DEGREE: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
DIVISION: BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Computer Information Technology is primarily concerned with the study of computer and Internet technologies and with the application of the systematic methods of developing information system solutions for businesses and organizations. It includes ongoing operations, as well as planning, development, implementation, maintenance, and management of these technologies and systems in a variety of settings. This program includes a core of courses to be completed by all students, plus four concentrations from which each student selects one.
The goals of this curriculum are: (1) to prepare students for entry-level positions in information technology and information systems, with sufficient knowledge of the overall computer technology environment to advance along several career paths, e.g., application programming, systems analysis/design, web design, and I.T. support; and (2) to provide the appropriate foundation for further studies in computer information systems and information technology, such as in a four-year degree program.
This concentration helps students prepare for traditional jobs and careers in the Information Technology field. Fundamentals of the programming and database management are expanded beyond the learning offered in the core curriculum: Java, additional Visual Basic, and a second course in database management are included in the concentration specialist courses.
Web Design Concentration
Students interested in becoming web page and web site designers and developers will find this concentration challenging and rewarding. A combination of technologies and tools are taught, to assist the student in working as a professional in the web environment.
Students who pursue a concentration in E-Commerce will be interested in marketing, general business, and foundations of Internet and Web technologies specifically for business. E-Commerce graduates might work in Internet commerce as marketing managers, advertising and promotions managers, small-business entrepreneurs, and in other evolving electronic business support roles.
Technical Specialist Concentration
This concentration guides student to build a solid college program for optimal transfer to a 4-year university. Students should meet with an advisor to determine the best courses to take for transfer options.
NOTE: A student may earn a degree in only one of these concentrations.