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The Computer Programming Specialist AAS degree (AAS_CSPS) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-North Harris, 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

Students seeking degrees in computer information technology may follow a plan that adds academic courses to the two levels of certificates. Students who have degrees or who have articulated courses from high school may receive additional training in areas such as Visual Basic.NET, C, RPG programming, and Network Security.

Students will find coursework, taught by certified instructors, in our certificate and degree programs that lead to professional certification from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle.

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.

Students interested in transferring to a bachelor's program in computer science should consider completing the A.A. 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
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
COSC 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  
MATH1   Math Elective 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

15

Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective2   Programming Language (Beginning-1st Level Course) 3
Elective2   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 Communication 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

15

Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective3   General Education 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

6

 

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective4   Programming Language (Advanced-2nd level course) 3
Elective4   Programming Language (Advanced-2nd level course) 3
ITSE 1350 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Elective5   Technical Elective 3
Elective3   Humanities/Fine Arts 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

15

Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective5   Technical Elective 3
Elective3   Social/Behavioral Science 3
ITSE6 2332 Comprehensive Software Project: Coding, Testing, and Implementation OR 3
ITSE6 2380 Cooperative Education: Computer Programming OR  
ITSC6 2372 Technical Skills Portfolio  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

9

 

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Computer Programming Specialist AAS:

60

  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 2331, 2349, 2353 or INEW 2338
  5. Choose from ITSE, ITNW, ITSC, IMED, GRPH, GAME, COSC, ITSW 1304, ITSW 1307.
  6. Capstone course