Computer Science: Information Technology (AS)

Student working on a computer

Connect the World When You Work in Information Technology

Streamline communication, integrate technology for more efficient business operations, and help your company achieve a higher bottom line when you work in the field of computer science and information technology. 

Understand the world of computer science, how computers work, and the best ways to use them to create better programs and technologies. Be on the cutting edge of new software as you identify custom solutions to existing problems. 

Working in computer science and information technology is a demanding and exciting career. As technology leads the way in all facets of business and industry, you will be called to work on all types of projects from setting up new computers to managing an entire information technology department for a corporation. These are positions that are in demand and will continue to grow as technology continues to change.

Careers in Information Technology

With an Associate in Science degree in Computer Science: Information Technology, you can work in any industry. Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a degree in Information Technology: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov  February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Design and create websites.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $78,200/year $37.59/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: The number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 12% increase
(much faster than average)
7,110

 

Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $100,410/year $48.28/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: The number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years needed 1% increase
(little or no change)
112,300  

 

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $56,120/year $26.98/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)

23,640

 

Write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $92,900/year $44.66/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: The number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
5% increase 
(as fast as average)
9,390

 

Create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $113,670/year $54.65/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: The number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 3% increase
(slower than average)
29,890  

 

Plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $157,050/year $75.51/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more
6% increase
(faster than average)
17,990

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Computer Science: Information Technology

You can get Associate in Science degree (AS) through LASC’s Computer Science: Information Technology program:

  • Start programming and get an introduction to computer science. You will learn new software and learn about databases, their structures, and multiple uses in a business environment. You will also have the opportunity to work on a project to highlight your knowledge and experience you’ve gained in the program.
  • From algorithms to computer linguistics, you will dive into the diversity of today’s computer science and information technology. You will also learn how to research new industry trends and products so you can stay on top of all that is happening in the industry.
  • LASC provides internships so you can get hands-on work experience, build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Visit your academic counselor to learn how you can transfer with this degree and continue in your career through the university level.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Computer Science: Information Technology Associate in Science degree below along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 707.10 

Total Units Required: 60 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Work individually or on a team to perform computational tasks using operating system environments and develop problem-solving algorithms for given tasks.
  • You will be able to use computer science concepts, including the study of the properties of algorithms, which includes linguistics, virtual hardware development, and application development.
Required Courses: Units
CO SCI 601 Introduction to Computers and Their Uses 3
CO SCI 602 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CO SCI 608 Beginning BASIC Programming 3
CO SCI 617 Beginning Micro Assembly Language 3
CO SCI 630 Microcomputer 3
CO SCI 636 Introduction to Data Structures 3
CO SCI 639 Programming in C 3
CO SCI 660 Business Systems Design 3
TOTAL UNITS 27
Recommended Electives: Units
CO SCI 681 Computer Networking I 4
CO SCI 682 Computer Networking II 4
CO SCI 688 Computer Project 2

Get Ready Before You Start

Start preparing for your career in information technology before your first class starts at LASC!

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your future plans so your counselor can recommend different support services and opportunities, as well as consider if a bachelor’s degree would be a good match for your career goals.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has a computer club to join. Talk to your parents and your teachers about books or magazines you can read about the industry. Follow computer science and software developer blogs and social media sites to learn about the industry.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as Toastmasters to gain public speaking skills, become a student ambassador, or run for student government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to work with others and your leadership skills. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Work individually or on a team to perform computational tasks using operating system environments and develop problem-solving algorithms for given tasks.
  • You will be able to use computer science concepts, including the study of the properties of algorithms, which includes linguistics, virtual hardware development, and application development.