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Business Division
Degree A8985

The A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Information Technology is designed to prepare students for a career in Information Technology. The degree offers a balanced set of classes that enables students to maintain and secure a computer, create and modify computer applications and databases, create customized reports, and use productivity software to solve business problems. Emphasis is place on developing object-oriented, business-related applications, creating and maintaining a database, and utilizing operating system utilities to optimize, maintain and secure a computer. Career opportunities available after the completion of this degree include technical support and systems analyst. Students wishing a bachelor's degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of course. 

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

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    • Computer and Information Systems Managers

      Computer and Information Systems Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-3021.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $73.20

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $197,372.93
      Annual Job Openings
      6,892

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer Systems Analysts

      Computer Systems Analysts

      SOC Career Code: 15-1211.00

      Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $45.04

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $121,044.20
      Annual Job Openings
      3,820

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Health Informatics Specialists

      Health Informatics Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 15-1211.01

      Apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $45.04

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $121,044.20
      Annual Job Openings
      3,820

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Information Security Analysts

      Information Security Analysts

      SOC Career Code: 15-1212.00

      Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $47.26

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $134,205.94
      Annual Job Openings
      1,362

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer Network Support Specialists

      Computer Network Support Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 15-1231.00

      Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $27.56

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $74,575.14
      Annual Job Openings
      1,186

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer User Support Specialists

      Computer User Support Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 15-1232.00

      Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.24

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $68,865.98
      Annual Job Openings
      5,826

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer Network Architects

      Computer Network Architects

      SOC Career Code: 15-1241.00

      Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $45.52

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $132,366.38
      Annual Job Openings
      1,124

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Database Administrators

      Database Administrators

      SOC Career Code: 15-1242.00

      Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $36.23

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,202.95
      Annual Job Openings
      530

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Database Architects

      Database Architects

      SOC Career Code: 15-1243.00

      Design strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Set standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Model, design, and construct large relational databases or data warehouses. Create and optimize data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $55.57

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $153,189.58
      Annual Job Openings
      338

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Data Warehousing Specialists

      Data Warehousing Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 15-1243.01

      Design, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. Program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $55.57

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $153,189.58
      Annual Job Openings
      338

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      SOC Career Code: 15-1244.00

      Install, configure, and maintain an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.96

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $103,892.91
      Annual Job Openings
      2,045

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer Programmers

      Computer Programmers

      SOC Career Code: 15-1251.00

      Create, modify, and test the code and scripts that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software and web developers or other individuals. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $41.23

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $110,222.24
      Annual Job Openings
      1,334

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Web Administrators

      Web Administrators

      SOC Career Code: 15-1299.01

      Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,213.06
      Annual Job Openings
      5,843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Document Management Specialists

      Document Management Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 15-1299.03

      Implement and administer enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and destroy electronic records and documents.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,213.06
      Annual Job Openings
      5,843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

      Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

      SOC Career Code: 15-1299.08

      Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,213.06
      Annual Job Openings
      5,843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Information Technology Project Managers

      Information Technology Project Managers

      SOC Career Code: 15-1299.09

      Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,213.06
      Annual Job Openings
      5,843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Data Entry Keyers

      Data Entry Keyers

      SOC Career Code: 43-9021.00

      Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $15.54

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,925.82
      Annual Job Openings
      2,036

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Information Technology Emphasis

    Business Division
    Degree A8985

    The A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Information Technology is designed to prepare students for a career in Information Technology. The degree offers a balanced set of classes that enables students to maintain and secure a computer, create and modify computer applications and databases, create customized reports, and use productivity software to solve business problems. Emphasis is place on developing object-oriented, business-related applications, creating and maintaining a database, and utilizing operating system utilities to optimize, maintain and secure a computer. Career opportunities available after the completion of this degree include technical support and systems analyst. Students wishing a bachelor's degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of course. 

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Information Technology Basics
    Required Core 7
    CISB 11
    Computer Information Systems
    CISB 15
    Microcomputer Applications
    Software Development
    Choose one of the following sequences:3.5
    CISP 21
    21L
    Programming in Java
    and Programming in Java Laboratory
    CISP 31
    31L
    Programming in C++
    and Programming in C++ Laboratory
    CISP 41
    41L
    Programming in C#
    and Programming in C# Laboratory
    CISP 71
    71L
    Programming in Python
    and Programming in Python Laboratory
    CISW 24
    24L
    Secure Web Server Programming in Python
    and Secure Web Server Programming in Python Laboratory
    Database Technology
    Choose one of the following sequences:3.5
    CISD 11
    11L
    Database Management - Microsoft Access
    and Database Management - Microsoft Access Laboratory
    CISD 21
    21L
    Database Management - Microsoft SQL Server
    and Database Management - Microsoft SQL Server Laboratory
    CISD 31
    31L
    Database Management - Oracle
    and Database Management - Oracle Laboratory
    Operating Systems and Networking
    Choose one of the following options:3-3.5
    CISN 11
    11L
    Telecommunications Networking
    and Telecommunications/Networking Laboratory
    CISN 21
    Windows Operating System
    CISN 31
    31L
    Linux Operating System
    and Linux Operating System Laboratory
    Security
    Choose one of the following options:3-4
    CISS 13
    Principles of Information Systems Security
    CISS 15
    Operating Systems Security
    CISS 21
    21L
    Network Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures
    and Network Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures Laboratory
    Recommended Elective
    Choose one of the following options:
    CISB 31
    Microsoft Word
    CISB 51
    Microsoft PowerPoint
    CISM 11
    Systems Analysis and Design
    Total Units20-21.5

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Department Contact

Contact: Barry AndrewsTitle: Department ChairContact: bandrews@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 79-2200Phone: (909) 274-4943