission into the BAS Application Development program, while the AAS-T in Robotics & AI prepares students for admission into the BAS Artificial Intelligence program. Upon completion of the AAS-T students will be able to directly apply all 90 credits toward the 180 credit BAS program. It typically takes an additional two years for students to complete the remaining Bachelor’s coursework at a full-time status.

Information Systems, AAS-T

The AAS-T Software Development is a two-year, 90-credit program that is designed for both those seeking immediate employment in an entry-level software development career or preparing for continuation into a baccalaureate program. Students can apply all 90 credits to the BAS Application Development at BC.

Focus Areas:
• Object Oriented Programming Concepts
• Server Side Web Development
• SQL Fundamentals
• Systems Analysis & Design

Robotics & AI, AAS-T

The AAS-T Robotics & AI is a two-year, 90-credit program that is designed for both those seeking immediate employment in an entry-level AI software development career or preparing for continuation into a baccalaureate program. Students can apply all 90 credits to the BAS Artificial Intelligence at BC.

Focus Areas:
• Python programming
• Programming for Machine Learning
• Robotics & AI
• Cloud Services

Database Report Developer, Cert

The Database Report Developer Certificate is a one-year, 40-credit certificate that prepares students for entry-level positions working with programmers and database analysts to create data analysis reports, work with relational databases and create reports for decision makers.

Focus Areas:
• Create Database Reports
• SQL Queries
• Design Data Models
• Systems Analysis

Programming for Mobile and Web Development, Cert

The Programming for Mobile and Web Development Certificate is a one-year, 45-credit certificate that prepares students for entry-level positions that require maintenance and development of web-based applications to be used on desktop and mobile devices.

Focus Areas:
• Intro to .NET
• Client-Side Web Programming
• Front End Web Development
• Mobile Applications

Introductory .NET Programming, Cert

The Introductory .NET Programming Certificate is a one-year, 45-credit certificate that prepares students for entry-level positions with companies using Visual Studio .NET and relational databases.

Focus Areas:
• SQL Fundamentals
• Web Development
• Object Oriented Programming
• Systems Analysis & Design

Intermediate Applications Developer, Cert

The Intermediate Applications Developer Certificate is a one-year, 30-credit certificate that prepares students for advanced-level application software development. It requires a programming background and is designed for students who are seeking to upgrade software development skills.

Focus Areas:
• Object Oriented Progamming
• Client-Side Web Programming
• Data Structures and Algorithms
• Relational Database Programming

Introductory C++ Programming, Cert

The Introductory C++ Programming Certificate is a one-year, 15-credit certificate that introduces students to the concepts of object-oriented programming, C++ class libraries, and abstract data structures.

Focus Areas:
• SQL Fundamentals
• C++ Programming
• Documentation and Reports
• Abstract Data Structures

Program Highlights

Applied Learning

APPLIED LEARNING

Instructors focus on teaching students hands-on technical skills. All Bachelor students are required to complete a capstone project or internship prior to graduating.

Educational Value

EDUCATIONAL VALUE

Tuition costs for Baccalaureate degrees at Bellevue College are significantly lower than other 4-year degree programs at state universities.

Financial assistance

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

All Bachelor level courses are financial aid eligible. Worker Retraining program approved.

Community

COMMUNITY

Our Bachelor programs are cohort-based emphasizing student collaboration and team building. Get to know your faculty, fellow students, and program advisors.

BC Reputation

BC REPUTATION

Twice a year faculty meet with advisory committee members to ensure curriculum is relevant and up-to-date in order to meet industry standards.

Fully accredited

FULLY ACCREDITED

Bellevue College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ready to Learn More?

Read our page of frequently asked questions by other students. We admit students into the BAS Application Development and BAS Artificial Intelligence programs every fall quarter based on space.

You can also get in contact with the program manager to explore a career in Software Development and receive more information about program details, tuition rates, and if you are eligible to apply.

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