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NOVA’s Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Information Technology

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Information Technology, A.S.

In our technological world, IT is always in demand. Every company needs hardware and software support. Thus, IT professionals are well compensated and have the flexibility to work in nearly any industry.

NOVA’s A.S. in Information Technology is specifically designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. From there, NOVA students can graduate to careers as varied as Help Desk Support and Video Game Development.

Make the Smart Choice

  • The A.S. in Information Technology transfers easily to four-year schools with a baccalaureate program in Information Technology.

  • Once you have a transfer school in mind, consult an advisor regarding requirements and courses.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
    • NOVA Online
  • Transfer Information

    Since four-year colleges can vary in their course and GPA requirements, please consult a counselor or academic advisor regarding specific requirements and course selection.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    1HIS   Elective 3
    Choose One
    ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
    ITE 119 Information Literacy
    2MTH 161 PreCalculus I OR Higher 3
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to Information Technology
    3   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16
    2nd Semester
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    2, 4MTH 261 Applied Calculus I 3
    5   Technical Elective 1 3
    5   Technical Elective 2 3
    5   Technical Elective 3 3
    Total 15
    3rd Semester
    6CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
    5   Programming Elective 4
    7   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    8   Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    Total 14
    4th Semester
    5   Technical Elective 4 3
    5   Technical Elective 5 3
    7   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
     8   Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
     3   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 61
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG
    111
    3
      Elective
    1HIS
    3
    Choose One
    ITE
    115
    3
    Information Literacy
    ITE
    119
    PreCalculus I OR Higher
    2MTH
    161
    3
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    Orientation to Information Technology
    SDV
    101
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    3
    3
    Total 16
    2nd Semester
    ENG
    112
    3
    2, 4MTH
    261
    3
      Technical Elective 1
    5
    3
      Technical Elective 2
    5
    3
      Technical Elective 3
    5
    3
    Total 15
    3rd Semester
    6CST
    110
    3
      Programming Elective
    5
    4
      Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    7
    3
      Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    8
    4
    Total 14
    4th Semester
      Technical Elective 4
    5
    3
      Technical Elective 5
    5
    3
      Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    7
    3
      Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
     8
    4
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
     3
    3
    Total 16
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 61

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

    1 Select from HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121,or HIS 122. 

    2 Credit will not be awarded for both Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

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

    4  Students with a qualifying placement test score may wish to take MTH 261 rather than MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263.

    5 Choose Technical Electives based on your target transfer school. Please work with an advisor to determine the most appropriate electives.

    Technical Electives 1-5: ACC 211, ACC 212, BUS 100, BUS 224, ITD 256, ITE 140, ITE 221, ITN 100, ITN 101, ITN 106, ITN 107, ITN 171, ITN 257, ITN 260, ITN 261, MTH 245, MTH 262.  Programming Elective: ITP 120, ITP 132, ITP 220, ITP 150, ITN 262. 

    Students should consult an academic advisor to select the CST appropriate course.

    See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

    8 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, excluding NAS 161-NAS 162, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

     

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Real-World Impact

  • NOVA Has Prepared IT Students for Over 50 years

    Since 1967, Floyd Schwartz has served as adjunct information technology professor at NOVA’s Alexandria and Annandale Campuses. While managing a dual career as an educator and full-time data center manager, Schwartz has achieved the 50-year mark...

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