Computer Information Technology - Associate Degree
Digital technology provides solutions for solving problems, simplifying systems, and connecting people and businesses around the world. If working with computers sounds like a interesting and rewarding career path, the Computer Information Technology A.S. degree from EFSC can be a great step toward a future as an industry professional.
Information technology employees and managers work in a variety of organizations using business applications on computers. The degree program has three career-specific specializations that prepare graduates for employment in a computer-focused, business-centric setting:
• The Database Administrator Specialization provides the foundation for obtaining the industry recognized Oracle certification, preparing graduates to work as part of the database administration team in large corporations and government agencies.
• The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization teaches skills required to work on or build advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) projects. Courses cover geospatial data concepts including spatial variables, scale, map projection, and map coordinate systems.
• The degree's Help Desk Specialization prepares students to work as trained customer support specialists, capable of staffing IT help desks and providing assistance with technical problems.
Computer Information Technology A.S. Degree - COURSE CURRICULUM
For full-time students, this degree takes about two years to complete. For part-time students, it may take a bit longer. The coursework, curriculum, and instruction are designed to give students as much hands-on experience with the latest technology as possible.
Computer Information Technology - Associate Degree
Core classes are common to all EFSC computer associate degrees and provide training in foundational computer concepts; the specialization courses build skills needed to work in specific industry fields; and technical electives give students a chance to gain knowledge in the related subjects that interest them most. By having common core computer courses, it provides flexibility for students interested in information technology to start their coursework and have a variety of options. They can take time to zero in on a specialization in this A.S. degree or even consider switching to another computer A.S. option when it's time to build on those core courses.
Students in the A.S. degree program must chose one of the three curriculum specializations.
Computer Information Technology A.S. Degree - Admissions Information
Prospective students can apply for the program through Eastern Florida's general admissions process and can start the program during any academic year term. Questions about the application process? Contact an advisor for help throughout the enrollment process.
Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility
The tuition cost of this A.S. degree program for students who qualify for in-state tuition is approximately $6,240. This does not include course materials or lab fees. The program is eligible for financial aid, which can include potential scholarships and also for Veteran's educational benefits — all of which can help reduce the program's overall out-of-pocket costs. Financial aid specialists are available to help you learn about all the options to pay for the program.
College Courses You Would Take
The classes within this degree are offered in-person at Eastern Florida campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville; or via hybrid delivery — a combination of in-person and online instruction. This sort of flexibility makes it possible for students with multiple responsibilities, such as work, to attend school on a schedule that works for them. The eight core courses shared by all three specializations include these four classes.
This class familiarizes students with the logical architecture of computing devices via hands-on experience w/troubleshooting, repair, & maintenance.
Teaches essentials of logical computer programming design techniques. A current programming language will be used as a platform to demonstrate the language independent algorithms (LIAs).
Introduces Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) data modeling concepts, database normalization, entity relationship concepts, intermediate Structured Query Language (SQL) programming, and more.
Teaches skills & knowledge measured by the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Covers networking information, protocols and standards, network implementation and support.
What Sets This A.S. Degree Program Apart?
College Credit Certificate options let you build toward the A.S.
Students have the option of starting with a related College Credit Certificate (CCC)
from the "Related Programs" section below and then can choose to apply CCC credits
toward the Associate in Science degree. The certificates can provide training that
allows you to begin working in the field while pursuing the associate degree. Talk with an advisor as you plan your options.
Preparation for Industry Certifications
People who have earned an industry certification have demonstrated they have specific knowledge in technical areas, which can bolster resumes and increase salaries. Once EFSC students have completed select courses in the degree's curriculum they may be eligible to test at no charge for an industry certification. Learn more about certification testing opportunities at EFSC plus Boot Camp options to help you prepare.
The A.S. Degree can transfer to a Bachelor's program
Students interested in continuing their education with a bachelor's degree can explore options at Eastern Florida State College, plus other colleges and universities.
The five tracks in EFSC's Computer Information Systems Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree are designed for students with an Associate in Science degree, allowing A.S. grads to complete their general education courses as part of the BAS degree. The five career-specific BAS specializations are: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Networking Systems, Program/ Software Development, and Computer Project Management. You can work with an EFSC advisor to ensure your course planning prepares you for the BAS option. Students who want to transfer to a bachelor program at another institution should check with the transfer college or university for appropriate general education and prerequisite course requirements.
Related Computer Degrees and Certificates
Explore other computer information technology degree programs, plus related College Credit Certificates, as you consider applying for one of the three specializations in the Computer Information Systems Technology Associate in Science degree.