Rasmussen College announces new degree programs for mobile app developers
The first, an Associate's Degree in Software Application Development, is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in software development. Students will study software design and programming, and will develop software applications specifically for mobile devices. The completion of a working mobile app will be required as part of each student's graduate portfolio. The Associate's Degree in Software Application Development will initially be offered at the college's campus locations in Florida and Minnesota, with other campuses to be added in the near future.
The second program is a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. The curriculum covers modern, object-oriented programming languages, such as Java and C++, taught in an integrated development environment designed to facilitate advanced programming techniques and software management. Students in the program will study algorithm analysis and applied math in designing computer systems, and will develop applications for the Web and mobile devices.
The first class of students in both new programs started in April of 2011, according to a press release.
"The technology industry is continually evolving, and mobile apps are going to dominate the industry over the next several years," Director of the Rasmussen College School of Technology and Design Hap Aziz said in a statement. "These new degree programs at Rasmussen College will prepare students to lead this emerging technology trend and gain the skills they need to build successful mobile applications for the most used platforms, including the Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc)."
As Digital Trends' Molly McHugh notes, many other colleges are now offering similar options. "Olin College experimented with a new class called mobile application development last year. … And Olin's go at mobile application curriculum was inspired by courses offered at MIT and Stanford," McHugh writes. "Called 'building mobile applications,' MIT's class was introduced in 2008, which seems like centuries ago when it comes to smartphones. Stanford's was even more specific: CS 193P iPhone Applications. It will be offered again this Spring but only for registered students of the university (past courses were on iTunesU)."