Catalog year 2015/2016

Designed to prepare students for immediate entry into computer-related occupations and provide opportunities for individuals in the industry to upgrade their skills.

The program consists of core requirements leading to an A.A.S. degree with intrinsic flexibility in a variety of topics.

Information Technology - Option I: IT Specialist Curriculum Pathway


Andy Yao
Program Manager

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
Course  Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list)   3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) (HS 102 Human Relations recommended) 3
Arts & Humanities
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) (PH 208 recommended) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues
CIS 106–Introduction to Object Design & Programming 3
PE/Health Requirement 1/3
Departmental Requirements 
BU 281–Global Awareness in the Work Environment 3
CIS 111M–PC Operating Systems 3
CIS 203–Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 212–PC Repair & Diagnostics 3
CIS 204–Computer Information Sciences Project or
INTR 103–Internship
CIS 179–Cybersecurity Fundamentals  or
CIS 218–Information Security and Assurance
Electives  (select from the following list) 20
Any CIS Course
CMM 111–Communication Graphics I (3)
CMM 112–Communication Graphics II (3)
CMM 114–Web Design (3)
EN 115–Technical Writing (3)
ID 225–Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management (3)
Total 60
Students will be able to:
  1. Prepare a plan that addresses organizational needs.
  2. Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  3. Explain solutions that satisfy problem requirements.
  4. Analyze alternative solutions to determine the optimal result.
  5. Design problem solution that solves the requirements.
  6. Product documentation that describes solution implementation.
  7. Integrate hardware, software and security models that facilitate project outcomes.
FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A.S. in Information Technology: Option I and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Computer Science and
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Cybersecurity.