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Programming Specialist AAS

The Programming Specialist AAS degree (AAS_CSPS) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, 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
Elective1   General Education 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computers  
ITSE 1402 Computer Programming OR 3-4
COSC 1309 Logic Design  
MATH2   Elective 3-4
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I OR 3-4
ACCT 2401 Principles of Accounting I  
Elective3   Programming Language 3-4
Elective3   Programming Language 4
ITSC 1405 Intro to PC Operating Systems 4

TOTAL Credits for First year:


Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective4   Social/Behavioral Science 3
Elective5   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
Elective5   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
KINE   Any physical activity course 1
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 3
Elective6   Technical 3-4
Elective4   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Netwkg Technlgs OR  
ITCC 1401 Cisco Exploration1-Network Fundamentals 4
ITSE 1350 System Analysis and Design 3
ITSE7 2459 Adv. Computer Programming OR 3-4
ITSE7 2380 Cooperative Education  

TOTAL Credits for Second Year:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for E-Business Web Developer Specialization:


  1. Choose from general education courses
  2. Choose from MATH 1314 or higher level course
  3. ITSE 1356,1407,1430,1432,1418,1414, or 2417
  4. To meet multicultural requirement, choose an approved course from either social/behavioral science or humanities/ fine art elective.
  5. ITSE 2453, 2449, 2431, 2451, 2435, 2453 or INEW 2438
  6. Choose from ITSE, ITSW, ITNW, ITSC, IMED, GRPH
  7. Capstone course
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