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Computer Technology (AAS)

Why Choose Computer Technology?

This program will help train students with a broad range of skills useful in computer-based industries. The training received in this program will give students a good foundation in a number of high growth professions in the computer technology field.

Skills Acquired

(ISeek.org)

Graduates in Computer Technology will be trained with a broad range of skills useful to computer-based industry applications including:

  • Programming languages
  • Structure of databases
  • Logical organization of computer systems
  • Use of standard desktop applications

Careers in Computer Technology

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth in the state of Minnesota for a variety of professions that use skills from computer technology (according to ISeek.org):

Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 14.9% through 2020
Employment of network architects is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020
Employment of computer programmers is projected to stay the same through 2020
Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 9.8% through 2020
Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 14.9% through 2020
Employment of database administrators is projected to grow 21.7% through 2020
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020
Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 18.6% through 2020
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 15.9% through 2020
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020.

 

Types of Jobs

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Individuals who study Computer Technology typically pursue careers as:

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers

 

Average State Pay

According to ISeek.org, the median annual salary in the state of Minnesota for the following positions in computer technology is:

Computer and Information Research Scientists - $125,382 ($60.28 per hour)
Computer Network Architects - $87,297 ($41.97 per hour)
Computer Programmers - $73,611 ($35.39 per hour)
Computer Support Specialists - $48,360 ($23.25 per hour)
Computer Systems Analysts - $78,291 ($37.64 per hour)
Database Managers - $79,685 ($38.31 per hour)
Information Security Analysts - $90,418 ($49.47 per hour)
Network and Computer Systems Administrator - $72,259 ($34.74 per hour)
Software Developer - $95,326 ($45.83 per hour)
Web Developer - $67,683 ($32.54 per hour).

 

Description

The Computer Technology Department's mission is to train students with a broad range of skills useful in computer-based industries. This is provided through high quality courses leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology. Selected courses in the curriculum may also be appropriate for knowledge enhancement of computer professionals

Degrees & Certificates in Computer Technology

An Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology

The AA also includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and thus will ensure you have satisfied general education coursework for other MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota.

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Graduates in computer technology will be trained in a broad range of skills useful in computer-based industry applications including programming languages, structure of databases, logical organization of computer systems as well as use of standard desktop applications. The degree program can, if the student chooses, include the study for important industry certifications.

Note: These courses must be completed within the last seven years prior to completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Technology, with or without Industry Certification:

  • COMT 1173
  • COMT 1181
  • COMT 1184
  • COMT 1205
  • COMT 2188
  • CSCI 1202
  • CSCI 1203

General Education Requirements - 21-22 credits

With a minimum total of 15 MnTC goal credits from three MnTC Goals.

Code Title Credits
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 2102 Business and Technical Writing 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or BUSN 2220 Statistics for Business and Economics 4

MnTC Course - Complete 3 - 4 MnTC goal credits to satisfy a minimum of 15 credits from 3 goals of MnTC.

Specialized Career Program Requirements - 26 credits

Code Title Credits
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
CIM 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
CIM 1220 Business Problem Solving Analyzing - Excel 3
COMT 1107 Introduction to Computer Technology 4
COMT 1173 PC Architecture Operation and Interface 3
COMT 1181 Database Management Systems 3
COMT 1184 Telecommunications 3
COMT 2188 Systems Analysis and Design 3

Complete Additional courses for a total of 32 credits:

Code Title Credits
COMT 1205 Introduction to Visual Basic 3
COMT 2096 Internship in Computer Technology 2-4
CSCI 1111 Introduction to Programming in C 4
CSCI 1202 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming in C++ 4
CSCI 1203 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java 4
ENGT 1511 Introduction to Engineering Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW™) 3

Select one area to reach 60 credits: 6-7 credits

  • Business/Management (any BUSN course)
  • Computers/Information Management (any CIM course not listed above)
  • Engineering (any ENGR course)
    or ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits AND ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology
    or ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits AND ENGT 2188 Industrial Robotics
  • Any CSCI (except CSCI 1100 or CSCI 1101)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(s)

NOTE: More than one programming language may be required in order to reach the 32 credits needed for the Specialized Career Program Requirements.