Computer Information Technology - A.S. Degree/A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Fuel Your Passion for Computer Technology

Computer technology is evolving faster than ever before and demand for computer professionals with the right qualifications is at an all-time high. IT professionals are involved with designing, developing, supporting and managing computer software, hardware and information networks. ACC offers programs in Networking, Programming and Systems providing a wide range of options to help you gain entry into this high paying, in demand career path.

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Career Opportunities

The field of computer information technology offers some of the most well-paying and sought after careers in today’s job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13% job growth through 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations. The median salary for all computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017. According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas will need up to 57,000 new Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, and Computer Support Specialist within the next seven to ten years.

The Computer Information Technology field employs people in many different roles including: 

  • Application Programmer
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Computer Software and Media Application Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Programmer/Administrator
  • Help Desk Clerk
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

For more information on career opportunities in Computer Information Technology, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Computer Systems Degree curriculum will provide you with an introduction to data processing and prepare you for entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program upon completion.

The Computer Science Networking Degree/Certificate program prepares you for careers in many areas of LAN/WAN administration and design. The program will train you for the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and/or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification exams as well as other exams such as CompTIA’s Network+, A+, and Security+. 

The Computer Programming Degree/Certificate will teach you how to create instructions that tell computers which information to identify and access, how to process it, and what equipment to use. To excel in this field, you should have strong math, analytical, and communication skills.

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COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - SYSTEMS
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (A.S.) 

61 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

+MATH 2412 – Pre-Calculus Math

4

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3

ΔCOSC 1436 - Programming Fundamentals I - C++

4
SECOND SEMESTER

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

Δ+MATH 2413 - Calculus I

4

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3

ΔCOSC 1437 - Programming Fundamentals II - JAVA

4

ΔCOSC 2325 - Computer Organization & Machine Language

3
THIRD SEMESTER

Δ+MATH 2414 - Calculus II

4
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

Δ*COSC 2336 - Programming Fundamentals III - Data Structures

3

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

Δ+PHYS 2425 - College Physics I

4
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

4

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3

+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

Δ+PHYS 2426 - College Physics II

4
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - SYSTEMS 
(A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 61

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course
ΔField of Study

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - NETWORKING
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+Select from Component Area Options Core Curriculum
PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework recommended

3

ITMT 1357 - Administering Windows Operating System

3

ITMT 1358 - Windows Client Operating System

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3
SECOND SEMESTER

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

ITMT 2301 - Windows Server 2008 Network
    Infrastructure Configuration

3

ITMT 2302 - Windows Server 2008 AD Configuration

3

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

BCIS 1305 – Business Computer Applications

3

ITNW 1313 - Computer Virtualization

3

ITNW 2321 - Networking with TCP/IP

3

ITSY 1342 - Information Technology Security (Security+)

3

MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning I

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

ITMT 2305 - Designing & Implementing Server Infrastructure

3

*ITMT 2322 - Windows Server 2008 Application
    Platform Configuration

3

ITNW 1353 - Supporting Network Server Infrastructure

3

ITNW 1354 - Implementing & Supporting Services

3
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - NETWORKING 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60
+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course 
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - NETWORKING
CERTIFICATE 

24 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

BCIS 1305 - Business Computer Applications

3

ITMT 1358 - Windows Client Operating System

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ITMT 2301 - Windows Server 2008 Network
    Infrastructure Configuration

3

ITMT 2302 - Windows Server 2008 AD Configuration

3

*ITMT 1357 - Administering Windows Operating System

3

TNW 1313 - Computer Virtualization

3
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - NETWORKING 
CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 24
*Capstone Course 

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - PROGRAMMING
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

BCIS 1305 - Business Computer Applications

3

ΔCOSC 1436 - Programming Fundamentals I - C++ or
ITSE 1407 – Introduction to C++ Programming

4

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3

ITSE 1431 - Introduction to Visual BASIC Programming

4
SECOND SEMESTER

ΔCOSC 1437 - Programming Fundamentals II – JAVA or
ITSE 2417 – Java Programming

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

IMED 2415 - Web Design I

4

+MATH 1314 – College Algebra or
+MATH 1332 Quantitative Reasoning

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

ΔCOSC 2336 - Programming Fundamentals III - Data Structure or
ITSE 2345 – Data Structures

3

ITSE 2409 - Database Programming

4

ITMT 1357 – Administering a Windows Server Operating System

3

ITMT 1358 – Windows Client Operating System

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking or
+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

ΔCOSC 2325 - Computer Organization & Machine Language or
ITSE 2337 – Assembly Language Programming

3

ITSW 1404 - Introduction to Spreadsheets

4

+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum or
+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - PROGRAMMING 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60
+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course
ΔField of Study
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - PROGRAMMING
CERTIFICATE 

32 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

BCIS 1305 - Business Computer Applications

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3

ITSE 1407 - Introduction C++ Programming

4

ITSE 1431 - Introduction to Visual BASIC Programming

4
SECOND SEMESTER

ITSE 2337 – Assembly Language Programming

3

IMED 2415 – Web Design II

4

*ITSE 2417 – Java Programming

4

ITSW 1414 – Introduction to Spreadsheets

4
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - PROGRAMMING 
CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
32

*Capstone Course

A degree from ACC in Programming or Systems can help you transfer to universities to complete your BS in Information Technology.

Computer Information Technology – Programming (A.A.S. Degree)
This degree can transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science Information Technology program at University of Houston Clear Lake and the University of Houston Sugar Land Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Science Information Systems and Digital Gaming & Simulation.

Computer Information Technology – Systems (A.S. Degree)
This is a recommended course of study for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree or higher in Computer Information Systems, Digital Gaming & Simulation, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Game Development, Computer Science, Digital Media, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Graphic Communications, and other computer technology fields. This degree has a 2+2 agreement with other universities.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Yearly costs for the A.S. Degree program are approximately $4,200 for in-district students and $6,960 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. 

Approximate yearly costs for the A.A.S. Degree programs are approximately $3,996 for in-district students and $6,756 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees.  

Costs for the Networking Certificate program are approximately $1,680 for in-district students and $2,784 for those out-of-district per year including tuition and fees.  

Approximate yearly costs for the Programming Certificate program are  $1,998 for in-district students and $3,378 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees.

Additional fees for books and supplies may vary according the the degree/certificate plan.  

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Computer Information Technology is part of our Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other programs that may interest you.