Information Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

This curriculum is designed for those who seek employment in the field of information technology, for those who are presently in that field and who wish to increase their knowledge and update their skills, and for those who must augment their abilities in other fields with knowledge and skills in information technology.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation Information

The student should possess a proficiency in high school English, high school algebra and geometry, and computer keyboarding skills.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy
ITP 100 Software Design 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning OR Higher 3
1 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 16
2nd Semester
2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ITE 170 Multimedia Software 3
Choose One
ITN 100 Introduction to Telecommunications 3
ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts
3ITP Programming Elective 4
1 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
4CST Elective 3
ITD 110 Web Page Design I 3
Choose One
ITE 221 PC Hardware and OS Architecture 3
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
Choose One
ITN 171 UNIX I 3
ITN 170 Linux System Administration
5 IT Electives 6
Total 18
4th Semester
5 IT Electives 9
ITD 256 Advanced Database Management 3
ITN 260 Network Security Basics 3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 65
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Choose One
ITE
115
3
Information Literacy
ITE
119
ITP
100
3
Quantitative Reasoning OR Higher
MTH
154
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
1
3
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 16
2nd Semester
2
3
ITE
170
3
Choose One
ITN
100
3
ITN
101
Programming Elective
3ITP
4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
1
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
Elective
4CST
3
ITD
110
3
Choose One
PC Hardware and OS Architecture
ITE
221
3
Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
ITN
107
Choose One
ITN
171
3
ITN
170
IT Electives
5
6
Total 18
4th Semester
IT Electives
5
9
ITD
256
3
ITN
260
3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 65

IT courses used for this program may not be more than 10 years old, unless approved by academic dean.

1 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

2 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 Select from the following: ITP 112, ITP 120, ITP 130, ITP 132, ITP 136, or ITP 225.

4 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

5 The total of 15 credit hours of IT Electives must be met through any combination of IT courses (ITD, ITE, ITN, ITP) that are not already included in the degree.

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