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Program Coordinators: Mary Sullivan, LRC 217, Ext. 2415 and Tamara Lasley, LRC 206, Ext. 2503
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science program is designed to provide a broad base of information systems and computer software experience, which will prepare the graduate to enter the work force upon graduation. With the rapid development of business and industrial applications of information systems, there is a growing demand of qualified personnel in this area.
Software Applications Programmer
Web Page Developer
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college entry into the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Information Systems Technology requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. Students who are not proficient in English and mathematics will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses. Keyboarding skills are highly recommended. Students may enroll in AST 114 or 101 to upgrade keyboarding skills.
Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in information systems, programming, web page design, help desk topics, productivity software, database management, accounting, business and related areas as well as general education. Instruction covers both the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in business and industry. Each student is urged to consult carefully with the counselor and a faculty advisor. Some courses within this curriculum may be applied to a four-year college program at the discretion of the admitting institution. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum listed, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology.
Notes on Transfer: Associate of Applied Science Degree programs are designed primarily to provide occupational competence for employment entry. Upon the student’s request, courses may be modified to provide possible transfer acceptability by four-year colleges and universities. Transfer options are listed in the footnotes.
Information Systems Technology
First Semester (Fall)
Principles of Accounting I
College Composition I
Introduction to Information Systems
User Support/Help Desk Principles
1*Business Math I
Orientation to College Success
Second Semester (Spring)
ENG 112 or
2*College Composition II or
Principles of Public Speaking
3*Applied Business Statistics
Third Semester (Fall)
Desktop Database Software
Web Page Design I
Java Programming I
ECO 201 or
5*Principles of Economics I
6*Social Science Elective
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Structured Query Language
Client Side Scripting
Server Side Scripting
7*Approved IT Elective or
8* Co-op Education
Java Programming II
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree............................67
The above semester-by semester sequencing of courses may be modified when necessary. Please meet with your faculty advisor for a discussion of factors, which affect planning and sequencing in this program of study.
1. Transfer mathematics can be substituted. For example, MTH 163+271 is recommended for information systems majors at Radford University. Students are urged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer to determine the proper mathematics courses that should be taken at the community college. Placement is required for all mathematics courses.
2. Transfer students are required to complete six (6) credit hours of English Composition, ENG 111-112.
3. Prerequisite: MTH 141. Placement is required for all mathematics courses. Students contemplating transfer should select MTH 241, Statistics I.
4. Humanities electives include: ART 201,202; foreign languages; HUM 201, 202: literature; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.
5. ECO 201 or 202 may be taken to complete the economics requirement. Note that Economics 201 is Macroeconomics and 202 is Microeconomics.
6. Social Science electives include any course in economics, geography, history, political science/government, sociology, and /or psychology.
7. Approved electives for the parent program are: ITN 106 Micro Operating Systems, ITN 107 PC Hardware & Troubleshooting, ITN 113 Active Directory (Windows Server 2008), ITP 112 Visual Basic .NET I, ITP 132 C++ Programming, ITN 260 Network Security or Co-op Education. The faculty reserve the right to add courses to this list as new technology becomes available. Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advising in the selection of the IT elective.
8. Cooperative Education – ITD 297, ITP 297 or ITN 297 may be taken after satisfactory completion of the second semester with Faculty Curriculum Advisor and Faculty Co-op Advisor approvals. The non-paid Co-op Education option with nonprofit entities is available in this program of study.
9. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for Physical Education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general education core.
Note: VHCC policy requires that students must keep their IT skills up to date. Therefore, IT courses transferred from other institutions and IT courses completed at VHCC must not be more than 5 years old for IT majors. If a student can demonstrate competency students, the student may appeal the rule by requesting departmental approval from the lead faculty in the IT Department.
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