Programmers, developers and software engineers design and develop many types of software, including computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware. Students develop competencies in designing, implementing, integrating and maintaining software systems (including mainframes, websites, etc) using a variety of languages and technologies. Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry positions including, but not limited to, customer support, testing, programming and product development.

Skills acquired prepare students to take industry certification.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English Placement Test.   

Other Information

  • Non-degree students may enroll for individual courses, providing they meet the course-specific prerequisites.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively utilizing verbal, written, and presentation skills to interview and educate stakeholders.
  2. Operate in a diverse team environment with professionalism, integrity, and accountability.
  3. Explain and implement technologies that are impacted by legal and ethical issues.
  4. Plan, organize and prioritize tasks in order to meet project deadlines.
  5. Adapt to change within their profession by demonstrating a commitment to continuous research and learning.
  6. Apply knowledge of organizational structures, models, processes, procedures, rules and distribution of power and authority in order to function as an effective IT resource that meets organizational goals.
  7. Apply knowledge of programming, website maintenance, operating systems, networking and security to install, configure, troubleshoot and provide ongoing support and maintenance for technology related organizational systems.
  8. Apply knowledge of programming (application, web, data and security) at the enterprise level. Use industry standards, guidelines and appropriate tools to gather requirements, develop, test and quality assure organizational information technology business systems (new and existing).
  9. Work as part of a development team using industry standards and guidelines.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
IT-1025 Information Technology Concepts for Programmers 3
IT-1050 Programming Logic 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
IT-2310 Web Programming 3
IT-2650 Java Programming 4
IT-2700 Systems Analysis and Design 3
MATH-1xxx1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session
Select one of the following: 1-3
Cooperative Field Experience
Networking Fundamentals 1
 Credit Hours1-3
Third Semester
IT-2320 Interactive Internet Programming 4
IT-2351 Enterprise Database Systems 4
IT-2660 Data Structures & Algorithms 4
Social and Behavioral Science/Natural Science (See requirements) 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
IT-2030 ASP.NET Web Programming 4
ITXX-xxxxProgramming Elective 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
Honors Ethics
Select one of the following: 3
Small Business Management (Small Business Management)
Financial Accounting (Financial Accounting)
 Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours60-63

Course cannot be used for both a requirement and an elective. ITNT-2300 can only be used to meet an elective requirement for students who successfully complete IT-2830.

Programming Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill the programming elective requirement. Courses cannot be used for both a requirement and elective (in the case of an "or" selection above):

IT-2070Introduction to Data Science and Analytics3
IT-2080Data Visualization4
IT-2090Data Analytics Programming4
IT-2100iOS Application Programming4
IT-2110Android Mobile Application Development3
ITNT-2300Networking Fundamentals3
IT-2600E-Business Programming Technologies3
IT-2670C/C++ Programming Language4
IT-2680Visual C# .NET4
IT-2720Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense3
IT-2730Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems Fundamentals3
IT-2740Fundamentals of Client Operating Systems and Hardware for Cybersecurity4
IT-2750Scripting Fundamentals for Cybersecurity3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.