Computer Information Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1511010307)

This program is designed for students who wish to develop information technology skills in technical customer service, information technology support, and computer security. There is significant flexibility in this degree. It is designed for students who seek immediate employment, and it provides the option for students to transfer as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Technology.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a career program advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit toward this Degree

Graduates of specific programs at Orange Technical College and Osceola Technical College, as well as other institutions may be eligible to receive college credit for courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned one of the approved Gold Standard industry certifications or Career Pathways credit. To learn more about Valencia’s award of credit options, visit valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm. Eligible students should contact the Career Program Advisor in their academic department for more information about the requirements for the award of credit.

College Credit Technical Certificates

The Computer Information A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificates can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificates are embedded in the A.S. degree. You can earn the certificates as you progress through your A.S. Degree or as a separate, stand-alone credential. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the certificates that are offered.

  • Computer Information Data Specialist (9 credits) (CIP # 0611050101)
  • Computer Information Technology Specialist (18 credits) (CIP # 0511010311)
  • Computer Information Technology Analyst (27 credits)
    • IT Security Specialization (CIP # 0511010312)
    • IT Support Specialization (CIP # 0511010312)
  • Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing (24 credits) (CIP # 0511010309)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Technical Support Analyst
  • User Support Analyst/Specialist
  • Applications Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Specialist
  • Software Tester/Trainer
  • Computer Information Manager
  • Internet Security Specialist
  • PC Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Security Administrator

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

To learn more about this program, contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507 or visit valenciacollege.edu/computer-information-technology/.

Current Students

Contact the campus Career Program Advisor below for more information:

East Campus
Dave Brunick, Program Chair: 407-582-2360
dbrunick@valenciacollege.edu
Launa Sickler, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-2504
lsickler@valenciacollege.edu

West Campus
Joan Alexander, Program Chair: 407-582-1542
jalexander@valenciacollege.edu
Jon Sowell, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1973
jsowell@valenciacollege.edu

Osceola Campus
Denise Ross, Program Chair: 407-582-4818
deross@valenciacollege.edu
Roxana Boulos, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-4231
rboulos1@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze technical problems as related to customer requirements.
  • Design a logical plan for the development of technical requirements.
  • Develop resources to meet technical requirements.
  • Implement computer systems solutions including documentation.
  • Evaluate computer systems problems, plans, and solutions for correctness and appropriateness.
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Science or MathematicsSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement +*~3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement +*~3
CTS 1134CNETWORK ESSENTIALS N13
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
CTS 1131CCOMPUTER MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS A13
CTS 1142CINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT *P13
SLS 1122New Student Experience ~3
Intermediate Courses
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2793CADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CGS 2091CSOCIAL, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY3
CTS 1120CINTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY *S13
COP 2822CWEB SITE DEVELOPMENT +C13
CGS 2545CDATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS +3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics-Macro ~3
Computer Information Technology Business Elective 13
Select one of the following:
Principles Of Economics-Micro
Introduction To Business
Advanced Courses
Computer Information Technology Electives 28
CIS 2910CIT CAPSTONE +*33
CIS 2943INTERNSHIP IN COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY *1
or CGS 2650 Social Networking Job Search
Total Credit Hours60

Notes:

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Upon earning the Computer Information A.S. degree, you can continue at Valencia to complete the B.A.S. degree in Business & Organizational Leadership.  Additional education at the bachelor’s level can enhance your skills and create more career opportunities. Students who wish to continue their education should consult with their Career Program Advisor to discuss transfer options and requirements, and determine the best education plan for their career goals.

Students wishing to transfer credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution for acceptance of this degree.

Computer Information Data Specialist

Technical Certificate

Program Outcomes

  • Design a logical plan for the development of technical requirements

  • Develop resources to meet technical requirements

CTS 1131CCOMPUTER MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS ^13
CTS 1134CNETWORK ESSENTIALS ^23
CGS 2545CDATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS3
Total Credit Hours9
 

Computer Information Technology Analyst with Specializations in:

  • IT Security
  • IT Support

Technical Certificate

Foundation Courses
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
CTS 1131CCOMPUTER MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS A13
CTS 1142CINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT *3
CTS 1134CNETWORK ESSENTIALS N13
CTS 1120CINTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY *S13
CTS 2321CLinux System Administration * L13
COP 2341CLINUX SHELL SCRIPTING + L13
Computer Information Technology Electives 13
Specialization (See below)3
Total Credit Hours27

IT Security Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Design a logical plan for the development of technical requirements.
  • Develop resources to meet technical requirements.
  • Evaluate computer systems problems, plans, and solutions for correctness and appropriateness.
  • Implement computer systems solutions including documentation.
CTS 2317CADVANCED NETWORK SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours3

IT Support Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze technical problems as related to customer requests.
  • Evaluate computer systems problems, plans, and solutions for correctness and appropriateness.
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
CTS 1155CInt to Cust Svc and Help Desk3
Total Credit Hours3

Computer Information Technology Specialist

Technical Certificate

Program Outcomes

  • Design a logical plan for the development of technical requirements
  • Evaluate computer systems problems, plans, and solutions for correctness and appropriateness.
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
CTS 1142CINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT *3
CTS 1131CCOMPUTER MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS A13
CTS 1134CNETWORK ESSENTIALS N13
CTS 1120CINTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY *S13
Computer Information Technology Electives 13
Total Credit Hours18

Notes:

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing

Technical Certificate

Program Outcomes

  • Design a logical plan for the development of technical requirements
  • Develop resources to meet technical requirements
  • Implement computer systems solutions including documentation
  • Evaluate computer systems problems, plans, and solutions for correctness and appropriateness
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
CTS 1142CINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT *P13
CTS 1131CCOMPUTER MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS A13
CTS 1134CNETWORK ESSENTIALS N13
CTS 1120CINTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY *S13
CTS 2144CMOBILE DEVICE ESSENTIALS *M13
CTS 2145CCLOUD ESSENTIALS *C13
Computer Information Technology Electives 13
Total Credit Hours24