Computer Programming Specialist AAS DegreeAssociate of Applied Science




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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- Introduction to Computer Programming 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

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


Program Details

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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