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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.

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Please contact Jill Riethmayer at Jill.Riethmayer@LoneStar.edu or call 832.761.6613 for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
ITSE 1302-or-COSC 1309 Computer Programming-or-Logic Design 3
ITSC 1371-or-ITSC 1316 IT Essentials-or-Linux Installation and Configuration 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
Elective Programming Language (Beginning-1st Level Course)1 3
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software 3
ITSE 1303-or-ITSE 1311 Introduction to MySQL-or-Beginning Web Programming 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
Elective Programming Language (Advanced-2nd level course)2 3
Elective Technical3 3
ITSE 1350 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Computer Programming Specialist Certificate Program Total 30 Credits


  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

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Career Options

Median wage: $79,4831

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Analyst Programmer2
  • Applications Developer2
  • Computer Programmer2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.