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Contact: James Hatch, Program Manager • • 301.624.2769 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: James Hatch, Program Manager
301.624.2769

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Information Technology Specialist Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology The Information Technology Specialist Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into computer-related occupations and provide opportunities for individuals who are already 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.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace.Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes. Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed (MATH 120 Statistics recommended)   3 Credits
3 Concentration CMIS 120 PC Operating Systems   3 Credits
4 Concentration CMIS 121 PC Repair & Diagnostics   3 Credits
5 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list) (CMIS 105 Introduction to Programming recommended)   2 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
8 Concentration CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
9 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list)   3 Credits
10 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list)   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Science Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
13 Concentration CMIS 179 Cybersecurity Fundamentals or CMIS 218 Information Security & Assurance   3 Credits
14 Concentration CMIS 203 Systems Analysis & Design   3 Credits
15 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Social Science Gen Ed (HUMS 102 Human Relations recommended)   3 Credits
17 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
18 Concentration BMGT 281 Global Awareness in the Work Environment   3 Credits
19 Concentration CMIS 204 Computer & Information Sciences Project or INTR 103 Internship   3 Credits
20 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list)   3 Credits
21 Concentration Elective (select from approved elective list)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Prepare a plan that addresses organizational needs.
  • Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  • Explain solutions that satisfy problem requirements.
  • Analyze alternative solutions to determine the optimal result.
  • Design problem solution that solves the requirements.
  • Product documentation that describes solution implementation.
  • Integrate hardware, software and security models that facilitate project outcomes.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

2015 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Network Engineering Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology The Network Engineering Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology prepares students for entry-level positions in the network engineering field. Students gain the knowledge and skills required to implement and maintain a defined network and will be able to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot network devices using network tools as well as analyze network traffic to make solution recommendations.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace.Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes. Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed (MATH 120 Statistics recommended)   3 Credits
3 Concentration CMIS 120 PC Operating Systems   3 Credits
4 Concentration CMIS 121 PC Repair & Diagnostics   3 Credits
5 Concentration Elective (Any CMIS or BMGT course) (CMIS 107 Introduction to Programming recommended)   2 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
8 Concentration CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
9 Concentration CMIS 290 Cisco 1: Network Fundamentals   3 Credits
10 Concentration CMIS 291 Cisco 2: Routing Technologies   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Science Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
13 Concentration CMIS 179 Cybersecurity Fundamentals or CMIS 218 Information Security & Assurance   3 Credits
14 Concentration CMIS 292 Cisco 3: Switching Technologies   3 Credits
15 Concentration CMIS 293 Cisco 4: WAN Technologies   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Social Science Gen Ed (HUMS 102 Human Relations recommended)   3 Credits
17 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
18 Concentration BMGT 281 Global Awareness in the Work Environment   3 Credits
19 Concentration CMIS 203 Systems Analysis & Design   3 Credits
20 Concentration Elective (any CMIS or BMGT course)   3 Credits
21 Concentration Elective (any CMIS or any BMGT , or INTR course)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Prepare a networking plan and identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of administrative and technical needs.
  • Analyze alternative networking solutions to determine the optimal result.
  • Design and document networking solution that solves the requirements.
  • Integrate hardware, software, networking technologies and security models that facilitate project outcomes.
  • Maintain the hardware, software, networking technologies and security implementation of an existing network.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway



 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Software Engineering Area of Concentration within the A.A.S in STEM Technology The Software Engineering Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology trains graduates with the necessary software development skills to plan, analyze, design, validate, implement, deploy, and manage software systems.

This program covers system development life cycle, object oriented programming, mobile app development, C++, C#, Java, Python, R, SAS, and database management systems. The program is designed to prepare graduates for a career as a programmer, software architect, software developer, software engineer, or systems analyst.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace.Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes. Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed (MATH 120 Statistics recommended)   3 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
4 Concentration CMIS 119 Statistical Analysis System (SAS)   3 Credits
5 Concentration Elective (Any CMIS or BMGT course)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
8 Concentration CMIS 226 Game Scripting   3 Credits
9 Concentration CMIS 201 Computer Science I   4 Credits
10 Concentration CMIS 208 C++ Programming   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Science Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social Science Gen Ed (HUMS 102 Human Relations recommended)   3 Credits
13 Concentration CMIS 203 Systems Analysis & Design   3 Credits
14 Concentration CMIS 256 Statistical Computing   3 Credits
15 Concentration CMIS 230 Database Management Systems   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
17 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
18 Concentration CMIS 225C Mobile App Programming   3 Credits
19 Concentration CMIS 227 Game Programming   4 Credits
20 Concentration Elective (any CMIS or BMGT course)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Network Engineer Certificate The Network Engineer Certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required to implement and maintain a defined network. Students will learn to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot network devices using network tools as well as analyze network traffic to make solution recommendations. This certificate also prepares graduates for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional certification.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising.  Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
2 CMIS 290 Cisco 1 Networking Fundamentals   3 Credits
3 CMIS 291 Cisco 2 Router Technologies   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 CMIS 292 Cisco 3 Switching Technologies   3 Credits
5 CMIS 293 Cisco 4 WAN Technologies   3 Credits
6 Elective CMIS 170 Security Fundamentals, or CMIS 210 Data Communications & Networking, or CMIS 224 Wireless Communications   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Radio Frequency Technician Letter of Recognition - Discontinued The Radio Frequency Technician Letter of Recognition (LOR) program prepares students with the essential knowledge on communications-based networks and systems in order to become Radio Frequency (RF) technicians whose primary duties include the installation, maintenance upgrade, and testing of RF systems, such as wireless Internet access points, cellular antennas, and satellite systems.

This LOR program provides students with the foundation for familiarity with electronics, computing, networking, and wireless technologies. The comprehensive curriculum offers the skills needed for the career and to help increase job opportunities.
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 CIS 116F Computer Fundamentals   1 Credit
2 CIS 111K Practical Structural Cabling   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

3 CIS 210 Data Communications & Networking   3 Credits
4 CIS 224 Wireless Communications   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Software Specialist Certificate The Software Specialist Certificate program prepares students for a career as a software specialist. Students will be prepared to perform such tasks as maintaining and implementing database management systems, computer applications, and operating systems. Students will be prepared to analyze organizational software needs, devise solutions, and maintain PC software and hardware systems.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 CMIS 101 or CMIS 106 Information Systems & Technology or Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
2 CMIS 111B Database   3 Credits
3 CMIS 111E Spreadsheets   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 CMIS 111R Business Software Applications   3 Credits
5 Elective 1 Any CMIS   3 Credits
6 Elective 2 Any CMIS   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user needs.
  • Explain solutions that satisfy problem requirements.
  • Design problem solution that solves the requirements.
  • Integrate application software to facilitate requirement solutions.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Software Specialist
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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Network and Computer Systems Administrators
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Computer and Information Systems Managers
$142,530.00/yr • +12%*
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Software Developers
$105,590.00/yr • +24%*
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