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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
Skills in software development and support are some of the most highly sought in today's job market.

Career Area: Information Technologies
Program: Software Development & Support
Campus(es): Online

Major Details

Skills in software development and support are some of the most highly sought in today's job market.

Great Value Colleges Top Online DegreesAt Minnesota State College Southeast, Software and Web Development students learn computer programming, web development, and support using a hands-on approach. These courses use broad concepts leading to detailed approaches to help you become an expert.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Software and Web Development is a two-year degree that includes 16 college credits of general education and 44 credits of technical education. In the final semester, students work together on a capstone project to design, develop, and implement a business application from determining business requirements, estimating time lines and costs, and implantation using various technologies.

Learn from anywhere. All courses are available online. A rich online application environment, instructor developed recordings, and computer programming demonstrations make learning convenient.

High quality instruction. The lessons and exercises are designed to move students through the process of becoming software and web developers. You will learn a huge variety of skills ranging from broad concepts (analysis and design, software engineering, and teamwork) down to the details of coding for different environments (web servers, web clients, and IoT). Our students also use hands-on learning and cutting-edge tools to create a production-level system of their own design.

In the Software and Web Development A.A.S. degree, students design, code, and deploy applications using a wide variety of languages, tools, and computer environments, including:

  • C#, Java, C, JavaScript, Angular
  • UML, SQL
  • Programming/design tools: Visual Studio, IntelliJ, Android Studio
  • Iterative design and coding methods
  • Create business applications for the Web, Windows, and Android

Software and Web Development majors also learn to create web content, and install, deploy, and support many technologies. These include:

  • Web content authoring (Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Animate)
  • GitHub
  • Cloud services, such as Azure web applications and databases
  • Windows desktop and server operating systems
  • Database and Web server management
  • PC hardware

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Career Field: Arts, Communications & Information Systems
Cluster: Information Technology Programing & Software Development Information Support Services
Pathway: Web & Digital Communications

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1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified

Goal 4: Mathematics
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3 cr
Introduction to Graphic Design
This introductory course provides an overview of various industry-standard software applications used in graphic design. Students will apply visual communication strategies and creative and effective design elements and layouts. The course will focus on fundamental design concepts and historical design styles relating to text and image interaction. Students will develop various types of graphic designs to include typography, color, illustration, symbols, and photography. Prior knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is recommended, but not required, for this course. Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop (Creative Suite 6 or Creative Cloud Complete) are required applications for those taking this course online. (Meets MnTC Goal 2 and Goal 6) (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Job Seeking Skills
Students will gain independence and proficiency in job searching skills through activities and assignments designed to help them learn how to find jobs, how to prepare to apply for jobs, and how to present themselves as candidates for jobs. Skills covered will include how to search electronically for a job; how to develop written documents needed for a successful self-directed job search, including how to create an electronic portfolio; and how to secure, conduct, and follow up on job interviews. (Prerequisite: none) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
16 crs
Introduction to Visual Database Application Tools
In this course, students will use visual database application tools to learn database design concepts (entities, attributes, relationships, and primary/foreign key definitions), design and create databases and tables, create filter and sort queries, use summary functions, establish referential integrity and constraints, and create multiple table queries, forms, reports, and interactive reports. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Introduction to Programming with .Net
This course introduces programming concepts using Microsoft's .Net framework. Course includes: form layout, event-driven Windows and WebForms programming concepts, variables and data types, variable and control initialization, operators, objects and properties, control structures (if-else, for & while loops), arrays, functions, properties, parameter passing, source control, and unit testing. No previous programming experience is required. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Web Design, HTML, CSS
This course introduces web site design, authoring, management concepts. Students will create web pages which include many common HTML formatting and navigation elements: lists, tables, links, graphics, and CSS styles. (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Web Design and Technologies II
In this course, students will research, plan, design, implement, and evaluate web sites using a variety of technologies. Iterative design, responsive/mobile design, web server setup and administration, content management systems, cloud services, source control, continuous delivery, and social media integration will be covered. (Prerequisite: COMC1741) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Web Graphics and Animation
This course introduces bitmap graphics, vector graphics, and web animation concepts and tools. Students will edit bitmap images, create vector graphic images, create web animations, and integrate graphics into web pages. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Microsoft Server Management for Web Developers
This course introduces network server configuration and management concepts using Microsoft Windows Server. Course includes Windows Server Enterprise and Server Core installation procedures, user and service accounts, Active Directory, file and folder permissions, Group Policy, TCP/IP routing and subnetting, DHCP configuration, web and FTP server configuration, remote access and VPN configuration, command-line tools, and Docker containers. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Database Design & Management with SQL
Structured Query Language (SQL) is the standard language for defining, maintaining, and querying relational databases on all platforms from mainframes to microcomputers. This course covers relational database design and implementation using SQL. Topics include: select and sort queries, multiple table queries, subqueries, outer joins, aggregate functions, table updates, database design, entity-relationship (E-R) modeling, normalization, and database implementation, modifications & administration. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
JavaScript and Web App Frameworks
This course introduces web client programming skills using JavaScript and Single Page Applications (SPA) using Angular and TypeScript. Topics include variables, objects, functions, events, data types, operators, control structures (if-else, while, for), arrays, images, forms, data validation, the Document Object Model (DOM), Angular/TypeScript components and services, and HttpClient. (Prerequisite: COMC2740) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Introduction to Java / C/ C++ Programming
This is the first in a series of courses on programming in Java, C, C++, and C# languages. Topics include: Java/C/C++/C# program structure, data types, control structures, functions, parameters, scope, unit testing, class definitions, methods, fields (instance variables), loops, input-output, arrays, iteration, pointers, and IoT devices. (Prerequisite: COMC1730 or instructor permission) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Java/C++/C# Programming II
This course covers object oriented programming concepts using the Java, C#, and C++ languages. Topics include: class declarations, class methods and attributes, creating and using objects, constructors and destructors, function overloading, passing object references as function arguments, class inheritance, memory allocation, object associations/aggregate objects, exception handling, exception classes, unit testing, MVC architecture, FXML GUIs, XML and/or JSON deserialization, IoT microcontrollers, UML, and source control. (Prerequisite: COMC2740 or instructor permission) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Database Application Development
This course introduces database application programming techniques for web-based clients. Topics include: application architecture, C# language, ADO framework (connections, commands, data readers, data adapters, data sets, etc.), .Net Core MVC, domain models, code-first database implementation, controllers, routing, action methods/parameters, views, user interface design & implementation, multiuser concepts, lamda expressions, Entity Data Model, retrieving/updating data using LINQ to Entities, source control. (Prerequisite: COMC2722) (Corequisite: COMC2742) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
Web Application Development
This course covers the design and implementation of server-based web applications using Microsoft MVC & EF frameworks and single-page applications (SPA) using Angular, TypeScript, and JavaScript. MVC topics include views, partial views, view components, routing, model binding, tag helpers, and web services/APIs. SPA application topics include components, data binding, directives, services, dependency injection, routing, observables, subjects, forms, pipes, http requests, and REST API. (Prerequisite: COMC2747) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
UML Modeling and Iterative Process
This course covers fundamental software engineering concepts of object modeling, the process (using the Unified Process) and notation (using UML) of object oriented analysis and design, the use of design tools, strategies and patterns for applying object oriented methodologies to realistic applications, and design implementation. (Corequisite: COMC2740) (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Computer Careers Capstone Project
Students will work in groups to design, develop, and implement business applications. Students will determine business requirements, design database tables, create UML class diagrams, design user interfaces, estimate time lines and costs, and select development and user tools. Following the project design phase, students will implement the project using various technologies including: databases, queries, programming languages, web pages, servers, and source version control. (Corequisite: COMC 2749) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MS Workstation I
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
44 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 60 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$13,494
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$15,144


Career Opportunities

  • Computer Programmers for Software Development Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Education
  • Business & Industry

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for business.
  2. Exhibit college level problem solving abilities applying math applications and general problem solving skills.
  3. Exhibit professional/occupational behavior and work habits.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and/or maintain database applications.


  • All Software Development and Support courses are available online
  • All computer programming lectures are available through lecture capture technology
  • Computer programming assessment tests are online
  • Curriculum is constantly evolving to keep up with technology
  • Skilled programmers are needed in every industry


Mark Swanson
Mark Swanson is an experienced business applications programmer. He has worked as a programmer for the U of M and volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving organizations in Costa Rica as an IT consultant. Mark has more than 20 years' experience as an instructor at Minnesota State College Southeast. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.


Other Majors in the Software Development & Support program

IT Support AAS

IT Support DIP

Software & Web Development CERT



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