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Computer Programming Specialist AAS Degree

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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.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Computer Programmer Certificate Level I and Computer Programming Specialist Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree.

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 -or- BCIS 1305 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers -or- Business Computer Applications 3
ITSC 1371-or-ITSC 1316 IT Essentials-or-Linux Installation and Configuration 3
ITSE 1302 -or- COSC 1315 Computer Programming -or- COSC 1315 3
ITSE 1303 -or- ITSE 1311 Introduction to MySQL -or- Beginning Web Programming 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software 3
Elective Programming Language (Beginning-1st Level Course)2 3
ITSE 1350 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Elective Technical Elective5 3
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
Fourth Semester Courses 12 Credits
Elective Programming Language (Advanced-2nd level course)4 3
Elective Math1 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
Elective Programming Language (Beginning-1st Level Course)2 3
Fifth Semester Courses 12 Credits
Elective Technical Elective5 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Science3 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I 3
Elective Programming Language (Advanced-2nd level course)4 3
Sixth Semester Courses 6 Credits
Elective Creative Arts of Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
INEW 2332 -or- ITSE 2380 -or- ITSC 2372 Comprehensive Software Project: Coding, Testing, and Implementation -or- Cooperative Education - Computer Programming -or- Technical Skills Portfolio6 3
Computer Programming Specialist AAS Program Total 60 Credits


  1. Choose from MATH 1314 or higher level course.
  2. Must take the Beginning courses from two separate programing languages. Choose from the following courses: ITSE 1307, 1330, 1332, 2317, 1311 or COSC 1320.
  3. Choose from the AAS Core
  4. Must take the Advanced courses in same programming language as beginning courses were taken: ITSE 2302, 2331, 2349, 2353 or INEW 2338
  5. Choose from ITSE, ITNW, ITSC, IMED, GRPH, COSC, ITSW 1304, ITSW 1307, GAME1343, GAME 1359, GAME 2303.
  6. Capstone course

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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. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  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 $862 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.

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