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Computer Technology: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science

CIP Code: 15.1201


The mission of the Computer Technology program is to prepare a student to obtain immediate employment in a technical environment. The Computer Technology program will provide students with a solid foundation of both hardware and software topics such as programming languages, computer maintenance, networks, and applications.  Students will obtain the ability to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills through hands-on learning to develop hardware and software solutions in a professional environment. With small class sizes and supportive faculty, students have flexibility to focus on Technical, Network, or Security and Computer Forensics courses to allow them to be prepared to obtain employment in the technology area of their choice.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of modern programmers
  2. Apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  3. Conduct laboratory and field testing procedures and to interpret data and apply result.
  4. Apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve technical problems.
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively.

Program Supervisor

Julie Cooley, Chairperson
Office: Applied Technology Building, Room 011A
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5277

The Computer Technology program consists of a sequence of college level courses leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. Computer Technology places less emphasis on mathematics and more on computer hardware, digital logic, and microprocessors. Graduates are prepared to work in a technical environment where knowledge of the interface between hardware and software is necessary. These positions may include computer operators, technician/programmers, or engineering aides, working on large software projects or working directly with digital devices such as microprocessors and computer interfaces for sensors and controllers.

The program may take more than two years to complete depending on a student's academic background. Preparatory courses are offered for students not meeting entry requirements for the regular Computer Technology program. Courses taken to meet prerequisite requirements will not count as credit towards the Computer Technology degree. Students may elect to transfer to four-year schools to pursue a bachelor of science program in Computer Science or Information Technology. Students planning to transfer should seek the advice of the department chairperson. Students can attend full-time or part-time, both day and evening.

Technical Career Path

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester (17 Credits)

  • General Education Elective (3 Credits)
  • Two CST Electives (6 Credits)
  • Natural Sciences Sequence (4 Credits)

Spring Semester (16 Credits)

  • CST Elective (200 level) (3 Credits)
  • Gen Ed Elective (3 Credits)
  • Natural Sciences Sequence (4 Credits)

Graduation Requirements: 64 Credits

Network Career Path

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester (16 Credits)

  • CST Elective (3 Credits)
  • Natural Sciences Elective (4 Credits)

Spring Semester (15 Credits)

  • CST Elective (200 level) (3 Credits)

Graduation Requirements: 62 Credits

Online Course Recommendations

It is recommended that all students taking online courses should have high-speed Internet connections. The software used by online students may come bundled with the course textbook, and/or be available online. Some online courses will require a student to purchase the software necessary to complete the course.

Computer Recommendation

A student seeking a career in the computer programming profession should have a home computer with an Internet connection. Students will have to have access to a computer and the internet in order to write programs, analyze problems, make presentations, and write reports and submit assignments in online courses. Many assignments cannot be completed without access to a computer. While the College provides access to computers, in open labs, these labs are not available at all times. Students are strongly urged to purchase a computer that can run the current version of Microsoft Windows, has at least two processing cores with speed of at least 2.8 GHz, with 4 GB of RAM memory, and a 250 Gigabyte hard drive. The Computer Science Department currently uses Microsoft Visual C++.NET as its main development environment.


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