As computers only continue to become more necessary in our society, those equipped with skills to spur this growth onward will be prepared for high-demand careers. Graduates of GCU’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Software Development degree are able to work with a variety of programming languages, mobile and web technologies, web application frameworks and today’s cloud platforms. With project-driven courses and industry expert faculty, students will develop the skills needed to enter this field after graduation.
Learn to Develop Software for the Evolving World
Software developers create the technologies we interact with every single day. As a developer, you will have a hand in shaping how our society will use these technologies in the future. Courses cover career-necessary topics including:
- Development using a variety of different programming languages, web frameworks and cloud computing platforms
- Skills in web application security and vulnerability defense to protect important information and maintain information security
- Database systems management and administration
- Technological literacy skills which are necessary to design components of information systems solutions
- Teamwork, organizational communication and project management which can position you for leadership positions
- History and current trends in software development and the overarching field of technology
GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Software Development program includes the unique Christian perspective and focus on the technology industry. Learn to practice software development ethically and morally, from a biblical perspective. Classes offer the opportunity to explore technology and software development through a Christian lens, leading to the development of a well-rounded skillset.
Begin Your Career in One of the Best Tech Jobs
Jobs in software development offer graduates the opportunity to transform their ideas into real technological advancements. After completing the software development degree, you will be prepared for high-demand positions including:
- Software developer
- Web application developer
- Mobile application developer
- Database developer
- Software designer
- Software lead
Hands-On Classes Taught by Industry Experts
To prepare you for these high-end positions, GCU’s BS in Software Development courses are designed to provide you with experience in both the theoretical and applied aspects of software development. Each course is taught by experienced industry professionals who have real job experience with the concepts you are learning. Classes additionally incorporate hands-on projects and assignments at every level.
Students will gain experience in the same environments and platforms which they will be interacting within their careers, so they are prepared for their careers before graduation. These opportunities can allow you to turn your passion for technology into hard skills and a rewarding career.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.