Bachelor of Science

Computer Science with a concentration in Software Development

An organization’s website is an open door. Learn how to keep that door ajar and always welcoming to customers. TU’s software development concentration will keep you ahead of the trends, as you master programming, internet and website advancement as well as project management. Computer Science jobs are among the top growing fields; open that door to your future now.

Many different programming languages exist in computer science, and job candidates often focus on one specific language required by their employer, as needs will be different from workplace to workplace. TU’s computer science program, with a concentration in software development, gives graduates a foundation of programming knowledge to be prepared to create websites and applications in a variety of languages and device platforms: a unique advantage, to align with industry standards.

With the computer science major, students will be able to identify hardware and various operating systems and will develop and modify programming concepts and computational mathematics to operational computer applications and code. Our classes will teach students to analyze computer science research and apply findings to solve real world problems, as well as compare and contrast knowledge of computer security models.

With the concentration of software development, students will be able to explain and illustrate the reasons for the modeling and design of computer-based systems and interpret and apply object-oriented programming language.

Classes will prepare students for several certifications. The need for professional certifications has been identified through various studies and responses with our industry partners. The program encourages students to sit for as many professional certifications as possible, proving that they have demonstrated knowledge up to industry standards. Tiffin University is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center and has the ability to administer any Microsoft Certifications available. These certifications, partnered with a degree in computer science will allow our students to have a competitive advantage when it comes to job placement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the latest data available for software developers, the need is going to increase 24% from the year 2016-2026. This increased need is due to the number of applications, mobile applications and software that is being developed for the latest technologies and needs in the era of the “Internet of Things”.

General Education Core (37 hours)

Computer Science Core (48 hours)

  • MKT151 Introductory Marketing
  • CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • ACC201 Survey of Accounting
  • MGT201 Management of Organizations
  • CST201 Introduction to Programming
  • LAW211 Business Law I
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics
  • CST230 Networking Fundamentals
  • CDS244 Cyber Security
  • CST280 Database I
  • CST285 Spreadsheets and Analytics
  • FIN301 Business Finance
  • CST412 IT Project Management
  • CST460 Research in Computer Science
  • CST470 Internship
  • MGT495 Organizational Strategy

Concentration: Software Development (18 hours)

  • CST212 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CST255 Internet and Website Development
  • CST301 Advanced Programming Concepts
  • CST312 Information Systems for Managers
  • CST380 Database II
  • CST450 Programming for Application Development

Total Bachelor of Science hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

All Computer Science concentrations offered:

Networking Fundamentals (CST230) – This course provides an overview of network hardware, operating systems, and applications with a focus on design, implementation and management of the network environment inside an organization.

Cyber Security (CDS244) – Information systems need to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. This course explores the protection of information from unauthorized access, disruption, modification, and destruction through technology, physical, and social vectors.

Advanced Programming Concepts (CST301) – This course addresses technologies for developing database applications. It covers the principles of database design, and database models using a database software. Organizational data modeling and designing normalized database structures is strongly emphasized. Managerial issues associated with database administration are covered along with an introduction to distributed database concepts in a client-server environment. The course will expose the student to the Structured Query Language (SQL).

Database II (CST280) – This course expands the student’s understanding of the fundamentals introduced in Database I (CST 280) by emphasizing the application of databases to organizational management. Database Management Systems (DBMS), Database administration (DBA) and continues with the exploration of a data manipulation languages such as Structured Query Language (SQL). Students will learn how to connect a database to a program coded with a programming language and experiment with the program communicating with the database. This course will qualify a student to sit for the Microsoft Access 730 Expert certification exam through the Microsoft Corporation to obtain a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification and several SQL server exams offered by Microsoft to obtain a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.

Programming for Application Development (CST450) – This course explores the latest programming methodologies, particularly the newest programming languages in use today. The development environment and programming language utilized is chosen by the instructor. The purpose is to give the student experience in another programming language different from the beginning course work. The level of programming for the student will be driven to where they can design complicated and sophisticated software using advance coding. Projects will include bridging between basic computer concepts identified in previous course work and designing standard & mobile applications. This course will qualify a student to sit for several certifications’ exams depending on the language utilized. Certifications could include the Microsoft 70-483 Programming in C# or the Microsoft 98-338 Introduction to Programming using JAVA certification exam through the Microsoft Corporation to obtain a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification or other comparable certification.

  • Data Business Process Analyst
  • DCA Engineer
  • Hardware and Network Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Application Developer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Vodofone

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Testimonials

  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
    "I chose TU because of its reputation for excellence, national recognition, many extracurricular opportunities and because it offers in a small, diverse college environment. I have learned the significance of academics, leadership, diversity, communication, and relationships. TU allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in order to lead and inspire. It has prepared me to make wise and imperative decisions that will benefit me in my career and my life.”

    – Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015

    Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

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