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Information Technology: Computer Applications Specialist

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.


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Field of Interest: 
Computer and Information Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan: 
Information Technology: Computer Applications Specialist (DEG)
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Award 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.

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
CIS118DBDesktop Presentation: PowerPoint3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS190Introduction to Networking (3) OR
CNT140AAIntroduction to Networks (4)3-4
GBS151Introduction to Business3
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS120DCAdobe Animate: Digital Animation3
CIS120DFAdobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging4
CIS120DHComputer Graphics: Microsoft Visio3
CIS121ABMicrosoft Command Line Operations1
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I1
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
CIS138DADesktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign3
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System3
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I (3) OR
CIS162ADC#: Level I (3) OR
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I (3)3
CIS214DEAdvanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II3
CIS217AMAdvanced Microsoft Access: Database Management3
CIS220DFAdobe Photoshop Level II3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration3
MST157DAActive Directory Windows Server Configuration4
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area.6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area.3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Critical Reading area.3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4)3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Describe common uses of computer information systems and fundamental computer concepts; use common microcomputer business software applications and perform basic programming techniques. (CIS105)
  • Organize a problem for solution with spreadsheet software. (CIS114DE)
  • Apply principles of effective worksheet and database layout in building a spreadsheet. (CIS114DE)
  • Sort a spreadsheet in a variety of ways. (CIS114DE)
  • Prepare and print graphs. (CIS114DE)
  • Use statistical spreadsheet features. (CIS114DE)
  • Create database files. (CIS117DM)
  • Add, delete and alter records within the database files. (CIS117DM)
  • Retrieve information for screen display and printing. (CIS117DM)
  • Present database records in various organized ways. (CIS117DM)
  • Investigate solutions for a variety of common data management problems. (CIS117DM)
  • Produce professional-quality presentation visuals with animation and sound. (CIS118DB)
  • 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)
  • Install/configure Windows and implement/configure administrative tools. (MST150++)
  • Describe in writing the marketing functions of promotion, selling, merchandising, distribution, producing goods, and producing services. (GBS151)

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