Bachelor of Science in Software Design and Development –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 120 Credits

Course length: 7-15 Weeks


About this Program

The Wilmington University undergraduate degree program in Software Design and Development provides students with the technical skills to design and build sophisticated application systems. The latest software design and development approaches are critically important for the success of any commercial enterprise. Students in Wilmington University’s Software Design and Development degree program learn the latest in software development technologies for application systems, achieve a sound understanding of current business practices, and develop capable communications skills. This gives the students the technical skills and the broad education needed to compete for jobs in today’s global marketplace.


The goal of the Software Design and Development program is to prepare students for careers in designing and building application systems. Accordingly, it not only incorporates the detailed skills and knowledge needed to work in the present-day software environment, but also stresses fundamental concepts that persist across rapid technological changes. The Software Design and Development degree looks at systems development tools currently in demand. The technologies of choice within this curriculum (which, by design, will dynamically change to meet the requirements dictated by innovation) include HTML/CSS, PHP, Java, JavaScript, and MySQL. Included in the curriculum are courses that concentrate on user-centered design, object oriented methodologies, database design, and the most current systems analysis and software project management techniques.

Program Competencies

Students in the Software Design and Development Program (B.S.) will be able to:

  • Apply the ethical principles required of computer professionals;
  • Demonstrate knowledge in technologies of software development necessary to prepare for an entry level position in the field;
  • Analyze requirements for software applications using best practices and current methodologies;
  • Practice the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process used to analyze, design, implement, test and deliver software applications;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practices used to manage software development projects (software project management); and
  • Practice the use and employ the benefit of library resources, including subscription to services and other sources generally accepted as legitimate and valid.


You will take courses such as:
  • ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing
  • ISM 450 Project Management and Practice
  • SDD 100 Basic Web Design & Development
  • SDD 210 Database Fundamentals
  • SDD 240 JavaScript
  • SDD 305 Basic Applications Development
  • SDD 306 Intermediate Applications Development
  • SDD 315 Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming
  • SDD 320 Advanced Applications Development
  • SDD 325 Java Programming I

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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.


●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

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  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.