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Computer Information Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Information Technology degree program is designed to prepare students for various entry-level positions in computer systems. Career opportunities include Network Administrator, Computer Programmer, Computer Operator, Web Publisher, Help Desk Technician, Database Administrator, and Systems Analyst.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3196 Information Technology

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
BPC125Microcomputer Set Up and Maintenance1
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management (3) OR
CIS117AMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level I (1) AND
CIS117BMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level II (1) AND
CIS117CMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level III (1)3
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I1
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS150++Any Programming Fundamentals course3
CIS190Introduction to Networking (3) OR
MST140Microsoft Networking Essentials (3)3
CIS224Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows3
GBS233Business Communication3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must choose one of the following specialized areas: Computer Systems Maintenance, Computer Networking, Programming, Web Development, or Information Technology, and successfully complete all courses designated in that area.
Computer Systems Maintenance: Credits:15
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
CIS102Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for the IT Professional1
CIS121ABMicrosoft Command Line Operations1
CIS126ALLINUX Operating System I1
BPC270A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support3
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows Operating System course3
CWE198ACCareer/Work Experience (3) OR
CIS296WCCooperative Education (3) OR
CIS298ACSpecial Projects (3)3
Computer Networking: Credits:16
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows Operating System course3
MST152++Any Microsoft Windows Server course4
CIS270Essentials of Network and Information Security3
Students must choose and successfully complete two of the following:
CIS240Local Area Network Planning and Design (3) OR
CWE198ACCareer/Work Experience (3) OR
CIS296WCCooperative Education (3) OR
CIS298ACSpecial Projects (3)6
Programming: Credits:15
CIS225++Any Business Systems Analysis and Design course3
Students must choose and successfully complete 2 of the following course sequences:
CIS151Computer Game Development -Level I (3) AND
CIS251Computer Game Development -Level II (3) OR
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I (3) AND
CIS259Visual Basic Programming II (3) OR
CIS162ADC#: Level I (3) AND
CIS262ADC# Level II(3) OR
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I (3) AND
CIS263AAJava Programming: Level II (3)12
Web Development: Credits:15
CIS120DFAdobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging3
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
CIS233DAInternet/Web Development Level II3
CIS234XML Application Development3
Students must choose and successfully complete one of the following courses to complete this specialized area:
CIS120DCAdobe Animate: Digital Animation (3) OR
CIS166++Any Web Scripting/Programming course (3) OR
CIS235E-Commerce (3) OR
CIS270Essentials of Network and Information Security (3) OR
CIS296WCCooperative Education (3) OR
CIS298ACSpecial Projects (3) OR
CWE198ACCareer/Work Experience (3)3
Information Technology: Credits:15
Student must complete a combination of fifteen (15) credits from any of the specialized areas listed above: Computer Systems Maintenance, Computer Networking, Programming, and Web Design.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3)
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3 OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of any higher level Mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area4
  • Identify and describe the fundamental principles and practices of financial accounting. (ACC111)
  • Install, troubleshoot, and maintain a microcomputer system. (BPC125)
  • Apply computer concepts, microcomputer applications and programming techniques. (CIS105)
  • Create, edit, print, and save spreadsheets and databases. (CIS105, CIS117DM, CIS117AM, CIS117BM, CIS117CM)
  • Identify, define, and use basic Windows operating system commands. (CIS121AE)
  • Describe issues as they relate to the Internet, including uses of, and methods used to regulate. (CIS105)
  • Demonstrate structured program design. (CIS150++)
  • Analyze problem descriptions and design programming solutions to the problems using common problem-solving techniques. (CIS224)
  • Identify, define, and use local area networks, metropolitan area networks, and wide area networks. (CIS190, MST140)
  • Create and analyze internal and external business communications, including verbal and nonverbal techniques. (GBS233)

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