Software Application Development Associate's Degree

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Software Application Development Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Career Development
  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Programming I
  • Foundations of Software Design
  • Programming II
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Discrete Structures for Computer Science
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Relational Databases
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Java I

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

In this course, students will understand the application of function theory including the properties and behavior of various function types including polynomial, exponential, rational, polar, and parametric functions. The course emphasizes the comprehension of function behavior through graph plotting, both manual and through the use of graphing calculators. Students will develop solution sets for equations and inequalities.

Prerequisite:Advanced Algebra

Course ID: MAC1200
Credits: 3

This course takes students into a deeper exploration of functions within the framework of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Topics including limits, derivatives, and methods of integration will be discussed. Students will cover numeric, graphical, and symbolic approaches to problem-solving for real-world scenarios. Technology including graphing calculators and computer applications will be used to solve problems and properly interpret results.


Course ID: MAC2100
Credits: 4

In this continuation of the topics investigated in Calculus I, students will further explore the methods of integrations and the applications of integrals as well as power series and methods of differentiation. This course will cover the topics of convergence and divergence, and students will understand whether improper integrals are convergent or divergent.

Prerequisite:Calculus I

Course ID: MAC2200
Credits: 4

This course is designed to teach the student C++ programming utilizing object oriented terminology. C++ expressions, decisions, and loops within the C++ realm are explored and practiced. This first course in a two course sequence ends with an analysis of functions and classes and how these elements are used in different programming projects.

Prerequisite:Object-Oriented Programming

Course ID: COP1224
Credits: 4

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of programming as it is related to proper software design concepts. Students will gain an understanding of how computational techniques are applied in solving a variety of problems. Topics will include variables, procedural abstraction utilizing handlers, conditionals, and loops, and data types. The course will also provide students with an understanding of software engineering by having them write small but useful computer programs using pseudo-code as well as a high-level programming language.


Course ID: CDA1202
Credits: 3

This course is a continuation of Programming I. Topics that will be covered in this course include design analysis, inheritance, and the use of templates in programming. A look at input/output issues is done along with a look at advanced topics in C++ programming and a brief look at how C++ can start to be utilized in game programs is covered.

Prerequisite:Programming I

Course ID: COP2224
Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to the study of software control over the various hardware components of a computer’s architecture – the CPU, RAM, and system bus. Topics include development of C language programs with a pseudo-code foundation, CPU operation at the bus level, comparison of procedural languages to machine language, and the development of machine and assembly language programs using multiple addressing modes, branching, and subroutine calls.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Software Design

Course ID: CDA2110
Credits: 4

This course will provide a basic understanding of discrete mathematical topics that form the basis of computer science. Topics to be covered include truth tables, logical propositions, elements of set theory, as well as basic notions of functions and mathematical induction. Students will explore the logical constructs that are the underlying model of discrete systems.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Programming

Course ID: COT1202
Credits: 3

In this course, students will understand the development cycle of programs and applications for mobile devices. Utilizing the Java language, students will create both standalone programs as well as program suites for mobile marketplace commerce systems where applications can be deployed. Instruction will focus on mobile development best practices for ease and efficiency of program development.

Prerequisite:Java I

Course ID: CEN1400
Credits: 3

This course will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts of object-oriented programming including encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Students will explore the uses of class templates as well as their attributes, behaviors, and the methods that can be applied to them. Programs will be developed and implemented utilizing the Java programming language.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Programming

Course ID: COP2323
Credits: 3

This course covers relational databases and their efficient design. The course will include the definition of tables and indexes, logical and physical design, the E-R model, and transaction management. The use of Structured Query Language (SQL) will be emphasized.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Programming

Course ID: CGS1545
Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to logic and computer programming and provides the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to begin programming in any language. The student will learn to design computer programming logic using pseudocode and flowcharting techniques, while learning the processes, procedures, and conventions of programming. Topics include variables, functions, loops, conditionals, and basic input and output.


Course ID: COP1125
Credits: 3

Students will work with the Java programming language to learn about Java bytecode programs and how they are executed within a Java virtual machine. Students will study class libraries and gain an understanding of how they perform important computing tasks, how they interact with computer hardware and operating systems, and how they handle deficiencies encountered on computing platforms. Concepts such as Graphical User Interfaces, multimedia development, and web programming will be explored as well as the use of Java programming in the development of applications for mobile devices.

Prerequisite:Object-Oriented Programming

Course ID: COP2250
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Course ID: ENC1101
Credits: 4

Communication (*Required course, select 1 additional course)

  • English Composition 2
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Oral Communication

This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: G126A*
Credits: 4

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM1002
Credits: 4

This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.


Course ID: SPC2017
Credits: 4

Humanities (*Required course, select 2 additional courses)

  • Humanities
  • Film Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Ethics Around the Globe
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Conversational Spanish

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.


Course ID: HUM2023
Credits: 4

Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.


Course ID: G145
Credits: 4

Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.


Course ID: ART1204
Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to ethics and moral philosophy. Students will explore traditional and contemporary moral theories from around the globe which will provide a framework for students to explore contemporary moral issues.


Course ID: PHI1520
Credits: 4

This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: CRW2001
Credits: 4

A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: G224*
Credits: 4

This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite:none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4

This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.


Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (*Required courses, select 1 additional course)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Course ID: PHA1500
Credits: 4

Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation, and the origin and evolution of the universe.


Course ID: AST2002
Credits: 4

Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.


Course ID: GLY1000
Credits: 4

Students will learn about topics including functions and functional notation, domains and ranges in relation to functions, graphing functions and relations, and various function operations. Students will be able to solve linear equations and inequalities as well as quadratic equations and higher-order polynomial equations. This course will review algebraic technique as well as polynomials, factoring, exponents, roots, and radicals.

Prerequisite:Satisfactory score on placement exam

Course ID: G246*
Credits: 5

This course provides the basis for proper mathematical reasoning in a computer science framework. Topics that students explore include propositional and predicate logic, proof strategies and inductive reasoning, sets, functions, elementary counting techniques, and number systems.

Prerequisites:Calculus I; Discrete Structures for Computer Science

Course ID: G247*
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

  • Principles of Economics
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Geography
  • General Psychology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • United States History: 1900 to the Present

This course offers a broad overview of economic theory, history, and development. Philosophies, policies, and terms of market economies will be explored. This course includes microeconomics and macroeconomic concepts.


Course ID: ECO 1000
Credits: 4

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.


Course ID: SYG1000
Credits: 4

This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.


Course ID: G146
Credits: 4

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.


Course ID: PSY1012
Credits: 4

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of macroeconomics, which deals with the economy as a whole. An overview of the American economy will be explored through a study of basic supply and demand analysis and a review of fiscal and monetary policy to phases of the business cycle. Unemployment, inflation, GDP, and policy decisions which affect the American economy at home and abroad will be covered.


Course ID: ECO2013
Credits: 4

Students will be introduced to the field of microeconomics in this course, including theories of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries. Other topics may include industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems.


Course ID: ECO2023
Credits: 4

This course provides an overview of the history of the United States during the 20th century up until the present day. The political, social, and economic aspects of this time will be explored amid a variety of human cultures, values, and perspectives within the United States.


Course ID: G270
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 45

Major and Core Credits: 46

Total AS Degree Credits: 91

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