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Computer Programming

Associate of Applied Science

Program Length: 20 months (may be completed in as little as 15 months)

Degree Overview

computer programming degree

Computer Programming Degree

By earning a computer programming degree, you can prepare for a number of entry-level IT positions, including web development, computer programming, and database design. This program focuses on helping you develop the keen problem-solving skills that are essential to understanding computer systems and finding solutions to challenges & skills that are in demand in a variety of industries, from private corporations to government agencies and more. Throughout the computer programming degree program, you will be taught several programming languages, database design, and web development.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
APP 126 Databases 3.5
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
ECN 220 Economics 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
MAN 210 Entrepreneurship 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MCS 101 Computer Servicing I 3.5
MCS 102 Computer Servicing II 3.0
MCS 213 Workstation Administration 3.5
MCS 214 Server Administration 3.5
NET 104 Networking Concepts II 3.5
NET 115 Security Concepts 3.5
NET 221 Network Communications I 3.5
OPS 101 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.0
OPS 113 Linux Operating System I 3.5
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PRG 101 Solutions Concepts 3.5
PRG 102 Programming Logic & Design I 3.5
PRG 103 Programming Logic & Design II 3.5
PRG 104 Programming Fundamentals 3.0
PRG 105 C# I 3.0
PRG 111 Web Page Programming I 3.5
PRG 140 Database Programming I 3.5
PRG 249 Web Page Programming II 3.5
PRG 250 Web Page Programming III 3.0
PSY 299 Professional Development 4.0

Course Description

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Computer Fundamentals

This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.

Credits: 3.5


This course introduces several current database software products and their use in business. Emphasis is placed on database terminology in the study of tables, queries, forms, and reports. Computations and expressions are used to perform database inquiries.

Credits: 3.5

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0


Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0


This course is a career-related overview of business startups, idea identification, value proposition, and competitive advantages in a student's area of specialization. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas; to learn how to prepare and evaluate business plans; and to identify capital sources for new ventures.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Computer Servicing I

Focuses on diagnosis and repair of computer systems. Passive and preventive maintenance procedures are studied. Also includes: theory and practice in upgrade and configuration of computer systems, including addition of memory, pointing device interfacing, hard drives, printers, modems, and multimedia upgrade kits.

Credits: 3.5

Computer Servicing II

Introduces the proper procedures for assembly and disassembly of a computer system. Safety concepts and procedures are covered, including electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical shock hazards. Students are introduced to the proper tools necessary to assemble and disassemble a computer. Cables and connectors are identified and case styles are covered. In this course, a student will disassemble a computer and identify all components. The student will then properly assemble the computer and verify proper operation. (Prerequisite: MCS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.0

Workstation Administration

Focuses on installation, configuration, and administration of workstation operating systems. Students install, upgrade, and configure workstations while working with file systems, devices, drivers, accounts, and protocols. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Server Administration

Covers installation, configuration, and administration of server operating systems. Students install, upgrade, configure, and administer servers while working with disks, accounts, and system resources. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Networking Concepts II

Introduces wireless standards, remote access, and WAN technologies. Students will understand threats, firewalls, and basic security in small networks and learn to monitor and manage network operations. Students will learn the process of troubleshooting and documentation.

Credits: 3.5

Security Concepts

This course concentrates on general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, basics of cryptography, and operational/organizational security.

Credits: 3.5

Network Communications I

Examines switch and router communications and configurations. Students learn network types, network media, switching and routing fundamentals, TCP/IP, IP addressing and routing, WAN technologies, operating and configuring switch and router operating systems, and managing network environments. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Introduction to Operating Systems

Students are taught basic operating system concepts including the boot process, interrupt handling, CPU instruction cycle theory, and device driver theory. A short history of operating systems is covered. Installation, configuration, use, and troubleshooting of operating systems are covered, and students are given the opportunity to practice related skills. Batch file programming is also covered.

Credits: 4.0

Linux Operating System I

This course serves as an introduction to the Linux operating system. Students learn to install, configure, and administer the Linux operating system. Other topics include desktop applications, clients, games, LAN, WAN, the shell, and shell scripts. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Introduction to Logic

This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.

Credits: 4.0

Solutions Concepts

Introduces students to project management. Topics include analysis of business requirements, development and deployment cycles, creating project plans for successful delivery, implementation of risk management techniques and mitigation strategies, scheduling task cycles, and implementing monitoring tools and controls to track project progress

Credits: 3.5

Programming Logic & Design I

Introduces elementary programming concepts. Areas of study include an introduction to the history of programming and programming languages, flow charts, and logic structures.

Credits: 3.5

Programming Logic & Design II

Increases student knowledge of programming concepts (i.e., flowcharts, logic structures). Structures and basic programming constructs are explored and applied. Students are introduced to data types and use of variables in programming. (Prerequisite: PRG102)

Credits: 3.5

Programming Fundamentals

Introduces the student to the Software Development Environment. Students will create working programs. Students learn best practices in debugging, trouble shooting, and interacting with the computer's operating system.

Credits: 3.0

C# I

Students are introduced to desktop programming using the C# language. Object Oriented Programming concepts are covered in this course.

Credits: 3.0

Web Page Programming I

This course introduces students to basic web programming languages and concepts. Students will learn HTML, XHTML, CSS and other introductory web programming concepts.

Credits: 3.5

Database Programming I

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL). This course focuses on the basic techniques of SQL as it applies to data retrieval and manipulation.

Credits: 3.5

Web Page Programming II

This course introduces students to JavaScript and Web-development tools used in creating, designing, validating, and trouble-shooting Web pages

Credits: 3.5

Web Page Programming III

This course builds upon Web-Page Programming I and II. Students create more complex and robust web sites that have professional navigation, design, and user interaction. Students will complete the course with a web site that can be used as part of their career portfolio.

Credits: 3.0

Professional Development

This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 29Total Credits: 104.5

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