Located just outside of Seattle, Washington, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) now offers an associate degree and applied bachelor's degree in computing and software development. These high-demand degrees prepare individuals to work as software developers or software engineers for large and small companies in surrounding tech hub cities like Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue. Students gain beginning and advanced skills in front-end and back-end programing knowledge including designing, coding, implementing and maintaining applications, websites, and database systems. Many of our part-time faculty are currently working in local tech companies as a software engineer, program manager, or senior manager and they bring their industry experiences from companies like Microsoft, Tableau, and Amazon into our classroom.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.
Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive. Please read the following sections on admissions requirements for applied bachelors and associate degrees in Computing and Software Development for detailed information.
At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Computing and Software Development program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.
Please know LWTech is committed to your inclusion at the college and you can talk with an advisor about alternative options that may be similar to this program.
Students will be able to transfer to the applied bachelor's degree with an associate degree in LWTech's Computing and Software Development, or a comparable degree from a community or technical college, or with the Computer Science DTA/MRP. Classes include Big Data, cloud computing, algorithm & data structure, database modeling & design, mobile application development, and more. 88% of our first cohort has a job placement before graduating. Learn more about applied bachelor's degree in Computing and Software Development.
Students applying for the Applied Bachelor's Degree must meet prerequisite requirements.
If you have not already taken classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, you must fill out the online admissions application to receive a Student ID number and an LWTech issued email address. You will not be able to fill out the BAS application without completing this step.
Completion of requirements for an earned Applied Associate Degree, Direct Transfer Associate Degree, or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution in an appropriate computer science, software, or programming area of concentration.
Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA across all college course work in the associate degree.
Completion of at least 25 credits of General Education courses from the list below with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each class.
Students who have not completed the required Associate Degree or General Education requirements must submit a written plan for completion of the requirements. Students who have not met these requirements can be granted conditional admission to the program. Priority for acceptance will be given to applicants with all requirements completed.
Next Entry: Fall 2022
To apply for the BAS degree, you must create a Self Service Center account. You may preview the BAS application by downloading a PDF of the first page.
All are invited to come learn about LWTech’s newest applied bachelors degree, in Computer Software Development. College faculty and staff will share information about the degree and the jobs it prepares graduates for. We will explain the application process and answer questions. No RSVP required to attend. All information sessions are virtual via Zoom.
June 9, 2022 CANCELED
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The associate transfer degree in Computing and Software Development prepares students for entry-level work in application or web development, computer system engineering, software QA engineering, and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree. Students may earn an Applied Associate in Science Transfer degree at LWTech.
Our alumni work in dozens of local tech companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Stockcharts.com as software professionals and hold positions like software engineer, QA engineer, project manager across Puget Sound and Northwest regions. Our students come from very diverse backgrounds domestically and internationally. We also have many students come to our program for career advancement or professional development while working full-time in tech companies. We encourage our students to start thinking about their career early and our curriculum is designed with that in mind. We also routinely hold Tech Talks to get students exposed to industry people. Please see more details below.
Entry into this program requires completion of LWTech's admissions application.
The LWTech Foundation offers scholarships, with application periods twice a year. Eligible BAS students may apply for Stockcharts.com Emerging Software Leader Scholarship, awarding five students $5,000/per person each year.
Computing and Software Development presents Tech Talk Series. Keynote and guest lecturers from experts in tech companies, like Microsoft, Tableau, Stockcharts.com are invited to present on topics that provide invaluable real-world insight and industry practices into critical topics like machine learning, UX research, resume writing etc.
Avg. WA State Salary $134,699/yr
People Employed in WA 77,651
Avg. Wage in King County $65.85/hr
It's a lot of computer programming; it's a lot of what you'll actually be doing in the field. My experience here has been great! My faculty advisor and instructors are amazing. They want to prepare you for everything, and that's their main goal. They spend their time making sure it’s more about the students and preparing you for what's next. They give a realistic representation of what the field is like.
- Jacob LeMasters
Computing & Software Development Student
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