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.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
ITSE 1402 Computer Programming OR 3-4
COSC 1309 Logic Design  
MATH1   Elective 3-4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective2   Programming Language 3-4
Elective2   Programming Language 4
ITSC 1305 Intro to PC Operating Systems 3
Elective3   Social/Behavioral Science 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective3   General Education 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I OR 3-4
ACCT 2401 Principles of Accounting I  

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:



Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective4   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
Elective4   Programming Language (sequence course) 4
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective5   Technical 3-4
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies OR 3-4
ITCC 1401 Cisco Exploration 1-Network Fundamentals  
ITSE 1450 System Analysis and Design 4
Elective3   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
ITSE6 2459 Advanced. Computer Programming OR 3-4
ITSE6 2380 Cooperative Education: Computer Programming  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Programming Specialist AAS:


  1. Choose from MATH 1314 or higher level course
  2. ITSE 1356,1407,1430,1432,1418, or 2417
  3. Choose from AAS Core
  4. ITSE 2449, 2431, 2453 or INEW 2438
  6. Capstone course
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