Information Technology Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

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
CISB 11Computer Information Systems3.5
CISB 15Microcomputer Applications3.5
Software Development
Choose one of the following sequences:3.5
Programming in Visual Basic
and Programming in Visual Basic Laboratory
Programming in Java
and Programming in Java Laboratory
Programming in C++
and Programming in C++ Laboratory
Programming in C#
and Programming in C# Laboratory
Secure Web Programming with ASP.NET
and Secure Web Programming with ASP.NET Laboratory
Mobile Device Programming
and Mobile Device Programming 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
Virtualization Technology
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
Total Units20-21.5

 Recommended Electives

Course Prefix Course Name Units
BUSA 7Principles of Accounting - Financial5
BUSM 20Principles of Business3
BUSM 60Human Relations in Business3
BUSO 25Business Communications3
BUSS 36Principles of Marketing3
CISB 31Microsoft Word3
CISB 51Microsoft PowerPoint3
CISM 11Systems Analysis and Design3.5
R-TV 17Internet Radio and Podcasting3
SPCH 26Interpersonal Communication3
or SPCH 26H Interpersonal Communication - Honors

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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