Associate Degree

Information Technology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in software development, hardware support, and database systems. This associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

 

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Associate Degree in Information Technology

The AS in Information Technology program will educate students so that they have a command of basic programming, web design skills, and network systems, enabling them to thoughtfully participate in the decisions of the marketplace and thereby contribute to the professions, communities, and organizations to which they belong.

Estimated Annual Cost: $8,280

Cost estimate based on enrollment in 45 annual quarter hours with current Tuition and Fees. Cost includes fees for textbooks and materials.

 

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Career Paths

Computer and Information Research Scientists
Computer and information research scientists design innovative uses for new and existing computing technology.
Database Administrators and Architects
Database administrators and architects create or organize systems to store and secure data.
Information Security Analysts
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

What You Will Learn

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Students will be able to design and develop an object-oriented program that uses the Java programming language, the Java Swing framework for its graphical user interface, and uses the Java class library to read and write sequential text files.

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Students will be able to design and develop a website that uses Hypertest Markup Language (HTML) for its content, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for its presentation, and JavaScript for its behavior.

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Students will be able to utilize MS EXCEL and MS ACCESS to construct models used to evaluate business data.

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Students will be able to formulate effective business communications that reflect professionalism and ethics in the business environment.

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Students will be able to calculate and interpret descriptive statistics and probabilities.

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Students will be able to research and evaluate the role of information systems related to various software applications and technology as business decision-making resources.

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Why pay more for the same degree?

Thanks to our Transfer Agreements, GMC Online students can take their college credits with them to dozens of other colleges and universities. Why pay more for core curriculum when you take the same accredited courses at GMC Online for less, and then transfer to the four-year college of your choice? Here’s a cost comparison:

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Concentration Courses

CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Science I 5qh

This course is an introduction to computer science that focuses on the foundational role of algorithms in computing. Each of the following layers of the abstract computing stack are explored: algorithmic foundations, hardware, system software, networks, information security, higher-level programming languages, types of application software, and social/ethical issues in computing. Students will study basic algorithms using pseudo code and compare them to a corresponding programming language implementation.

CIS 210 Principles of Computer Programming I | 5qh

The study of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving utilizing well-structured code. Additional topics include data types, flow of control structures, single-dimensional arrays, classes, objects, and methods. Course includes programming assignments using the Java programming language.

CIS 211 Principles of Computer Programming II | 5qh

A continuation of the study of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving utilizing well- structured code. Additional topics include multi-dimensional arrays, inheritance, graphical user interfaces, exception handling, sequential file IO, and class library data structures. Course includes programming assignments using the Java programming language.

CIS 212 Web Page Development I 5qh

This course will cover the theory and design of web pages and web sites. Topics covered include, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript, graphical design considerations, search engine ranking strategies, and the use of software in the creation and design of web pages and web sites.

CIS 213 Networking I 5qh

This course is an introduction to computer networks that provides broad coverage of local area networks, internetworks, and wide area networks. Topics include, network hardware, network topologies, network technologies, network media and access methods, network layers and protocols, TCP/IP, network reference models (OSI), network standards (IEEE 802), client and server operating systems, server management and administration, network security, virtualization, and cloud computing. The network security topic overviews security policies, physical security, authentication, authorization, encryption, firewalls, and VPN.

Hiring Partners

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About This Program


The AS in Information Technology program will educate students so that they have a command of basic programming, web design skills, and network systems, enabling them to thoughtfully participate in the decisions of the marketplace and thereby contribute to the professions, communities, and organizations to which they belong.

Degree Program Coordinator


Dr. Russell Spears, rspears@gmc.edu

Program Benefits


Earning an AAS degree in Information Technology will prepare students for employment opportunities and meet educational requirements for continuation towards a bachelor of applied science degree in supervision and management. Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be able to transfer credits to a BAS degree program in management or a computer/management information systems-related field of study.

Cost for the Degree


Average Annual Cost for this Degree:
$8,280

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