Computer Information Technology: Software Development Option (B.S.)

Computer Information Technology: Software Development Option (B.S.)
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  Online Program

Our online Computer Information Technology (IT) bachelor’s degree focuses on the business use of information and how to help an organization apply technology to enhance overall operations. As a student, you’ll build a foundation in programming, network systems, systems analysis, and software tools.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is the Software Development Option in Computer Information Technology?

The major in Computer Information Technology (CIT) with an option in Software Development combines the study of computer systems and information technology with a specialization in software development. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both the technical and practical aspects of software development within the context of computer information technology.

Why study the Software Development Option in Computer Information Technology at UNH College of Professional Studies?

A Computer Information Technology (CIT) degree with an option in Software Development equips students with specialized skills in software development, opens up diverse career opportunities, and provides a strong foundation for continuous learning and career advancement. It nurtures student creativity, problem-solving abilities, and collaborative skills, positioning them for success in the rapidly growing field of software development.

Potential Career Areas

  • Computer Programmer
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Project Manager
  • Web Designer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Information Security Analyst

Course Highlights


  • Advanced Software Tools
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Statistics
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Programming with Python
  • Mobile Application Development
  • …and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

View Your Transfer Pathway

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Curriculum & Requirements

The major in Computer Information Technology focuses on information, its management and processing within an organization, and the application of technology to create, exchange, store, and use information in that context. The focus is on the business use of information and the application of computing technology. Graduates will typically follow career paths as applications development programmers, planners and designers of information systems, and information systems managers within organizations. The degree provides versatility through a best practices approach to the core areas of Information Technology.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CMPL 415 Programming Fundamentals 4
CMPL 525 Foundations of Cybersecurity 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
CMPL 512 Advanced Software Tools 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CMPL 614 Computer and Network Systems 4
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
CMPL 622 Human Computer Interaction 4
MTH 504 Statistics 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CMPL 530 Introduction to Programming with Python 4
CMPL 620 Virtualization and Cloud Computing 4
CMPL 637 Intermediate Programming with Python 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
CMPL 641 Database Management Systems 4
CMPL 660 Mobile Application Development 4
CMPL 665 Web Application Development 4
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
CMPL 642 Systems Analysis and Design 4
CMPL 725 Advanced Programming with Python 4
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
CMPL 797
or CMPL 795
Integrative Capstone: Best Practices in Information Technology
or Integrative Capstone: Internship in Computer Information Tech and Tech Management
4
Elective 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Computer Information Technology
Foundation Courses
CMPL 415Programming Fundamentals4
CMPL 512Advanced Software Tools4
CMPL 525Foundations of Cybersecurity4
Intermediate Courses
CMPL 614Computer and Network Systems4
CMPL 622Human Computer Interaction4
MTH 504Statistics4
Advanced Courses
CMPL 620Virtualization and Cloud Computing4
CMPL 641Database Management Systems4
CMPL 642Systems Analysis and Design4
Option in Software Development
CMPL 530Introduction to Programming with Python4
CMPL 637Intermediate Programming with Python4
CMPL 660Mobile Application Development4
CMPL 665Web Application Development4
CMPL 725Advanced Programming with Python4
Integrative Capstone:
CMPL 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in Computer Information Tech and Tech Management4
or CMPL 797 Integrative Capstone: Best Practices in Information Technology
Total Credits60

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

 
  • Possess proficiency in information technology, including programming fundamentals, software, network systems, and databases, as well as their relevant web interfaces and applications.
  • Demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge of information technology, enabling graduates to make a professional contribution to organizations across sectors.
  • Engage in effective critical thinking and problem-solving in the field of information technology.
  • Assess the needs of technology users and articulate appropriate strategies for meeting those needs through hardware and software.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts


Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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Career Outcomes

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