Computer Science Degree & Certificate

The two-year Systems Administration options leads to Associate in Applied Science (AAS or AAS-T) degree that prepares students for immediate employment or continued education in the field of Information Technology. This degree also offers short term (one year or less) which are subsets of the two-year degree. Students may enroll in individual classes for retraining, updating skills, or preparing for IT industry certifications.

Students may also take pre-major Computer Science classes that transfer to four-year degree programs as part of the Computer Science Associate DTA – Arts & Science (AAS) DTA. The Computer Science department has direct BAS articulation agreements with CWU and other universities. Contact the Computer Science department faculty for detailed advising.

Certificates are short-term training options that prepare students with the skills necessary to obtain entry level employment and complete computer industry certifications and exams.  If desired, students can continue training and apply all earned credits to the Associate in Applied Science degrees.

Program Prerequisites: The Computer Science Program prerequisites are basic computer literacy, keyboarding, and familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software; pre-college math and English courses may be required depending on student placement level.

Computer Science Degrees

Computer Science DTA/MRP

Computer Science DTA/MRP – Associate in Arts & Science (AAS-DTA)

A major in Computer Science prepares students for a variety of career fields in the information technology sector, many requiring a four-year degree. Software and web developers are in high demand due to the rapidly growing need for computer software development and new applications for mobile and game technology. Since programs differ at each college, students should prepare their quarterly schedules with the assistance of an advisor knowledgeable in this transfer area.

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Systems Administration

Systems Administration – Associate in Applied Science (AAS & AAS-T)

This degree prepares students for careers in network systems and administration. Network administrators install and maintain computer workstations and server software, set up user accounts, maintain system resources and operations, perform troubleshooting, and manage system security.

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Computer Science Certificates

Computer Support Specialist - Certificate of Accomplishment

Computer Support Specialists provide help and support to people and organizations using computer software or equipment.  Some, called Help Desk Technicians, provide technical help to non-IT computer users.  This short term training certificate can be completed in less than a year and prepares students for entry level employment in the IT industry.

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Network Support Specialist - Certificate of Accomplishment

Network Support Specialists support IT employees within their organization.  They typically test and evaluate existing network systems, perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly, and troubleshoot local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Internet systems.  This short term training certificate can be completed in one year or less and prepares students for entry level IT networking and data center technician positions.

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Systems Administration - Certificate of Achievement

This certificate is a one year training option for students enrolled in the Systems Administration program. Students gain the necessary skills to prepare for and take computer certifications in CompTIA A+, Network+, Server+, and Microsoft MTA.  Students completing this certificate may enter the work force as entry-level computer technicians.

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CISCO Networking Academy - Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Accomplishment

These certificate options prepare students to take the Cisco exams to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).  Certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in WAN.

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