Computer Science and Security

Information Technology

The field of computer science has provided graduates automation tools for all careers. The Computer Science and Security program prepares for information technology employment by offering the technical skills necessary through a combination of classroom and hands-on experiences. Computer Science and Security graduates are needed in business and industry, and the demand is high. Graduates of this program are well equipped for current and future information technology careers.

Four main educational tracks prepare students for challenging and well-paying information technology careers. The computer programming track exposes students to multiple levels and types of programming. There are more than ten courses in this curriculum with programming requirements. The computer hardware track provides knowledge of computer circuitry, a knowledge base crucial to gaining confidence in the use of test equipment to troubleshoot computer hardware and networks. The eight courses in this track provide hands-on experiences with computer/digital circuitry and test equipment. Embedded in this degree are four Cisco Networking courses, plus courses in Linux and Microsoft network operating systems, making up the computer networking track. The fourth track is comprised of the software applications courses and general education requirements that contribute to success in the field. These courses provide the abilities expected by employers hiring Computer Science and Security graduates.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 73
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

$14,892*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,644*
Program Supplies: $50

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$59,000

Estimated annual salary for Computer Science and Security graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Software Support Specialist
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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View a sample schedule for this program of study.

Review the College catalog for program sequence, admissions and academic requirements.

The Computer Science and Security program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Gary Cross
Computer Technology Instructor

  • Email: crossg@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1403
  • Location: Calmar