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Major Code: 3098
Award: AAS
CIPS Code: 11.0899
Total Credits: 61-65

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology: Computer Applications Specialist is designed to enhance the information technology skills gained, focusing on advanced software skills - including application implementation, development, and operating systems - necessary for entry-level software technician support positions. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program. Students should select from the following courses in consultation with a Department Advisor.

Program Prerequisites


Required Courses

Credits: 21-22
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet 3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management 3
CIS118DBDesktop Presentation: PowerPoint 3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
CIS190Introduction to Local Area Networks (3) OR
CNT140AAIntroduction to Networks (4) 3-4
GBS151Introduction to Business 3
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course 3

Restricted Electives

Credits: 15-16
CIS120DCAdobe Animate: Digital Animation 3
CIS120DFAdobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging 4
CIS120DHComputer Graphics: Microsoft Visio 3
CIS121ABMicrosoft Command Line Operations 1
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I 1
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I 3
CIS138DADesktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign 3
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System 3
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I (3) OR
CIS162ADC#: Level I (3) OR
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I (3) 3
CIS214DEAdvanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II 3
CIS217AMAdvanced Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
CIS220DFAdobe Photoshop Level II 3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration 3
MST157DAActive Directory Windows Server Configuration 4

General Education Requirements

General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Critical Reading area.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) 3-5
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area.

Program Competencies

  • 1. Describe common uses of computer information systems and fundamental computer concepts; use common microcomputer business software applications and perform basic programming techniques. (CIS105)

  • 2. Organize a problem for solution with spreadsheet software. (CIS114DE)

  • 3. Apply principles of effective worksheet and database layout in building a spreadsheet. (CIS114DE)

  • 4. Sort a spreadsheet in a variety of ways. (CIS114DE)

  • 5. Prepare and print graphs. (CIS114DE)

  • 6. Use statistical spreadsheet features. (CIS114DE)

  • 7. Create database files. (CIS117DM)

  • 8. Add, delete and alter records within the database files. (CIS117DM)

  • 9. Retrieve information for screen display and printing. (CIS117DM)

  • 10. Present database records in various organized ways. (CIS117DM)

  • 11. Investigate solutions for a variety of common data management problems. (CIS117DM)

  • 12. Produce professional-quality presentation visuals with animation and sound. (CIS118DB)

  • 13. Describe the benefits, uses, and problems associated with networks; identify the components of a network; and describe the protocols, hardware, and cabling types related to networks. (CIS190, CNT140AA)

  • 14. Install/configure Windows and implement/configure administrative tools. (MST150++)

  • 15. Describe in writing the marketing functions of promotion, selling, merchandising, distribution, producing goods, and producing services. (GBS151)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

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