Software Development Degree


Software Development is creating and maintaining the apps, software and websites that you access from your phone, computer or tablet.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Software Development at Southwestern Michigan College will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in programming or app development.

About the Software
Development Degree

Beginning coursework provides an introduction to computers and the web including using applications, programming logic and design and web development. Advanced courses teach in-depth knowledge of C++, C#, JAVA and other programming and scripting languages; mobile applications; systems analysis and software engineering.

In addition to the technical know-how, students will also gain invaluable business and professionalism skills such as project management, presentation and business communication.

Required internships provide students an opportunity to apply their skills with resume-worthy experience.

Because of the solid foundation in both technical knowledge and business and the internship experience, students are fully prepared to enter the workforce as confident professionals capable of advancing to management positions.

Students have the option to earn internationally-recognized certifications from CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft and more.

Career Options & Salaries
Programmer:           $82,240
Computer Systems Analyst:           $88,270
Database Administrator:           $87,020
Software Developer:           $103,560
Web Developer:           $67,990
2017 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Bachelor's Degrees

Graduates can transfer into the Ferris Dowagiac program for a bachelor's in Business Administration or to Ferris's main campus or Grand Rapids location for a bachelor's in Computer Information Systems.

Ferris at SMC students can pay three years at SMC’s low tuition and only one year of Ferris tuition. Plus, out-of-state Ferris Statewide students pay in-state tuition. Check it out!

Curriculum Guide

View the course plan for the Associate in Applied Science in Software Development degree at Southwestern Michigan College.

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