Software Development & Support

Plug into today's top computer technologies.


Software Development and Support are some of the most highly sought skills in today’s job market. Build your future!

At Minnesota State College Southeast, you will 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.

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

Programming students design, code, and deploy applications using a wide variety of languages, tools, and computer environments, including:

  • UML, SQL
  • Java, JavaScript, C, C#, Visual Basic
  • Programming/design tools (Visual Studio, Eclipse, Android Studio)
  • GitHub
  • “Iterative” design and coding methods
  • Create business applications for the Web, Windows, and Android

Students in all of theSoftware Development and Support majors also learn to create web content, and install, deploy, and support many technologies. These include:

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

Major Offerings

  • Computer Programming and Web Development (AAS) View Classes
    Online - 60 cr

  • Microcomputer and Web Support (AAS) View Classes
    Red Wing/Online - 60 cr
  • Microcomputer and Web Support (DIP) View Classes
    Red Wing/Online - 47 cr
  • Web Applications Programming (CERT) View Classes
    Red Wing/Online - 30 cr

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 75%
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

Career Opportunities

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

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • 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
An experienced business applications programmer, Mark Swanson 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.

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