COMPUTER HARDWARE/SOFTWARE DESIGN A.A.S.

This program provides foundation in the design in both computer hardware and software. It combines the electronics of hardware design with the problem solving and logic skills of software design. It offers exciting and rewarding opportunities in the rapidly developing computer hardware/software industry.

This curriculum provides the knowledge and skill in both hardware and software needed to enter a professional career in computer design.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Develop modular programs with proper documentation and error trapping
  • Utilize methods involved in analyzing and designing information systems
  • Effectively utilize the major tools of Microsoft Office Professional including spreadsheets, databases, word processing and presentation programs
  • Understand electrical terminology and component recognition
  • Interpret manufacturersā€™ technical data sheets on components
  • Interpret electrical schematics
  • Build, test, and troubleshoot Analog and Digital electrical circuits on breadboards
  • Effectively communicate technical information to appropriate audiences

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Entry-level positions for technicians in various fields of computers, and in programming, computer operations, communications, computer science, and automation.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Students planning to transfer should contact their advisor and/or a transfer counselor in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement for more information. Early consultation to plan the most appropriate course sequence will optimize transferability.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
C.S. 120 Foundations of Computer Science 3
ELEC 101 Electrical Circuits 4
ELEC 105 Introduction to Digital Computers 4
MATH 104 College Algebra (or higher) 3
17
SECOND SEMESTER
ENGL 102 Freshman English II
Or ENGL 270 Technical Writing 3
ELEC 102 Basic Electronics 4
ELEC 107 Fund. Of Microcomputers 4
CS 200 Programming in Visual Basic 3
MATH 106 Pre-Calculus 3
17
THIRD SEMESTER
BUS 225 Application Software 3
C.S. 080 Microcomputer Maintenance 1
C.S. 222 Programming in C/C++ 3
Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Health or Physical Education 1
14
FOURTH SEMESTER
BUS 226 Advanced Microcomputer 3
C.S. 225 Intro to Networks 3
C.S. 238 Java 3
Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
Technical Elective 3
15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 63