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2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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

SUNY Broome’s Computer Technology A.A.S. Degree program prepares you for immediate employment in technical environments where knowledge of the interface between hardware and software is necessary. Courses include networks, hardware maintenance, VR applications, and security.

Upon graduation, you could be employed as a computer operator, technician/programmer or engineering aide, and work on protecting network data flow and integrity, or on large software projects. Or, you might work directly with digital devices such as microprocessors and computer interfaces for sensors and controllers. Less emphasis is placed on mathematics and more on computer hardware, digital logic, microprocessors, and VR. Students can potentially transfer to Bachelor of Science programs in Applied Computing, Computer and Information Science, or Computer Science. Students planning to transfer should seek the advice of the department chairperson and the transfer institution.

First Year

Second Year

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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