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  • Secure Software Development
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall

    Award: BAS

    Average Class Size: 15

    Program Length: 8 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online, hybrid and Distance Learning

    Program Location: Pueblo

  • Quote: Secure software development, and cyber security in general, are critical components of today's IT infastructure. Combined with the strong curriculum, and oustanding instructional staff at PCC, the new BAS degree in Secure Software Development will give graduates significant opportunities in today's IT environment. - Steve Shirley, VP IT / CIO, Parkview Medical CenterCareer Information
    Completing the BAS in SSD may lead to career opportunities including: software architect, software developer, software program manager, application security specialist, quality assurance tester, information security analysts or computer system analysts.

    Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software

    Yearly Wages for Software Developers, SystemsSoftware 2017 Colorado area: $77,690 to $166,020
    Colorado Projected Annual Job Openings 2014 - 2024: 610 (+39% change)

    Yearly Wages for Software Developers,Applications2017 Colorado area: $62,940 to $154,250
    Colorado Projected Annual Job Openings 2014 - 2024: 1,110 (+35% change)


    The BAS program will prep the student to take the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) test. The average US salary for the CSSLP is $139,000. Certification Magazine Jan. 2020

    What Will I Learn
    This program prepares you to become a programmer in secure software development. You will acquire skills by using multiple programming languages and databases and implement component security using best practices. You will also design, develop, and test secure software applications; conduct software penetration testing; and provide recommendations for reducing computer security risks. This degree also focuses on critical elements of software security; implement techniques for mitigating security risks; and you will identify and develop software solutions to threats and attacks in order to minimize risk and protect privacy.

    Cutting Edge Facilities
    The GATC 121 Cyber Lab and GATC 124 Cyber Server Room will support real-world, hands- on classroom activities for our software development, cyber security, networking, Windows and Linux system administration and forensics and cyber labs. The Computer Science department is a member of the following education academies which provide educational content and software: Red Hat, Oracle, VMware, Microsoft, and CompTIA. The Cyber Server Room hosts the following technology in support of the CIS department: Synergy 12000 Frame with (3) Synergy 480 Gen10 CTO Servers, (1) ProLiant DL360 Gen9 4LFF Server, Apollo r2600 24SFF Chassis with (2) XL170r Gen9 Servers, (20) HP ProLiant DL 360 Gen8 Servers, Nimble Storage HF20 Array, FlexNetwork 5510 Switches, KVM console and switch, UPS, Aruba IAP-304 AP’s, IoT hardware, Raised floor with production, test and practice racks.

  • Spotlight

    The degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. Students will be required to declare the BAS through admissions. Students are required to meet with Computer Science faculty to set up an initial subject-specific advising meeting; develop a student plan; and review their general education requirements/transfer credits. Course work for this degree can be completed in traditional, hybrid, or online format.