Information Technology Option I: Information Technology Specialist


Designed to prepare students for immediate entry into computer-related occupations and provide opportunities for individuals in the industry to upgrade their skills.

The program consists of core requirements leading to an A.A.S. degree with intrinsic flexibility in a variety of topics.


Andy Yao
Program Manager

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager

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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list)  3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ (HS 102 Human Relations recommended) 3
Arts & Humanities  
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) (PH 208 or PH 201 recommended) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 106–Introduction to Object Design & Programming 3
PE/Health Elective 1/3
Core Requirements  
 BU 281–Global Awareness in the Work Environment ‡ 3
CIS 111M–Personal Computer Operating Systems Concepts 3
CIS 203–Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 212–Personal Computer Repair & Diagnostics 3
CIS 204–Computer Information Sciences Project or  
INTR 103–Internship 3
CIS 218–Introduction to Information Security and Assurance 3
Other Requirements (select 20 credits from the following list of approved electives)  
CIS 103A–Introductory Keyboarding (3)  
CIS 103B–Executive Keyboarding (3)  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers and Information Processing (3)  
CIS 111A–Microcomputer Software Applications: Word Processing (3)  
CIS 111B–Microcomputer Software Applications: Database (3)  
CIS 111E–Microcomputer Software Applications: Spreadsheets (3)  
CIS 111J–Microcomputer Software Applications: Web Page Development (3)  
CIS 111L–Microcomputer Software Applications: Open Operating Systems (3)  
CIS 111R–Business Software Applications (3)  
CIS 116B–Internet Home Page (1)  
CIS 116C–Presentation Graphics (1)  
CIS 116D–Windows (1)  
CIS 116L–Software Integration (1)  
CIS 116P–Photoshop (1)  
CIS 116Q–Macromedia Flash (1)  
CIS 140–Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming in Java (3)  
CIS 170–Security Fundamentals (3)  
CIS 180–Networking Fundamentals (3)  
CIS 200–Help Desk: Software Technician (3)  
CIS 201–Computer Science I (3)  
CIS 202–Computer Science II (3)  
CIS 208–C++ Programming (3)  
CIS 210–LAN Design & Management (3)  
CIS 217–Computer Network Security (3)  
CIS 230–Database Management Systems (3)  
CIS 232–Database Administration (3)  
CMM 111–Communication Graphics I (3)  
CMM 112–Communication Graphics II (3)  
CMM 114–Web Design (3)  
EN 115–Technical Writing (3)  
ID 225–Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management (3)  
Total 60/64
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. BU 281 fulfills this requirement.
Students will be able to:
  1. Prepare a plan that addresses organizational needs.
  2. Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  3. Explain solutions that satisfy problem requirements.
  4. Analyze alternative solutions to determine the optimal result.
  5. Design problem solution that solves the requirements.
  6. Product documentation that describes solution implementation.
  7. Integrate hardware, software and security models that facilitate project outcomes.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Information Technology: Option I-Information Technology Specialist, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Computer Science and
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Cybersecurity.