Computer Applications Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Computer Applications Technology Program includes courses in the following microcomputer areas: general usage and applications, operating systems, word processing, database, spreadsheets, and desktop publishing, Other skills which are integrated with the microcomputer training are accounting, English, and math. Many of the courses are offered in a self-paced format to enable students to enter and complete the program in a timely and flexible manner. Students take the courses for personal development of microcomputer skills and to prepare for or enhance employment. This degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level occupations in the rapidly expanding field of computer information systems. Upon completion of the program students should be able to operate a microcomputer and use a variety of software in a professional manner.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course in the "Required Courses" area.
CIS120++courses cannot be used to satisfy both 'Required Courses' and 'Restricted Electives' areas.
CIS114++Any Excel course(s) (1-3)3
BPC117++Any Database Management: Oracle course(s) (1-3) 3 OR
CIS117++Any Database Management: Microsoft Access course(s) (1-3)3
CIS118++Any Desktop Presentation: Power Point course(s) (1-3)3
CIS120++Any Computer Graphics course(s) (1-3)3
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I1
CIS133AAInternet/Web Development Level I-A (1) AND
CIS133BAInternet/Web Development Level I-B (1) AND
CIS133CAInternet/Web Development Level I-C (1)
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I (3)3
BPC/OAS135++Any Word Processing Software course2
BPC138++Any Desktop Publishing course3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS190Introduction to Networking3
OAS120Financial Record Keeping3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select nine (9) credits from the following courses in consultation with a program advisor.
CIS120DBComputer Graphics: IBM Adobe Illustrator3
CIS120DCAdobe Animate: Digital Animation3
CIS120DFAdobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging3
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
CIS/MMT140Survey of Multimedia Technology2
CIS150Programming Fundamentals3
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I3
CIS233DAInternet/Web Development Level II3
OAS101AAComputer Typing I: Keyboard Mastery (1) OR
OAS102Computer Typing II: Document Production (3)1-3
TQM/CSM101Quality Customer Service3
CIS250Management of Information Systems3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25
General Education CoreCredits: 15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition3
ENG111Technical Writing3
ENG102First Year Composition is acceptable if ENG111 is not available.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area or equivalent as indicated by assessment.3
MathematicsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN212Microeconomic Principles3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Demonstrate mastery of microcomputing accounting systems including the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll (OAS120)
  • Use a microcomputer presentation program to create, store, modify and print presentations. (CIS118++)
  • Use a microcomputer spreadsheet program to create, store, modify, and print electronic spreadsheets. (CIS114++)
  • Use a microcomputer database program to create, store, modify, and generate reports. ( CIS117++)
  • Use a microcomputer graphics program to create, store, and print charts, graphs, and other visual images for business purposes. (CIS120++)
  • Use a microcomputer word processing system to create, modify, and print a variety of business documents. (BPC/OAS135++)
  • Use appropriate commercial software packages to compose and print newsletters, flyers, resumes, brochures, advertisements, and other typical desktop publications from templates and models. (BPC138++)
  • Use the Internet's communication features and information search and retrieval tools to solve problems. (CIS133++)
  • Describe common uses of computers in modern business practices. (CIS105)
  • Identify and describe common microcomputer hardware and software. (CIS105)
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software to complete common business operations and transactions. (CIS105)
  • Use a graphical user interface (GUI) to control an operating system for enhancing and improving application functionality. (CIS121AE)
  • Define and apply data communication terminology and hardware configurations associated with a Local Area Network computing environment to hands-on application of skill. (CIS190)

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