The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program enables students to concentrate in one of the following areas
(concentrations allow for completion of Career Studies Certificate in the same area):
Students select from ONE of the IST Career Studies Certificate programs listed above to define an area of concentration for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Information Systems Technology AAS degree is to develop and/or enhance the information technology skills and knowledge of students by providing training in the latest technology that businesses demand. This program is for students who seek employment in business information systems, who desire to update their information technology skills for their current job, or who desire to improve their technology skills and knowledge to help prepare for industry certifications.
TRANSFER INFORMATION: Four-year college and university transfer opportunities for this degree, if existing, are usually very specific in nature. Students interested in IT Management or Information Security at the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies or Occupational and Technical Studies at Old Dominion University should consult their faculty advisor upon program entry for further guidance.
Cloud Computing: Entry-level Cloud System Administrators; Cyber Information Security Specialists; Programmers; Developers
Computer Applications: Computer Support Specialist; Computer Technician; Help Desk Analyst; Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist)
Computer Applications Fundamentals: Computer Support Specialist; Computer Technician; Help Desk Analyst; Information Technology Clerks.
Computer Programmer: Entry-Level Computer Programmer Analyst; Software Developer; Web Programmer
Cyber Security: Help Desk Specialist; Entry-Level Information Security Analyst; Entry-Level Cyber Security Specialist
Network Fundamentals: Hardware Technician; Entry-Level Help Desk Technician; and Entry-Level Technical Support
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission
Students must get approval from the appropriate IT program head or their academic advisor in choosing program electives or substitutions. Students should complete SDV 101: Orientation to STEM disciplines during their first semester of study at the college.
All new students should meet with an Information Systems Technology faculty advisor in the first semester.
IT courses used for this program may not be more than 10 years old.
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an Information Systems Technology (IST) academic advisor for further information.
COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 152. Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 152. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.
Curriculum: Information Systems Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree
All information technology courses must be completed within ten years of a student’s graduation date. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in SIS.
Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an Information Systems Technology (IST) academic advisor for further information.