Software Development & Information Management (BSI)

(Effective Fall 2019)

This Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Information Management exposes students to many computer science concepts in a hands-on environment while focusing on practical skills critical to success in today's IT workplace. This major provides students with strong programming and application development skills while also emphasizing the design, development, and maintenance of the data and databases integral to modern systems. The degree has also been designed to give students a background in database programming, mobile application development, system design and development, mathematics, sciences, information security, networking, web development, operating systems, data science, communication, and liberal arts.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for careers in programming, software application development, database design and administration, data-driven Web application development, Web and mobile programming, programming analysis, and system analysis.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students entering the major directly from high school should have a strong background in English, mathematics (college algebra and trigonometry), and sciences. Familiarity with computer programming, hardware, and software will also ease the transition.

Special Equipment Needs

A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology majors, including Software Development & Information Management. Laptop specifications are available on the Software Development & Information Management Web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies.  Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see  Students will not be allowed to enroll in required Information Technology (CIT) and Security (IAS) courses until all remediation of mathematics (through MTH006) is complete. 

Transfer Procedures

Students seeking entrance through transfer into this major should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas: pre-calculus, programming (two semesters minimum - same language preferred); database; Web technologies; networking; Unix and/or Linux. Students transferring from institutions that have articulation agreements with Penn College should seek advisement from their respective institutions. See also, the transfer standards established by the College.

Program Goals

Graduates of this major should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to software and database development.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies such as programming, networking, web development, database, and security.
  • Analyze, assess, develop, deploy, and maintain secure software solutions for IT related problems.
  • Apply necessary problem-solving, collaboration, organizational, and project planning skills to accomplish a common goal.
  • Identify and explain the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues surrounding IT and the associated responsibilities of IT professionals.
  • Consider management principles and their impact in the IT discipline.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Identify, evaluate, and explain the local and global impact of computing applications on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Identify and explain the need for continuing professional development in the IT discipline.

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Software Development & Information Management major (those courses with the alpha-designator BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3  
Second Semester Credits
EET145 Networking I 4  
CIT260 Programming II 3  
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH240 Calculus I 4  
Third Semester Credits
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3  
CIT280 Database Development 3  
CIT360 Data Structures and Algorithms 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
CIT243 Discrete Structures in Computer Applications 3  
CIT351 Web Systems and Technologies 3  
CIT246 System Analysis I 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
CIT344 Operating Systems Concepts I 3  
CIT284 PL/SQL Programming 3  
CIT386 SQL Server and .NET Framework 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
BSI Directed BSI Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
CIT382 Programming for Mobile Devices 3  
CIT342 System Analysis II 3  
CIT368 Secure Software Development and Testing 3  
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
Seventh Semester Credits
CIT482 Data Science Principles 3  
CIT498 Senior Project 3  
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
CIT460 Advanced Topics in Programming 3  
CIT480 Advanced Database Management 3  
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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