Software and Database Developer, A.S.


Take the leap Toward designing And Developing the next generation of powerful applications

Individuals pursuing an Associate of Science degree in the Software and Database Developer program want to begin or advance a career in software/database development. Graduates from this program seek positions as software developers, quality assurance specialists, database specialists and systems analysts. This program focuses on programming logic, in-demand programming languages, database programming and design and analysis associated with creating software applications. A strong emphasis is placed on working collaboratively in a team environment, communicating effectively, and cultivating good software development skills.

 While salaries vary based upon on the type and location of your job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015.

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Contact the ADVISOR

Tonitta W. Sauls
Associate Professor, Computer Science
850-769-1551, extension 5090

Jordan Hale
Academic Program Support Specialist, Business and Technology

Degree Map - Software & Database Developer-AS


Meet Joshua Watson, Database Administrator

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I can honestly say that this program changed my life. Before this program I was in a different field of study that wasn't necessarily bad, but also not really what I wanted to be doing. There was nothing that really stuck out about it. As soon as this program was started, I enrolled, and after the very first class I knew I made the right decision. The program gave me the foundation I needed to build upon. They can’t teach you every single thing you need to know in school so a good foundation is really what you need. You’ll get that with this program. 
–  Database Administrator, CACI, Inc. / 2014 Alumnus


Who is eligible for the Software and Database developer A.S. degree program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR software and database developer degree?

  • If you haven’t already been to Gulf Coast’s Panama City campus, you should know that we’re located right on the Gulf Coast shoreline, with many great views of the water. Schedule a campus tour.
  • Gulf Coast State College’s Software and Database Developer program closely communicates with local business and industry to assure that students receive the training that they need in order to  successfully compete for development opportunities here and across the United States.
  • Our faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you through the rough spots along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.

How do I apply to the software and database developer degree program?

To apply for the Software and Database Developer program, you will need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  You can visit the Gulf Coast admissions page for additional admissions information.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do i apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options to help you pay for college.  Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area
See General Education Core Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
+*MAC 1105, College Algebra 3
Natural Sciences Area
See General Education Core Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Government/History •@POS2041, American National Government or •@AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency 3
Major Courses
CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications 3
*COP1000, Intro to Programming Logic 3
COP2700, Data Structure (SQL) 3
+CIS2321, System Analysis and Design 3
CGS1103, Project Management Concepts and Processes 3
+*COP 2250, Java Programming I 3
+*COP2224, C++ Programming I 3
DIG2100, Web Design I 3
+#COP2840, Internet Programming 3
+*COP2657, Intro to SmartPhone Programming 3
#*CTS1650, Network Fundamentals 3
+*COP2701, Database Design and Management 3
+*CTS1120, Computer and Network Security (Security +) 3
+CEN2212, Introduction to Programming the Internet of Things (IoT) 3
+#COP2940, Integrative Programming and Technologies Capstone 3



Subject specific cooperative education may be substituted with permission of advisor.

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= Career Certificate course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.

 Computer Lab, ATC222

Software development labs

The Advanced Technology Center on the Panama City campus offers multiple state-of-the-art computer labs designed for group collaboration, planning and designing in a dynamic, creative environment. 


Department Chair

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology