Software Development (AAS)

(93 credits)

Program Description

If you like working with technology, experimenting, and inventing creative solutions to complicated problems, software development may be the career path for you. At SPSCC, you’ll be a part of a program developed with input from hiring managers and former students. Information technology is one of the strongest industries in the Puget Sound. You'll learn the skills that help you get the employment you need, all at a fraction of the cost of a programming “boot camp” or private institution.

We focus on the technologies demanded by local industries and government agencies, rather than abstract or theoretical teaching approaches. Employers recognize our students for having a solid foundation in both procedural and declarative programming, and for working on business support activities. In addition to technical skills, you will learn critical thinking and collaboration to understand the roles of developers and quickly move into the workplace as an effective employee.

The AAS in Software Development is for students interested in designing, building, and supporting software solutions to business problems. The degree covers local and web-based applications, as well as basic cloud-based deployment in languages like C# and JavaScript. This includes fundamental skills for working with web sites, database connectivity, and cybersecurity concepts. Students create a foundation for further training and will be able to use industry standard tools to gather and convey information.

Typical duties include some or all of the following: analysis of business needs and problems, design and/or coding of software solutions, application of industry standard tools and techniques for software development, and keeping businesses informed of current cybersecurity issues and alerts.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities typically begin as a computer programmer or web developer with possible future promotion to systems analyst and software engineer. Software development is a field with good opportunities for qualified persons in both government and private business.

  • Software Developer
  • Software Quality Assurance Analyst and Tester
  • Web and Digital Interface Designer