The Associate of Science in Computer Applications offers a foundational understanding of the leading technologies, theories, and methodologies used to develop critical applications for enterprise implementation. You’ll learn core concepts of computer systems, algorithms, computer literacy, application design and development, and other proficiencies commonly utilized in the IT marketplace. Successful completion of this online associate degree prepares you for entry-level careers in application development in enterprise IT departments or as an independent programmer.

After completing this associate degree in computer applications, you may consider pursuing your Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word 2013 Certification and Excel 2013 Certification. You may also use this program as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Appraise the major concepts behind computers, computer algorithms, and computer literacy.
  • Analyze business environments and use Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access to perform information processing tasks.
  • Distinguish between the various diagrams in the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
  • Assess the process for designing and developing software and evaluate the benefits of modularization of software.
  • Profile the purpose, audience, scope, structure, and format of key IT documents and appraise the appropriateness of a document to the particular writing/research goal.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required18
Elective Requirements12
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
DSIN141Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ITCC231Introduction to Information Technology Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
ENTD200Fundamentals of Programming3
Natural Sciences with Lab (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (18 semester hours)

ITCC121Introduction to Computer Science3
ITCC111Basic Productivity Applications3
ITCC112Advanced Productivity Applications3
ITCC113Office Presentation Applications3
ITCC114Office Communications Applications3
ITCC200Application Software Integration3
Total Semester Hours18

Elective Requirements (12 semester hours)

Students must complete 12 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.