The national and regional job outlook and earnings for careers in information technology continue to be strong. Employees in this sector may possess a diverse or concentrated background in areas such as software and hardware development, mobile computing, data storage and analysis, information security, system administration and integration, computer networking, mathematics and science.

Students completing the Associate of Science (AS) emphasis in Information Systems Technology will be prepared with a diverse set of skills that include the fundamentals of software development. They can then transfer credits seamlessly to the University of Kansas, Edwards campus, to complete a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in two additional years. Completion of the AS degree may help students obtain internships or entry-level jobs as they complete their bachelor's degree.

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(Major Code 2940; State CIP Code 24.0101)

Associate of Science

Important: Students graduating with an associate of science degree must complete an approved cultural diversity course. Some of the approved courses are able to meet both the cultural diversity requirement and a general education requirement. A list of approved cultural diversity courses can be found in the list of AS general education electives.

First Semester

COMS 121Public Speaking3
CS 134Programming Fundamentals4
or CIS 142 Beginning Programming using Python
ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 171College Algebra*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
Total Hours16

Second Semester

BIOL 135Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology5
or CHEM 124
CHEM 125
General Chemistry I Lecture*
and General Chemistry I Lab
NOTE: If BIOL 135 is taken, a one hour elective is required.
CIS 204UNIX Scripting and Utilities*3
CS 200Concepts of Programming Algorithms Using C++*4
or CS 205 Concepts of Programming Algorithms using Java*
ENGL 122Composition II*3
Total Hours15

Third Semester

CIS 260Database Management*4
CS 210Discrete Structures I*3
CS 235Object-Oriented Programming Using C++*4
or CIS 240 Advanced Topics in Java*
ECON 132Survey of Economics3
Humanities Elective ^3
Note: Ethics is recommended as one of the two humanities electives. Humanities electives chosen must transfer to KU, and one of the humanities electives must satisfy the JCCC cultural diversity requirement.
Total Hours17

Fourth Semester

CS 211Discrete Structures II*3
CS 250Basic Data Structures using C++*4
or CS 255 Basic Data Structures Using Java*
PHYS 130College Physics I*5
Humanities Elective ^3
Note: Ethics recommended as one of the two humanities electives. Humanities electives chosen must transfer to KU, and one of the humanities electives must satisfy the JCCC cultural diversity requirement.
Total Hours15
Total Program Hours: 63