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Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

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Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


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.

Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 73

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CIS:125 Intro to Programming Logic w/Language 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: Intro 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
* General Education Elective 6.0


Term 3
CIS:153 Data Structures 4.0
ELT:613 Microprocessors 4.0
NET:268 CCNA Routing and Switching: Scaling Networks 3.0
NET:453 UNIX 3.0
* General Education Elective 3.0


Term 4
ELT:118 Programmable Controllers 2.0
ELT:180 Microcontroller Applications 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Information 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
* General Education Elective 3.0

*General Education Electives:

Two Communication Electives: ENG:105, SPC:112
One Math Elective: MAT:156
One Social Science Elective: Transfer-level PSY

Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$30,687 - $43,780

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


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

Computer Technology, Networking, and Programming

Additional Information:


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208