Information Technology Emphasis (AA degree A8985)

Business Division
Degree A8985

The A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Information Technology is designed to prepare students for a career in Information Technology. The degree offers a balanced set of classes that enables students to maintain and secure a computer, create and modify computer applications and databases, create customized reports, and use productivity software to solve business problems. Emphasis is place on developing object-oriented, business-related applications, creating and maintaining a database, and utilizing operating system utilities to optimize, maintain and secure a computer. Career opportunities available after the completion of this degree include technical support and systems analyst. Students wishing a bachelor's degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of course. 

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Information Technology Basics
Required Core 7
Computer Information Systems
Microcomputer Applications
Software Development
Choose one of the following sequences:3.5
Programming in Java
and Programming in Java Laboratory
Programming in C++
and Programming in C++ Laboratory
Programming in C#
and Programming in C# Laboratory
Programming in Python
and Programming in Python Laboratory
Secure Web Server Programming in Python
and Secure Web Server Programming in Python Laboratory
Database Technology
Choose one of the following sequences:3.5
Database Management - Microsoft Access
and Database Management - Microsoft Access Laboratory
Database Management - Microsoft SQL Server
and Database Management - Microsoft SQL Server Laboratory
Database Management - Oracle
and Database Management - Oracle Laboratory
Operating Systems and Networking
Choose one of the following options:3-3.5
Telecommunications Networking
and Telecommunications/Networking Laboratory
Windows Operating System
Linux Operating System
and Linux Operating System Laboratory
Choose one of the following options:3-4
Principles of Information Systems Security
Operating Systems Security
Network Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures
and Network Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures Laboratory
Recommended Elective
Choose one of the following options:
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Systems Analysis and Design
Total Units20-21.5

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Know the four primary operations of a computer and the hardware that performs these operations.
  • Be able to create effective queries that answer needed questions.
  • Be able to identify four types of common transmission media and be able to describe the basic characteristics of each.
  • Be able to use decision making statements and loops in order to create a business application.
  • Be able to understand the need for security.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

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