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The Computer Programming Specialist Certificate (C2_CPS2) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball.  It can also be earned completely online through LSC-Online. For more information, please contact the Computer Information Technology Department.

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Program Description

Successful organizations need people that know how to use technology to find solutions to business challenges. Individuals who understand how to contribute to productivity using technology are valued employees.

The Associate of Science in Information Technology (AAS) curriculum includes a common core and two levels of certificates. The AAS core provides a strong foundation in the key information technology areas of programming logic and structure, language implementation and ethics. This core provides a foundation that can be used to build a knowledge base for a variety of information technology careers. Students who have technology degrees or who have articulated courses from high school may receive advanced training in a specific programming language or languages.

The general education core courses, COSC classes, and some technical courses transfer to a variety of universities. Technical AAS degrees transfer in total to some universities. Contact a counselor or advisor at any college for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Programming students interested in transferring to a bachelor’s program in computer science should consider completing the AS degree with a field of study in computer science. See the academic transfer section of this catalog for details.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
ITSE 1302 Computer Programming OR 3
COSC 1309 Logic Design  
ITSC 1371 IT Essentials OR 3
ITSC 1316 Linux Installation and Configuration  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective1   Programming Language (beginning-1st level course) 3
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software 3
ITSE 1303 Introduction to MySQL OR 3
ITSE 1311 Beginning Web Programming  
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communicatoin 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective2   Programming Language (advanced-2nd level sequence course) 3
Elective3   Technical 3
ITSE 1350 System Analysis and Design 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Computer Programming Specialist Certificate:


  1. Choose Elective From ITSE 1307 OR COSC 1320, ITSE 1330, 1332, 2317, 1311
  2. Capstone Course Choose Elective From ITSE 2349, 2331, 2353 or INEW 2338
  3. Technical Elective - Choose from ITSE,ITNW, ITSC, IMED, GRPH, GAME,COSC, ITSW 1304, ITSW 1307, or ITSW