Computing Technology and Software Development
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)
Do you have a passion for computers? Does developing software and apps that help make life easier and more efficient appeal to you?
With a B.A.S. degree in Computing Technology and Software Development, you will be prepared for a highly specialized, in-demand career as a software developer, and will learn what it takes to create a better user experience and build efficient applications and systems that make life better, easier and faster.
You'll learn how to:
- Use various programming languages that employers are looking for.
- Develop apps that help businesses run more effectively and efficiently.
- Work in database systems to optimize and manage how organizations store and retrieve data.
To fulfill the lower-division (first half) of the B.A.S. in Computing Technology and Software Development degree program, you must complete an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in one of the following areas.
Choose from these associate degrees:
A.S. in Computer Information Technology
Become a well-rounded technician who solves a wide range of problems-from computer repair and software installation to computer security-all while meeting your general education and prerequisite requirements for this bachelor's degree.
A.S. in Computer Programming and Analysis
Gain an insight into computer technology and software development, including developing applications, providing technical solutions and learning programming languages. It lays the foundation in which you'll build on in this bachelor's degree.
Associate Degree in Other Subject Area
If you've earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution, many of your earned credits may be applied to this program. Several prerequisite courses may still be needed before beginning your upper-level coursework.
After completing a qualifying lower-division associate degree, you may move on to the upper-division (second half) of the B.A.S. in Computing Technology and Software Development degree program.
5 Steps to Your Bachelor's Degree
- Complete a qualifying associate degree as your lower-division coursework (including all prerequisites.) Note: If your degree is in another field, meet with a program advisor to discuss credits that may transfer to this degree program, as well as possible prerequisite courses that are needed.
- Apply for the bachelor's program.
- Once you're accepted, meet with a program advisor and enroll in classes.
- Complete program requirements as outlined in the online catalog. 60 credit hours from the A.A. or A.S. degree and 60 hours of B.A.S. coursework. The credit courses required may vary depending on the credits you bring into the program.
- Graduate with your B.A.S. in Computing Technology and Software Development.
120 Credit Hours (60 credits transferred in)
You can earn your associate and B.A.S. in Computing Technology and Software Development degree program in as few as four years. If you already have an eligible associate degree, your upper-division studies may take as few as two years to complete.
Ranked in the top 10 for the U.S. News Best Jobs of 2019 rankings, software developers are in high demand across the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for software developers to grow more than 30 percent over the next decade, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Software developers are employed in a range of industries, including computer systems design, manufacturing and finance.
- Software Developers
- Systems Software Developers
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$88,000 – $102,000
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Employment Projections
Our Program Advisor is available to answer your questions, provide details about the program and courses, and help you understand the admission requirements. Fill out this form to have the program staff contact you.
The program is expected to launch in fall 2019.
Applicants should have completed
- An Associate in Science degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Programming and Analysis or Computer Information Technology
- An associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and completion of the required common prerequisites.
Yes, you will need to submit the Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing Technology and Software Development degree application online.
There is no application fee for the B.A.S. degree.
If you are an active Valencia College student and have already proven Florida residency, you do not need to prove Florida residency. If you are an inactive Valencia College student, you will need to submit the re-admit Florida residency form.
The baccalaureate student fee/tuition cost per credit hour at Valencia College is $112.19 for in-state students and $427.59 for non-Florida residents for the 3000 and 4000 level courses. If you completed your college credit A.A. degree at Valencia College and chose to complete the B.A.S., the total tuition cost will be around $13,000.
Yes, applicants should have completed an A.A. degree, A.S. degree or at least 60 college credit hours (including satisfaction of general education requirements for an A.A. or A.S. degree), from a regionally accredited institution prior to admittance. Applicants will also need to have met the common prerequisites.
Applications submitted after the Application Priority Deadline stated in the online Important Dates and Deadlines Calendar will be accepted. Applications received after the priority deadline will be processed; however, class selection is limited and financial aid will not be processed by the fee payment deadline.
No essay is required to apply.
The bachelor's is a 4-year (2+2) program with a total of 120 credits; 60 credits are from the associate degree and the remaining 60 credits, when admitted, can be completed in 2 years if you attend full time. The program is designed to be flexible around your schedule.
In addition to completing the course requirements detailed in the curriculum in order to graduate, students must:
- Earn a minimum 2.0 Valencia College and overall GPA.
- Complete all core coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all core courses.
- Satisfy the 36 credit hour General Education requirements and Gordon Rule requirements for Valencia College.
- Complete at least 25 percent of the 120 credit hour degree program (30 credits) at Valencia College, based upon the Florida College System’s requirement of a 2+2 admission into the baccalaureate program. Fifteen of those hours must be 3000 or 4000 level courses from the program core course list.
- Submit an application for graduation through Atlas by the deadline date listed in the Academic Calendar in the online official catalog. The student must have at least the minimum number of college-level credits for the degree, including all courses currently registered, in order to submit a graduation application.
- Fulfill all financial obligations to Valencia College.
- Foreign Language: Successfully complete the Florida foreign language requirement: two years high school or one year of college (at least eight credits) in a single foreign language. American Sign Language is acceptable. Foreign language taken at the college level does not satisfy the General Education credits.
- Satisfy the civic literacy requirement. As per Florida Rule 6A-10.04213, Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, first-time-in-college students entering a Florida College System institution in the 2018-19 school year, and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:
- Successfully passing POS 2041 U.S. GOVERNMENT. or AMH 2020 U.S. HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT or
- Successfully passing a prescribed assessment: AP Government & Politics Test (passing score =3, or AP U.S. History Test (passing score = 4), or CLEP American Government (passing score = 50)
At the time this catalog was published, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) has not finalized the complete course or assessment options. This catalog will be updated with course and assessment options once they are published by DOE.
Total Semester Credits required - 120 credit hours in addition to completing the Foreign Language Requirement above. The credit courses required may vary depending on the credits the student brings to the B.A.S. program. Additional courses to complete the required 120 credit hours for graduation must apply to the degree and be approved by an advisor.
Students who have completed core courses prior to entering the B.A.S. program may substitute lower level COP, COT, CIS, CTS, or CET prefix courses or CGS 2786C with advisor approval.