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Programming Specialist Certificate

The Programming Specialist Certificate (C1_CPS1) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball.  It can also be earned completely online through LSC-Online. For more information, please contact the Computer Information Technology Department.

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Program Description

Students seeking degrees in computer information technology may follow a plan that adds academic courses to the two levels of certificates. Students who have degrees or who have articulated courses from high school may receive additional training in areas such as Visual Basic.NET, C, RPG programming, and Network Security.

Students will find coursework, taught by certified instructors, in our certificate and degree programs that lead to professional certification from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle.

The general education core courses, COSC classes, and some technical courses transfer to a variety of universities. Technical AAS degrees transfer in total to some universities. Contact a counselor or advisor at any college for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Students interested in transferring to a bachelor's program in computer science should consider completing the A.A. degree with a field of study in computer science. See the academic transfer section of this catalog for details.

Program Plan

First Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computers  
ITSE 1402 Computer Programming OR 3-4
COSC 1309 Logic Design  
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 3
Elective1   Programming Language 3-4
Elective1   Programming Language 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Netwkg Technlgs OR  
ITCC 1401 Cisco Exploration1-Network Fundamentals 4
ITSC 1405 Intro to PC Operating Systems 4

TOTAL Credits for First Year:


Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective2   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
Elective2   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
ITSE 1350 System Analysis and Design 3
ITSE3 2459 Adv. Computer Programming OR 3-4
ITSE3 2380 Cooperative Education  

TOTAL Credits for Second Year:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for PC Support Specialist Certificate:


  1. ITSE 1356, 1430, 1432, 1407, 1418,1414, 2417
  2. ITSE 2449, 2431, 2451, 2435, 2453 or INEW 2438
  3. Capstone course
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