The Anoka Technical College Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Development program is designed to prepare graduates to successfully compete for high-paying, rewarding careers in IT fields with the highest demand, both today and in the future.

The Software Development Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree emphasis provides students with the knowledge to become part of a software application team that builds applications to solve industry needs. Students develop both the front-end graphical user interface (GUI) as well as the software code and back-end database for business applications.

The Software Development Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree includes general education credits, which broaden knowledge beyond what is required in the technical field and places the student on track for future managerial positions.

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Affordable & flexible learning options

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Hands-on training from industry experts

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High growth rate compared to other careers in Minnesota

Potential Jobs:

  • Software Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Computer Programmers

Salary Information:
People in this occupation earn up to $60 per hour.

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

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The Anoka Technical College Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Development is a 72-credit program designed to prepare graduates to successfully compete for high-paying, rewarding careers in IT fields with the highest demand, both today and in the future.

The Software Development Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree emphasis provides students with the knowledge to become part of a software application team that builds applications to solve industry needs. Students develop both the front-end graphical user interface (GUI) as well as the software code and back-end database for business applications. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate in a team environment for development and practice documenting and critiquing code. Collaboration and communication are emphasized as a part of the software development coursework.

The program requirements were determined through consultation with employers, those working in the industry, technical training professionals, and those currently seeking training and retraining for IT careers.

Anoka Tech's IT curriculum offers more than 90 courses in the following career concentration areas:

  • Business Data Analysis
  • IT Support
  • Network Management and Security
  • Web Design and Development

This unique program allows technical specialization in Software Development while the common core courses and required electives from other specializations build the broad IT foundation needed to understand the terminology and methodologies of other IT specialties in the workplace. The Software Development Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree includes general education credits, which broaden knowledge beyond what is required in the technical field and places the student on track for future managerial positions.

Anoka Technical College graduates will be specialist in their area of emphasis and will also have a broad base of foundational knowledge from the common core courses that span the seven areas of concentration. Professional standards, proper methodology, such as sound engineering principles and project management, are emphasized throughout the courses.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Apply critical thinking skills in the identification, analysis and resolution of information technology problems.
  2. Exhibit interpersonal skills and a professional attitude while working in an information technology environment.
  3. Clearly express ideas and information in written and spoken form.
  4. Analyze, design and document system specifications to meet client needs.
  5. Apply project management techniques to solve business problems.
  6. Collaborate with a team to design and develop customer software-based solutions and integrate them into the user environment.
  7. Apply logical reasoning to a problem.

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Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following twenty-two credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course Number Course Title Credits
 ENGL 2105  Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1&2) 4
 PHIL 1200  Technology, Ethics and Society (Goal 9) 3
 MnTC General Education Math course (Goal 4) 3
 MnTC Electives 5

Program Sequence

First Semester - Core Curriculum  15
 BDAT 1005  Data Analysis Fundamentals 2
 ITEC 1003  Network Fundamentals
2
 ITEC 1011  Programming Logic and Design 4
 ITEC 1016  Web Development Technologies
4
TLIT 1005  Technology Fundamentals 3

After completing the 15-credit core curriculum, IT students work with a faculty advisor to plan their course sequence to complete the Network Management and Security degree or diploma.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ITEC 1025  Project Management
4
 ITEC 1035  Documentation Standards
2
 ITEC 2105  JAVA Programming
4
 ITEC 2120  Database Design and SQL
4
 ITEC 2311  User Interface Experience
4
 ITEC 2340  Scripting Languages
4
 ITEC 2520  Mobile Application Development
4
 ITEC 2600  Application Development 4
 ITEC 2601  Database Application Development 4
 ITEC 2700  Artificial Intelligence 4
 ITEC 2901  Integrated Capstone Project
4

Students can choose to complete any of Anoka Tech’s IT programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides.

Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

First Semester Course Options

Required: TLIT1005 

Additional: BDAT 1005, ITEC 1003, ITEC 1011, ITEC 1016

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For detailed questions about your program or to plan your long-term part-time sequence, reach out to the faculty advisor.

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IT Support
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Network Management & Security
AAS degree, diploma

Web Design & Development
AAS degree, diploma

Faculty

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Jerry Kne
JKne@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

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Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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The Anoka Technical College Software Development diploma program provides students with the basis to become a professional software developer.
The curriculum combines theoretical design and analysis instruction with extensive hands-on implementation practice using today’s hottest software development environments. Students learn the skills necessary to be successful business analysts and software developers.
Flexibleafforadable Blk

Affordable & flexible learning options

Handsoneducation Blk

Hands-on training from industry experts

Advancement Blk

High growth rate compared to other careers in Minnesota

Potential Jobs:

  • Software Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Computer Programmers

Salary Information:
People in this occupation earn up to $60 per hour.

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Software Development diploma is a 57-credit program designed to prepare graduates to successfully compete for high-paying, rewarding careers in IT fields with the highest demand, both today and in the future. The program provides students with the basis to become a professional software developer. The curriculum combines theoretical design and analysis instruction with extensive hands-on implementation practice using today’s hottest software development environments. Students learn the skills necessary to be successful business analysts and software developers. The program requirements were determined through consultation with employers, those working in the industry, technical training professionals, and those currently seeking training and retraining for IT careers.

This unique program allows technical specialization in Software Development while the common core courses and required electives from other specializations build the broad IT foundation needed to understand the terminology and methodologies of other IT specialties in the workplace.

Graduates are encouraged to take advantage of access to corporate recruitment and IT recruiting firms. Internships and work study positions are available. IT graduates are highly employable, in many cases even before graduation.

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Apply critical thinking skills in the identification, analysis and resolution of information technology problems.
  2. Exhibit interpersonal skills and a professional attitude while working in an information technology environment.
  3. Clearly express ideas and information in written and spoken form.
  4. Analyze, design and document system specifications to meet client needs.
  5. Apply project management techniques to solve business problems.
  6. Collaborate with a team to design and develop customer software-based solutions and integrate them into the user environment.

Anoka Technical College graduates will be specialist in their area of emphasis and will also have a broad base of foundational knowledge from the common core courses that span the seven areas of concentration. Professional standards, proper methodology, such as sound engineering principles and project management, are emphasized throughout the courses.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

First Semester Core Curriculum

Course Number Course Name   15
 BDAT 1005  Data Analysis Fundamentals 2
 ITEC 1003  Network Fundamentals
2
 ITEC 1011  Programming Logic and Design 4
 ITEC 1016  Web Development Technologies
4
TLIT 1005  Technology Fundamentals 3

After completing the 15-credit core curriculum, IT students work with a faculty advisor to plan their course sequence to complete the Network Management and Security degree or diploma.

Course Number Course Name   
ITEC 1025 Project Management
4
ITEC 1035 Documentation Standards
2
ITEC 2105 JAVA Programming
4
ITEC 2120 Database Design & SQL
4
ITEC 2311 User Interface Experience
4
ITEC 2340 Scripting Languages 4
ITEC 2520 Mobile Application Development 4
ITEC 2600 Application Development 4
ITEC 2601 Database Application Development 4
ITEC 2700 Artificial Intelligence 4
ITEC 2901 Integrated Capstone Project
4

Faculty

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Jerry Kne
JKne@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

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