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Program Coordinator: 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 experiences, 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.
Network Administrator, Help Desk Technician, Computer Support Specialist
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 - Specialization in Networking 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, operating systems, hardware, troubleshooting, server administration, 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. Courses in operating systems and PC hardware prepare students for A+ certification. 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 - Specialization in Networking.
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 - Specialization in Networking
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 CST 100
2*College Composition II or Principles of Public Speakings
3*Applied Business Statistics
Third Semester (Fall)
Desktop Database Software
Micro. Operating Systems
PC Hardware & Troubleshooting
Java Programming I
ECO 201 or
5*Principles of Economics I or II
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Structured Query Language
Active Directory (Windows Server 2008)
6*Approved IT Elective or
Java Programming II
8*Social Science Elective
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 and 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.
4. Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; 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. Approved IST electives for Networking Specialists are: ITD 110 Web Page Design I, ITP 112 Visual Basic .NET I, ITP 132 C++ Programming, ITN 157/TEL 251 CISCO IV, ITN 260 Network Security, ITP 140 Client Side Scripting, ITP 240 Server Side Scripting or Co-op. 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.
7. 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. Co-op experiences in web design, graphics, database, networking and/or programming are accepted work experiences. The non-paid Co-op Education option with nonprofit entities is available in this program of study.
8. Social Science electives include any course in economics, geography, history, political science/government, sociology, and/or psychology.
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, the student may appeal the rule by requesting departmental approval from the lead faculty in the IT Department.
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