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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Technology-Computer Information Technology
Associate of Applied Science

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This technology degree is designed to prepare students to work in many different fields, supporting the technological systems, networks and programming efforts that drive society and the economy. The degree has been designed to provide students with options that will help fill the vital roles in today’s connected and collaborative business environment. Courses within the degree provide the students with readily recognizable credentials that are portable to business, industry and further education.

The core curriculum is based on the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group Information Technology Education (ACM/ SIGITE). Students may ‘specialize’ in a specific area (programming, networking or systems administration) or customize their own course selection to meet personal educational and business related goals.

Salary: $35,730–$58,330 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Much faster than average growth

Good To Know: Businesses and agencies are investing heavily in 'cyber-security,' and the increased use of computers increases the need for technicians to maintain network security.


The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking Technology is to provide graduates with up-to-date training in the management of information resources, including computer and networking operations, infrastructure and information security.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete the AAS Technology degree in Computer information are expected to be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and information technology appropriate to the discipline
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the technology requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development
  • Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies
  • Effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment
  • Understand best practices and standards and their application

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements36 Units (Credits)

CIT 114IT Essentials4
CIT 128Introduction to Software Development4
CIT 161Essentials of Information Security3
CIT 263Introduction to IT Project Management3
INF 100Introduction to Informatics I - Basic Concepts3
Choose 19 units from the following:
CIT 129 Introduction to Programming3
CIT 130 Beginning Java3
CIT 133 Beginning C++3
CIT 173 Linux Installation and Configuration3
CIT 174 Linux System Administration3
CIT 180 Database Concepts and SQL3
CIT 211 Microsoft Networking I4
CIT 212 Microsoft Networking II4
CIT 213 Microsoft Networking III4
CIT 214 Microsoft Networking IV4
CIT 230 Advanced Java3
CIT 233 Advanced C++3
CIT 238 Introduction to Smartphone Application Development3
CSCO 120 CCNA Internetworking Fundamentals4
CSCO 121 CCNA Routing Protocols and Concepts4
CSCO 130 Fundamentals of Wireless LANs4
CSCO 220 CCNA LAN Switching and Wireless Fundamentals4
CSCO 221 CCNA WAN Fundamentals4
CSCO 230 Fundamentals of Network Security4
GRC 183 Design with Photoshop3
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems3
IS 201Computer Applications3

General Education Requirements24 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirement: ENG 101 and ENG 107 Recommended. Must include a writing course

General Elective

Human Relations Requirement

Humanities/Social Science Requirement

Mathematics Requirement: MATH 126 or Higher Recommended

Science Requirement

Science Requirement

U.S/Nevada Constitution

A list of all courses fulling the general education requirements of the Associate of Applied Science can be found on the AAS page.

Students interested in Networking should consider the following electives: CIT211, CIT173, CIT174, CSCO120, CSCO121, CSCO130, CSCO220, CSCO221, CSCO230

Students Interested in Programming should consider the following electives: CIT129, CIT130, CIT133, CIT238, CIT230, CIT233, GRC183

Students interested in System Administration should consider the following electives: CIT211, CIT212, CIT213, CIT214, CIT173, CIT174, CSCO130, CSCO230

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 14 Credits

CIT 114 4
CIT 128 4
ENG 101 3
Program Elective 3

Second Semester: 15 Credits

CIT 161 3
INF 100 3
Mathematics Course 3
Program Elective 3
Science Course 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 16 Credits

Human Relations Course 3
Humanities/Social Science Course 3
Program Electives 10

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

CIT 263 3
ENG 107 3
General Elective 3
Program Elective 3
US and Nevada Constitution 3