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Program Coordinator: Mary Sullivan, LRC 217, Ext.2415
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: With new economic development in business and IT industries in Virginia’s Great Southwest, there is a great demand for qualified personnel in the business information technology field. The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree curriculum major in Business Administration with Specialization in Information Technology is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program in a Business or Business IT discipline.
Transfer and Career Objectives:
Business Majors, Business Management Information Systems,
Business Information Technology
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree curriculum major in Business Administration with Specialization in Information Technology requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of social studies.
Students who do not meet these requirements will be permitted to correct their deficiencies in developmental studies. Those students who meet the specific requirements for this degree program but are deficient in basic skills in English and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses.
Program Requirements: The modern business world demands that its employees be knowledgeable in disciplines beyond business technology. Thus, this curriculum requires courses in communication, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in addition to the principles of economics and principles of accounting usually required in the first two years of a baccalaureate in Business and Business IT programs. In order to help prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year college or university, the student usually must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four-year college or university. Upon completion of the four-semester curriculum identified below, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Business Administration Specialization in Business Information Technology.
Business Administration—Specialization in Business Information Technology
First Semester (Fall)
College Composition I
1*MTH 163, 271, 241, or 173
Principles of Accounting I
Orientation to College Success
2*Intro. to Information Systems
Principles of Public Speaking
Second Semester (Spring)
College Composition II
MTH 164, 241, 271, 272, 242, or 174
Principles of Accounting II
Third Semester (Fall)
History 101, 111 or 121
Principles of Economics I
5*Literature 241, 243, 251, or Humanities Elective
6*Science (BIO, CHM, GOL, or PHY)
7*Java Programming I
Fourth Semester (Spring)
History 102, 112 or 122
Principles of Economics II
5*Literature 242, 244, 252, or Humanities Elective
Total Minimum Credits for AA&S Degree..............................61
Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated; and further, to consult with their counselors and advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their academic program and electives.
The above semester-by-semester sequences of courses may be modified when necessary. Please confer with your academic counselor and faculty advisor for a discussion of factors which affect planning and sequencing academic programs of study.
1. Students are urged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine the proper mathematics courses to be taken at the community college.
2. Keyboarding skills are required. Students who need to upgrade their skills should enroll in AST 114. ITE 115 will substitute for ITE 100.
3. Four year colleges that accept ITP 100 do so as an elective credit only.
4. 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.
5. All Students graduating in Business Administration with Specialization in Information Technology must meet minimum requirements of six (6) semester hours in Humanities/Fine Arts. This requirement can be met at VHCC with the following courses; ART 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 100; CST 130, 151, 152; REL 200, 210, 230; FRE 101, 102, 201, 202; SPA 101, 102, 201, 202. Since many four-year colleges and universities still require a year’s study in Literature (American, English, or World) students are advised to consider such requirements in making their choices.
6. The Natural Sciences options to meet the Science requirement are BIO 101-102; BIO 141-142; CHM 101-102 or 111-112; GOL 105-106; PHY 121-122 or 201-202 or 231-232 or 241-242. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the science required in their selected major at the college or university to which transfer is contemplated.
7. ITP 132 or ITP 112 will substitute for the Java requirement.
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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