Software Design & Development

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Software Design & Development
Certificate:Database Systems
Department:Computer Science
Building 4, Room 223
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:11.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

Software Design & Development

The B.S. in Software Design & Development (SDD) degree program integrates fundamental concepts in software design and development with concepts in modern programming languages, database systems, software engineering principles, and mobile and net-centric application development. The focus of this program is on the development of high quality software that meets client needs.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Software Design & Development must meet the requirements listed below.

A minimum grade of "C-" is required for all major and major-related courses with a cumulative major GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should consult with their academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites.

Software Design & Development

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

The following courses are recommended to complete general education requirements:

Natural Sciences
CIS 2530Introduction to Cybersecurity3
PHI 2603Ethics in Contemporary Society3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics3
MAC 2233Calculus with Business Applications3
Social Sciences
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro3

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b)

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACG 2071Principles of Managerial Accounting3
CGS 2570Personal Computer Applications3
COP 2253Programming Using Java 3
COP 2334Programming Using C++ 3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro *3
ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro3
MAC 2233Calculus with Business Applications *†3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *†3
Total Hours27

Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

 A minimum grade of C- is required for COP 2253, COP 2334, MAC 2233, and STA 2023.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.0-6
Total Hours0-6


CDA 3101Introduction to Computer Organization +3
CEN 3031Software Engineering I +3
CEN 3032Software Engineering II +3
CEN 4053Software Engineering Management +3
CEN 4078Secure Software Development +3
CIS 4595Capstone Project +3
COP 3014Algorithm and Program Design +3
COP 3022Intermediate Computer Programming +3
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms I +3
COP 3813Server-Side Programming +3
COP 4027Advanced Computer Programming +3
COP 4610Theory and Fundamentals of Operating Systems +3
COP 4710Database Systems +3
COT 3100Discrete Structures +3
CNT 4007Theory and Fundamentals of Networks +3
CTS 4348Linux System Administration +3
Total Hours48


Four 3000/4000 level advisor-approved electives +12
Total Hours12

Courses included in the major GPA

Database Systems Certificate

Department: Computer Science

Method of Instruction: Online

Semester Hours: 12

The undergraduate certificate in Database Systems is designed to provide both theory and practical knowledge in database design, development and implementation, advanced database concepts, database administration, as well as data mining. In-depth practice in the use of Structure Query Language (SQL) will also be provided. It will prepare one to be a database professional, or work in any other information system career in which knowledge of capturing, storing, retrieving, organizing, and analyzing information is important. 

Prospective students for this certificate must contact the departmental advisor for completing the certificate declaration before the drop/add period of the semester of completion. All courses must have been completed within 5 years of receipt of application with a grade of "C-" or higher.

Choose one of the following Programming prerequisites:3
Programming Using Visual Basic
Programming Using Java
Programming Using C++
Required courses:
COP 4710Database Systems3
CAP 4770Data Mining3
CIS 4368Introduction to Database Security3
Total Hours12