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Information Technology

Information Technology
Associate of Applied Science

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in information Technology degree program offers general education and specific computer skills designed to train the student to provide essential computer-related assistance in the business environment. The degree will give the student skills in hardware maintenance, networking, database development, programming fundamentals, and web design. 

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology degree provides the student with a well- rounded knowledge base, trouble-shooting skills, and customer service techniques that employers will appreciate in an IT professional. In addition, the IT core courses will help prepare the student for national certifications: A+, CCNA, Oracle, LPI/Linux+, Security+ and basic VmWare. The degree, while occupational in nature, can be transferred to the UNM- Main and applied towards a bachelor’s degree. However, career/technical courses are not guaranteed to transfer directly as credit. Additionally, grades earned in technical courses are not included in the grade point average at the UNM-Main and may not be included in the GPA of other four-year institutions. 


Information about the associate of applied science in information technology degree program is available from Advisement and Counseling at 505.925.8560 or, or the Business, Technology and Fine Arts Division, at 505.925.8711.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6-7 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 219 (Technical and Professional Writing) or CJ 130 (Public Speaking)3
Mathematics (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 105 (General Psychology) or SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology)3
Humanities or Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities or Foreign Language.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
IT Core Requirements (39 credits)
CS 150L (Computing for Business Students)3
CS 151L (Computer Programming Fundamentals for Non-Majors) or CS 152L (Computer Programming Fundamental for Computer Science Majors)3
IT 122 (Intro to Database Management Systems)3
IT 125 (Microcomputer Operating Systems)3
IT 131 (Intro to Hardware Installation)3
IT 205 (Web Design Methodology)3
IT 222 (Database Management Systems)3
IT 230 (Computer Networking)4
IT 262 (Scripting for Network Defense)3
IT 293 (Topics II in IT)8
IT 293 Topics II courses may include a variety of certification courses including: Professional Infrastructure Networking, Professional Security, Operating Systems, Virtual Infrastructure Cloud Components
IT 295 (Practicum/Cooperative Education)3
Total required (61 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.