Application Development - Bachelor of Applied Science

Applications developers use computer languages to create programs that perform specific tasks on computers and other devices. It is a useful specialty for high-demand jobs such as website developer, database designer, support specialist, and software tester. The Bachelor of Applied Science program offers students a strong technical foundation and an understanding of science, communications, and quantitative reasoning. Students will learn to work in teams, manage IT projects, and prepare software documentation. They will cover subjects such as data analysis, application and software development, programming, and project management. Students must have a two-year technical associates degree to apply to this program.

Priority application deadline: March 30, 2018
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Enrollment Point: Fall

Applications Developer - Bachelor of Applied Science

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits

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6-8:30 p.m. Hybrid

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

David Blodgett, Mark Anderson, Scott Moody, Lhoucine Zerrouki

Student Testimonial: 
Desiree, First Year BAS Student
“I chose the BAS in Application Development program to learn the skills I need to enter the huge technology industry in our area, from instructors with impressive experience.”

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned associate degree (or 90 equivalent college-level credits) in Information Technology or related area from a regionally accredited institution. First consideration will be given to those with an associate degree.
  2. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA across all college coursework.
  3. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the following IT courses:
    • Programming courses in Object Oriented Programming – 5 credits
    • Introductory coursework on relational databases – 5 credits
    • Introductory coursework on Structured Query Language – 5 credits
  4. Completion of at least 20 credits of college-level General Education coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA in English Composition (ENGL&101) or equivalent.
  5. Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH& 095) or equivalent.
  6. Personal statement – Applicants are required to write a 500 word maximum personal statement that describes how the BAS program will advance their professional goals. Example topics include previous career experience, unique attributes that the applicant will bring to the program, hardships the applicant has overcome in pursuing his/her educational or work goals, and other special considerations that the applicant believes will make them a good candidate for the program. The essay should be typewritten and in a legible font size.

Course Information

Baccalaureate Courses

Core Technical Courses Credits
CSI 331 Securing and Managing Data 5
CSI 332 Data Mining & Business Analytics 5
CSI 341 Web Development 5
CSI 342 Mobile Application Development 5
CSI 351 Systems Analysis and Design 5
CSI 352 Software Application Development 5
CSI 381 Principles of Human-Computer Interaction/GUI Design 5
CSI 434 Business Intelligence 5
CSI 443 Web Programming for Mobile Devices 5
CSI 453 Software Application Testing and Deployment 5
CSI 483 IT Project Management 5
CSI 492 Senior Capstone Project 5
CSI 494 Cooperative Education/Internship (optional) 10
Total Core Requirements 60

General Education Courses

PHIL 481 Legal and Ethical Aspects of IT 5
Communications Courses Two Required 10
Quantitative Reasoning Courses One Required 5
Humanities Courses One Additional Required 5
Social Sciences Two Required 10
Natural Sciences Two Required


Elective Courses Up to Three 15
Total General Education Requirements   30-40
Total BAS in Application Development Requirements   90

Program Outcomes

Area of Concentration

Expected Learning Outcomes

Data Analysis

  • Demonstrate ability to locate, connect to, extract, transform and load (ETL), business data, from disparate data sources.
  • Demonstrate ability to use query languages, and business intelligence techniques, to extract, analyze, summarize and report on specific data, in a manner that is usable by business decision makers.
  • Use database and database management systems to organize, store and retrieve data for use by application software, and demonstrate best practices for backup, security and privacy.

Application Development

  • Demonstrate software engineering best practices, software testing principles, and quality assurance techniques.
  • Demonstrate an end to end project-level vision in planning application development, server and client scripting, and security.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and deploy applications in a variety of platforms, including distributed computing and mobile applications.

Project Management

  • Work on team projects and demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, oral communications, inter-cultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to obtain and confirm business requirements for an application, translate these into technical specifications, assess the resource requirements, and divide the overall project requirements into smaller steps, organized to conform to the System Development Life Cycle model.


  • Demonstrate ability to conduct himself/herself in a professional and ethical manner in all situations, while working in person, remotely, individually, and/or in teams.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences in written and oral form.
  • Demonstrate a professional level of competence in documenting project and application development work, writing clearly and appropriately in an information technology context.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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