Associate in Science Degree

The Computer Information Technology (CIT) degree program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded technical foundation and offer options in which they can concentrate their skills in either software development or networking. For students who enter the program without a firm grasp on a career direction, the program’s core gives a broad range of subject areas that the students can experience before formalizing their concentration.

A report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor explains, “To keep IT systems running, a large workforce is needed to maintain networks, create new software, and ensure information security. In addition, the proliferation of smart phones has given rise to a new “app economy,” in which new employment opportunities are available for workers who create the programs that run on mobile devices.” The CIT degree incorporate courses networking, programming, network security, and mobile device programming. All of these are high-demand areas of IT.

An internship experience enhances the curriculum and allows the student to apply their skills to an on-the-job experience. Upon graduation the student is prepared to obtain a job in the Information Technology field or pursue an advanced degree at a four-year college or university. Learn More About This Program >

Program Coordinator

  Professor/Program Coordinator of Computer Information Technology and Management Information Systems
Phone: 860-343-5774
Office Location: Snow 512

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to analyze, develop, and design code through knowledge and comprehension of information systems concepts and skills.
  2. Develop the strategic and critical thinking skills through development of the ability to identify, gather, measure summarize, verify, analyze, design, develop and test programs and hardware design.
  3. Develop the ability to identify and solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar setting and exercise judgment based on facts.
  4. Develop communication through development of proficiency in oral/written/electronic communication skills and the development of the ability to explain programming concepts and code and related technical issues to others.
  5. Develop leadership skill through the development of the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team, including organization, control, and assessment of group-based work, and provide leadership when appropriate.
  6. Develop the skills to apply current technology, analyze business problems, and design and develop software and solve technical issues; apply word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, email, and collaborative software skills in a professional context.
  7. Develop the skills to communicate using network technologies, access information via internet, and understand information integrity and security issues.


Graduation Checklist

Computer Information Technology Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Degree Requirements

Computer Information Technology – Associate Degree
(2017-18 Catalog)

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First Semester (Fall) - 15 creditscreditsPrerequisite?
ENG*101, Composition (or ENG*101E or ENG*101-ALP)General Education Requirement:
Written Communication
MAT*137, Intermediate Algebra (or higher, depending on placement)Gen Ed for Career Programs:
Quantitative Reasoning
CST*120, Introduction to Operating SystemsProgram Requirement3Yes
CSC*105, Programming Logic
CSC*115, Introduction to Programming with Alice
Program Requirement3Yes for CSC*105, no for CSC*115
CSC*101, Intro to Computers
Open Elective if student confirms computer proficienct
Program Requirement3No
Second Semester (Spring) - 15-16 creditscreditsprerequisite?
CST*201, Introduction to Management Information SystemsProgram Requirement3Yes
ENG*202, Technical WritingGeneral Education Requirement (1 of 2):
One course selected from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, or Written Communication
CSC*220, Java Programming (for students in the Programming Track)
CST*163, Windows Server Administration (for students in the Networking Track)
Program Requirement3Yes
ECN*102, MicroeconomicsGeneral Education Requirement:
Social Phenomena
General Education Requirement:
Science Elective - Choose one course, with or without lab, from one of the following competencies:
Scientific Knowledge & Understanding
Scientific Reasoning
3 or 4See course description
Third Semester (Fall) - 15-16 creditscreditsprerequisite?
DGA* elective
CST*141, Computer Hardware
CSA/CSC/CST Elective
Program Requirement3 or 4See course description
COM*173, Public SpeakingGeneral Education Requirement (2 of 2):
One course selected from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, or Written Communication
CSC*249, Contemporary Business Application Development I (for students in the Programming Track)
CST*231, Communications Networking (for students in the Networking Track)
Program Requirement3Yes
CSA*140, Database ApplicationsProgram Requirement3Yes
CST*270, Network Security FundamentalsProgram Requirement3Yes
Fourth Semester (Spring) - 15 creditscreditsprerequisite?
General Education Requirement:
Aesthetic Dimensions Elective
CSC*231, Database Design IProgram Requirement3Yes
CSC*262, Programming Mobile Devices (for students in the Programming Track)
CST*228, Voice and Data Interworking (for students in the Networking Track)
Program Requirement3Yes
CSC*295, Coop Ed/Work ExperienceProgram Requirement3Yes
PSY* or SOC* ElectiveProgram Requirement3Yes
Total Program:60-62

This page updated 1/17/18