The Programming and Development degree with a concentration in quality assurance prepares students for entry level positions in software programming and testing. This degree helps students gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience with software programming and testing. Students develop competencies in designing, implementing, integrating, and maintaining software systems using a variety of languages and technologies.

The concentration in quality assurance also prepares students to create and execute various types of test plans and write automation scripts according to the software requirements, execute the test plans with various test data and document/report defects.Students will be able to get recognition for testing as an essential and professional software engineering specialization. 

Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry certification exams.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

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Program Admissions Requirements

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

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. Explain and implement technologies that are impacted by legal and ethical issues.
  3. Adapt to change within their profession by demonstrating a commitment to continuous research and learning.
  4. 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.
  5. 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). Work as part of a development team using industry standards and guidelines.
  6. Develop a test plan using the scientific method that meets user acceptance criteria based on existing code and allows plans to be repeatable (i.e. performance, user acceptance, regression). 
  7. Create an automated test for an API/Web Service and a User Interface (UI) that sets up and tears down the test environment and can automate the execution of features and functions of the software solution to determine if the actual output is the anticipated output and ensure product success.
  8. Triage an issue using debugging skills in both physical and virtualized environments to examine a system, look at the four major resources (processor, memory, disk I/O, network) to determine where problem is occurring (Machine connections, software, user, etc.) and to provide information to the responsible party (i.e. developer, product owner).  
  9. Write a well-formed query to extract data, set up data, or analyze data in a test environment.  (SQL Server) 
  10. Perform testing on software including API/Web service, Web, Desktop, and Mobile. (Response Web Design)    
  11. Define and apply various test design methodologies to appropriate testing scenarios.
  12. Recognize the various tools that are available to use to script for various tasks, including testing, automation, compiling, extracting, and analyzing data for work efficiency.
  13. Create documentation of system defects with sufficient detail and advocating for correction to meet customer needs.
  14. Use knowledge of how testing integrates with software development team in a diverse team environment with professionalism, integrity and accountability.

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-1200 Introduction to Software Quality Assurance 4
MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning (or higher Approved Ohio Transfer 36 Mathematics course) 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
 Credit Hours17
Summer Session
Select one of the following: 1-3
Cooperative Field Experience
Networking Fundamentals
 Credit Hours1-3
Third Semester
IT-2351 Enterprise Database Systems 4
IT-2200 Software Quality Assurance Techniques 4
Social and Behavioral Science/Natural Science 3
ITXX-XXXX Programming Elective 3-4
 Credit Hours14-15
Fourth Semester
IT-2030 ASP.NET Web Programming 4
IT-2500 Software Testing Automation 4
Select one of the following: 3
Honors Ethics
Select one of the following: 3
Small Business Management
Financial Accounting
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours61-64

MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations or MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics taken prior to Fall 2024 will be accepted to meet mathematics requirement for this program.


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-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-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.