Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

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Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

Subject Area: Information & Technology (IT)

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 73

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall


The field of computer science has provided graduates automation tools for all careers. The Computer Technology, Networking and Programming program prepares for information technology employment by offering the technical skills necessary through a combination of classroom and hands-on experiences.

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 Technology, Networking, and Programming graduates.

Computer Technology, Networking and Programming graduates are needed in business and industry, and the demand is high. A graduate of this program is well equipped for current and future information technology careers.

Admissions Requirements
  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. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

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Term 1
CIS:125 Intro to Programming Logic w/Language OR 3.0
CIS:450 Project Lead the Way®-Computer Science and Software Engineering     3.0
CIS:197 Fundamentals of Web Programming 3.0
ELE:113 AC/DC Fundamentals 3.0
ELT:317 Digital Logic Circuits 2.0
NET:266 CCNA Routing and Switching: Introduction to Networks 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
CIS:142 Computer Science 4.0
ELT:310 Digital Circuits 4.0
NET:267 CCNA Routing and Switching: Routing and Switching Essentials 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 3
CIS:153 Data Structures 4.0
ELT:613 Microprocessors 4.0
MAT:156 Statistics 3.0
NET:268 CCNA Routing and Switching: Scaling Networks 3.0
NET:453 UNIX 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 4
ELT:118 Programmable Controllers 2.0
ELT:180 Microcontroller Applications 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
NET:107 Hardware/Software Installation and Troubleshooting 3.0
NET:269 CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks 3.0
NET:318 Windows Server and Workstation 3.0
  Psychology Elective 3.0

This Associate of Applied science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science.  Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective from the areas listed above is required.

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Employment Information

With an annual income range of $42,095 - $62,213 and a projected growth of 17%, the career outlook for Computer Technology, Networking and Programming graduates is outstanding.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Featherlite Inc., Cresco, IA
Heartlanding, Fayette, IA
Marco, Decorah, IA
Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar, IA
Tech Team Global
Technisource, Cedar Rapids, IA
Tritech Software Systems, Decorah, IA

Sample Job Titles

Desktop Deployment Technician
IT Technician
Network Specialist
Technical Support Consultant

Transfer Information

The Computer Technology, Networking and Programming 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
Industrial Technology Faculty
800.728.2256, ext. 403