CIT, Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, Associate of Applied Science


The Computer Information Technology program is designed primarily for students seeking an occupational certificate, certificate of technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students can expect to complete most CIT certificates in three semesters and AAS degrees in as few as four semesters. For those students who have already fulfilled general education requirements, it may be possible to finish degree course work even sooner. It is generally recommended that students complete the 21 credit hour computer information technology (CIT) foundations occupational certificate before continuing into a certificate of technology or AAS degree. Most courses in this occupational certificate will apply toward the other CIT certificates and AAS degrees.

The CIT curriculum provides the graduate with the knowledge and in-demand applied technical skills needed to enter computer-related occupations in the business/industry job market. Certificates and AAS degrees are available in the following areas: Applications Programming, Desktop Support and Network Administration, Information Technology Cyber Security, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, and Web Applications Development.

  • The Applications Programming Specialty is for students interested in developing computer programs (designing, coding, testing, and debugging), both stand-alone and web-based, in languages such as C++ and Java as well as gaining skills in the use of Python and SQL. Electives may include courses in C#, Game Design, JavaScript, and mobile app programming. Emphasis is placed on applying the techniques and procedures learned in providing software solutions for both business-related and practical computer problems that are robust, error-free, and easy to use.

  • In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware (installing, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading) and software support (installing and configuring) or one with focus on installing, configuring, and maintaining computer networks. This program of study prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ exams as well as other widely recognized industry certifications. Support and network graduates are invaluable in keeping businesses running smoothly.

  • The Simulation and Game Design program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, or multimedia programming.
  • In the Network Administration Cisco specialty, emphasis is on the design, implementation, and administration of local and wide area router networks.
  • The Web application development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, web-based applications development, and website administration.

The CIT industry certification program is intended for students with industry experience in one or more of the following areas of study: beginning network administration, Cisco, and advanced information technology security. These certificates enable students to supplement their current job skills and obtain industry certifications, if desired. Each industry certificate consists of only the courses required to obtain a specific certification.

Note for transfer students: Due to variations in requirements at four year colleges and universities, students desiring a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are strongly advised to consult a CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer. This communication regarding transfer degree plans with both computer department heads will help to ensure the transition process is as smooth as possible. 

Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration

The Desktop Support curriculum is designed to provide students with skills in desktop computer hardware and software support and prepare them for exams leading to industry certifications such as A+, Network+, and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Students will learn to install, maintain, repair, replace, and upgrade desktop computers. Common job titles for this certificate include: Desktop Support Specialist, Helpdesk Support, and PC Technician.

The Microsoft Network Administration curriculum is designed to provide students with basic skills needed to work as Microsoft computer network service technicians. Emphasis is placed upon the installation and maintenance of networks. A graduate will be able to administer and troubleshoot data and communication networks. These courses can lead to the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and/or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Network+, and Server+ certifications. Common job titles for this certificate include network technician, network administrator, server administrator, and network operations specialist.

Plan of Study

North and South campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1309 Integrated Software Applications I 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
ITNW 1325
Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
or CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
Second Term
ITSC 1321 Intermediate PC Operating Systems 3
ITSE 1329 Programming Logic and Design 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
Select one of the following: 3
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)  
College Algebra (or higher)  
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Third Term
Select one of the following: 3
UNIX Operating System I  
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Database 3
ITSY 1342 Information Technology Security 3
ITSC 2339 Personal Computer Help Desk 3
ENGL 2311
Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
Fourth Term
ITSY 2300 Operating System Security 3
ITNW 1313 Computer Virtualization 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Practicum - Computer and Information Sciences, General (or Approved Elective)  
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: ITNW 1313 Computer Virtualization

Approved Electives

ITCC 1440CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials4
ITSE 1307Introduction to C++ Programming3

**Students must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in order to graduate: Math level 8.