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Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Computer Information Technology

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Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in

Computer Information Technology

Program of Study Summary


Academic Program Inventory (API) Title/s:

A.A.S. in Computer Information Technology

            with optional concentrations in:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Defense 
  • Database Management
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Systems Administration & Management
  • Systems Analyst


CIP code/s:                                                                SOC code/s:

API CIP code: 06.11.0103.00 for CIT                        SOC 1: 15-1100          SOC 4: 43-9010

                                                                                  SOC 2: 15-1152          SOC 5: 15-1199

                                                                                  SOC 3: 15-1142          SOC 6: 49-2011         


For TBR use only:

API CIP code for Cloud Computing                                         11.1003

API CIP code for Cyber Defense Concentration:                   11.1003

API CIP code for Database Management Concentration:     11.0301

API CIP code for Mobile Technologies Concentration:         ???

API CIP code for Networking Concentration:                         11.0901

API CIP code for Programming Concentration:                     11.0202

API CIP code for Sys Admin & Mgmt Concentration             11.1001

API CIP code for Systems Analyst Concentration:                11.0501


Professional Accrediting Body: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

State Agency/Entity Oversight: None

Certifications/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: Numerous course-related industry certifications

Program Description:

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Technology prepares students for positions in the workplace through the use of various systems, applications, languages and products. The concentrations offered at [INSERT YOUR INSTITUTION HERE] include [INSERT THE CHOSEN CONCENTRATIONS FOR YOUR CAMPUS HERE]. The program consists of a common core of General Education and Computer Information Technology major core courses, combined with subject-specific courses designed to address skills within the concentration area.

These subject-specific courses focus on those skillsets identified by employers as essential in today’s workplace and, where appropriate, will prepare students for industry-recognized certification examinations. The concentrations are designed to ensure that students have the proper experience, training, and skills to begin work in the chosen field upon successful completion of the chosen program of study.

Program Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  1. Utilize diverse disciplines to enhance communication, research, business and technology skills in the workplace.
  2. Execute programming languages in the process of design and implementation while developing and maintaining software.
  3. Develop effective problem-management and decision-making skills.
  4. Demonstrate various networking media and connections to explain the features and capabilities of networking software.
  5. Demonstrate skill and knowledge in preparation for industry-recognized certification examinations.

This program is not designed as a transfer program to a four-year institution.  However, institutions are encouraged to establish articulation agreements that maximize transfer options and/or establish pathways from diploma and certificate programs. These transfer options and pathways should utilize Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit to promote completion of higher education programs.


General Education Requirements: 15-16 SCH

ENGL 1010 English Composition I  3
Speech Elective  3
MATH 1010 OR above /OR Natural Science Elective  3-4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective  3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective  3

*General Education electives must be chosen from campus-approved General Education course lists

Major Field Core Courses: 15-16 SCH

CITC 1301 - Introduction to Programming and Logic    
CITC 1310 - Programming I    
CISP 1010 - Computer Science I (TTP)   3-4
CITC 1302 - Introduction to Networking    
CITC 1323 - CCNA I   3
CITC 1303 - Database Concepts   3
CITC 1300 - Beginning HTML & CSS    
CITC 1334 - Project Management I    
Approved Business Elective from the Course Library  3

 CITC 2190, 2290, 2390- CITC Capstone            ​


CITC 2199, 2299, 2399, 2499- CITC Co-Op / Internship I, II, III, or IV




Each Concentration must include a minimum of 15 SCH, with the 3-4 courses listed below as system-wide requirements for that concentration.  Additional courses required to complete the 60 SCH degree must be selected by the faculty from the Common Course Library for Computer Information Technology or from the list of general education courses approved by the institution as may be needed to comply with accreditation requirements.

Guided electives should in most cases address a technical skill and would therefore, usually be a CITC course. The exception would be when either accreditation requires something else OR when the local workforce advisory group recommends more general education courses to address soft skills.  Any institutionally approved general education course may be used without adding it to the library’s listing of approved courses.  If a course needs to be added to the approved listings, faculty may request the addition which will be taken to the Statewide Curriculum Committee for approval.

Cloud Computing

An additional 6 credit hours is required for the Cloud Computing Concentration. Each community college will determine which courses will meet this requirement.

Cyber Defense

The Cyber Defense Concentration will focus on topics in cyber security and digital forensics.

The students will learn how to fortify computer networks in order to prevent security breaches from cyber terrorists or other intruders. In addition, students will learn how to recover data using digital forensics techniques. Students will also develop strong critical thinking skills and will learn by doing within a hands-on lab environment along with real world internship experiences. 

Database Management

The Database Management Concentration focuses on the management of data. Courses emphasize the development, execution and supervision of plans, policies, programs and practices that control, protect, deliver and enhance information assets. Areas of emphasis include database analysis & design, query languages, stored procedures, database management & security techniques, data quality management, data warehousing, data mining, and data governance. 

Internet of Things

While the promise of the Internet of Things (loT) brings many new business prospects it also presents significant challenges ranging from technology architectural choices to security concerns. The new Internet of Things program concentration offers important insights on how to overcome these challenges and thrive in this exciting space. At the end of the program students will be able to understand how to develop and implement their own IoT technologies solutions and applications.

Mobile Technologies

The Mobile Technologies concentration focuses on programming languages required to create           applications for Android, Apple, and Windows devices. Emphasis is also given to wireless networks and communications and to mobile security. These courses will prepare students to design and implement apps and to maintain and update wireless systems as components of larger networks. The concentration may include coursework focused on further programming or networking components through consultation with an advisor. 


Students in the Networking Concentration will complete coursework and hands-on experiences in planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of networks of different sizes. In addition to networking skills, students will also complete Computer Science coursework in security, operating systems, server management, and programming, in combination with other technology courses. Certifications applicable to this concentration may include Network+, A+, and Cisco CCNA, among others. 


This concentration is a preparation for a career as a programmer or software engineer. Emphasis is placed on issues related to knowing how to use the features of object programming languages like java, the design and implementation of classes and objects, the process of developing and maintaining software. Students will also develop strong critical thinking skills and will learn by doing along with real world internship experiences. This concentration may include preparation for the Oracle certified Associate (Java Programmer Certification).

Systems Administration and Management

The Systems Administration & Management Concentration focuses on the design, implementation, management and troubleshooting of computer systems. Required courses prepare students to acquire, install, configure, upgrade and secure standalone, networked and mobile systems. Areas of emphasis include Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems. 

Systems Analyst

The Systems Analyst concentration prepares the student to solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the needs of their organization. The concentration includes diverse disciplines to enhance the communication, research, business, and technology skills of the student. 

Data Analytics

The Data Analytics concentration prepares students for entry-level data analytics positions requiring knowledge, setup and usage of business intelligence, and data analysis techniques. Students will have the ability to extract, manipulate, and visualize data in support of organizational decision making. The Data Analytics concentration combines skills from computer information technology, statistics, and analytics. Course work will include instructional information regarding databases, SQL, analysis of big data, data visualization, programming, mathematical and statistical techniques, and project management. Emphasis is placed on strong communication skills necessary to interact with key stakeholders to achieve their desired objectives.

Additional Approved Courses

Each community college can draw from the list of common courses below to include in their CIT degree requirements.  They can also use any of the courses listed above as requirements for a specific elective.  All common course library courses are 3 SCH unless indicated otherwise.

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