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Associate of Applied Science
Information Technology - Programming

Computer programmers are the unsung heroes in the IT field. Every system must run at its optimum performance to deliver information vital to doing business. Programmers provide the means to retrieve that data. MACC trains programmers in several languages to meet the world's IT needs. C#, Java and C++ are the core languages. Individuals also learn SQL, a database query language used in database management and more. Concepts are delivered to provide maximum transfer of knowledge to other languages. Programming graduates are prepared to enter the field as entry-level programmers or transfer to a four-year institution. MACC also offers a 32 credit hour certificate and multiple Certificates of Specialization in this field.

Specific classes in the CIT curriculum are industry approved to allow successful students to sit for: A+, Linux +, and Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification.


Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AAS degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.

*Note for all Information Technology AAS degrees and Certificates (32 credit hour and Certificates of Specialization): A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required CIT courses (course prefix "CIT") to earn an AAS degree, 32 credit hour certificate, or Certificate of Specialization).

Course Semester Hours Milestone
  First Semester (Fall)
 CIT105   ^Programming I 3  CIT105
 CIT106   IT Essentials 3  
 LAL101**** or
 ^Composition I or
 ^Business Communication
3  LAL101 or 
 MTH140  ^Precalculus Algebra 3  MTH140
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
  Second Semester (Spring)
 CIT145   Web Design I 3  
 CIT150  Linux Administration I 3  
 CIT152  Introduction to Networks 3  
 CIT205   ^Programming II 3  
   Biological or Physical Science (with lab)  4-5  
  Third Semester (Fall)
 CIT135   ^Object Oriented Programming I  3  
 CIT153  ^Routing and Switching Essentials 3  
 CIT201  ^Relational Database Systems 3  
 CIT245  ^Web Design II  3  
   ^Programming Language Elective 3  
 SKL250 or
 ^Employment Seminar or
 ^Computer Information Technology Internship 
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
CIT250   ^Linux Administration II  3  
CIT255   Cyber Security  3  
CIT261 ^Systems Project: Programming 3  
   ^Programming Language Elective 3  
HST105 or
HST106 or
 American History to 1865 or
 American History from 1865 or
 Introduction to American Government
   Humanities (Ethics or Logic recommended) 3  
  Total Hours for Degree 66-68  

**It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

***Virtual course delivery is available for all "CIT" classes required in this degree program and for many other required classes. Talk to your program advisor to learn which courses are offered in the virtual delivery format.

****It is recommended that students take LAL101 Composition I if they are planning to transfer to a four-year college.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

 This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.