Program Overview

This Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement is a two-year program leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. It is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of computer related fields. Students wishing a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor to discuss transferability of courses.


Course Course Name Units

Business Communications

This course covers the principles of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting business information. Written and oral communication involving problem solving in business are emphasized.


Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications

This course is an introduction to information systems and the common use of office applications. Internet, Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and basic internet use will be covered. Spreadsheet use for business will be emphasized. This course satisfies the technology portion of the Information Competency graduation requirement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be given a voucher to sit for the Internet and Computing Core (IC3) industry certification exam. This course satisfies the technology portion of the information competency requirement.


Networking Fundamentals

In this class, the student will learn to install, configure, upgrade and troubleshoot a computer network. There will be discussions regarding local area networks, wide area networks, communications protocols, network topologies, transmission media, security, and assessment of career opportunities in networking. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be given a voucher to sit for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) industry certification exam.

COSN 200

Wireless and Mobile Devices

In this class the student will learn how to install, use, and manage popular wireless technologies. These technologies include infrared, Bluetooth, and wireless local area networks. The student will actually install and configure a wireless local area network. The student will learn how to construct personal wireless network and secure network from unauthorized access. Students should have completed the COSN 10 course or equivalent as preparation for this course.

COSN 205

UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals

This course trains students to use the Linux operating system as an alternative to other operating systems for managing files, running applications, and developing application procedures. Course topics include an overview of basic operating system concepts, a history of UNIX and its influence on modern operating systems, basic internal operating system structure, details of UNIX/Linus file system structures, pipes, filters and redirection, scripts, processes, shells, and UNIX/Linux utilities. Students should have completed a 3-unit computer concepts and applications course such as COSA 50 as preparation for this course. Completion of this course qualifies students for COSN 210, Linux System Administration.

COSN 210

LINUX Server Administration

This course is an in depth study of the Linux operating system. The focus is on Linux installation and administration. The course will also examine the theoretical concepts common to all Linux systems that have increased its popularity. The course will also take the form of a practical hands-on approach to Linux to prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ or LPI certifications.

COSN 215

LINUX Networking and Security

This is an advanced Linux operating system course. The focus is on Linux networking and security. The course covers networking technologies and protocols, network configuration and the use of command-line and graphical utilities. Network security issues such as firewalls, VPNs, and utilities such as nmap, ethereal, and the SAINT profiling tool will be presented.


Computer Hardware Fundamentals

This course emphasizes IBM-compatible personal computers and the latest common components and hardware features and will cover PC microprocessors, motherboards, buses, input/output controllers and memory, and other components. Class lectures will be supplemented with "hands on" classroom labs using diagnostic software and tools. This course will prepare students for the hardware portion of the A+ exam. (See COSN 3 for the software portion of A+) Students should have completed a 3 unit computer concepts and applications course such as COSA 50 as preparation for this course.
Recommended Preparation: COSA 50


Systems Analysis and Design

This course covers the broad concepts and methods of system analysis and design, while emphasizing the latest object-oriented techniques. Topics include development processing models, conceptual and physical design, system implementation and maintenance techniques, project management, collaborative communication skills, and the responsibilities of systems analysts. Students should have completed the COSA 50 and COSP 38 courses or equivalent as preparation for this course.

COSS 271

Network Security Fundamentals

Network Security Fundamentals provides a comprehensive overview of network security and prepares students to take the CompTIA Security + Certification Exam. This course covers general security concepts, communication network security, infrastructure security, cryptography basics, operational/organizational security, and computer forensics.

Total units needed to complete - 36