Computer Programming A.A.S.

What Is Computer Programming?

Computer programmers determine the types of information and data needed to produce the computer results expected by an organization's decision-makers and decide how to analyze and process information and summarize results in printed reports or graphic displays. They determine what programming language to use to write programs that satisfy an organization's needs.

Occupation Overview

Computer programmers write the detailed instructions (programs and software) that list in a logical order the steps the computer must follow to organize data to solve a problem. Programmers determine how to capture and enter information needed and summarize computer results in reports and displays.

Many programmers obtain a two-year associate degree for an entry-level position. However, the trend for many positions has been the requirement of a bachelor's degree. If a student wants to transfer courses, then the Associate of Applied Science degree should be pursued and the Computer Science Transfer Program Schedule Guide followed.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of computer programmers is projected to grow 8 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

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Computer Programming Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: programmer/analyst, application programmer/developer, programmer systems analyst, network or system software engineer, project manager and technical writer.

Salary Outlook

The average starting salary for programmers is $32,500 with an associate's degree and about $50,000 per year with a bachelor’s degree. The hourly mean wage for computer programmers in Missouri is $34.48. Established computer programmers generally earn between $53,620 and $91,000 per year. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $113,380.

Sources: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems.

Degree Name: Computer Programming A.A.S.
Degree or Program: Programming
Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Description:
Applications development is a foundation of information technology (IT) departments, and as custom applications become more prevalent on the Web and on network systems, companies are seeking skilled programmers.

Professionals with strong object-oriented language skills are in greatest demand, particularly those with Visual Basic, C++, C and Java expertise.
General Education Requirements 25
  COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Mathematics MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra 4  
Communication ENG 101
ENG 102
ENG 115 or
ENG 125
SPE 101
English Composition I
English Composition II
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Oral Communication
9
Social Sciences HIS 101
HIS 102
HIS 115
HIS 270
POL 101
POL 102
US History to 1877
US History Since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM, PHY   3
Humanities CPT/BUS 105 Computer Ethics/Business Ethics 3
Elective CPT 115 Introduction to Data Processing 3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: 23
  CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3  
  CPT 106 PC Operating Systems 3
  CPM 120 Windows Multimedia 3
  CPT 121 Basics of Data Communications 3
  CPT 165 Programming Logic 3
  CPT 200 systems Analysis & Design 3
  CPC 107 A+ Computer Repair & Maintenance 5
ELECTIVE COURSES: Choose any two of the following pairs of courses 12
  CPT 182
and CPT 186
Beginning Programming in C++
and Advanced Programming in C++
3
3
 
  CPT 280
and CPT 282
Visual Basic (.NET)
and Advanced Visual Basic (.NET)
3
3
  CPT 284
and CPT 287
Java Programming
& Advanced Java Programming
3
3
  CPT 174
and CPT 175
COBOL Programming I
and COBOL Programming II
3
3
  CPT 240
and CPT 260
SQL Basics
and Oracle Programming
3
3
Plus choose any two of the following courses: 6
  CPT 104 Intro to Animation & Computer Games 3  
  CPT 135 Programming in Python 3
  CPT 160 Mobile Apps Development 3
  CPT 185 Programming in C# 3
  CPM 190 Dynamic Programming Languages 3
  CPT 250 Database Programming 3
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 66

Courses by Semester

FALL SEMESTER 16
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH  
CPT 115 Introduction to Data Processing 3
CPT 106 PC Operating Systems 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications (MS Office) 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra 4
SPRING SEMESTER 17
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH  
CPT 121 Basics of Data Communications 3
CPT 165 Computer Programming Logic 3
CPC 107 A+ Computer Repair & Maintenance 5
CPT/BUS 105 Computer Ethics 3
SCIENCE Natural Science 3
SUMMER SEMESTER 3
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH  
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
FALL SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH  
ENG 102, 115 or 125 English Comp II -or- Technical Writing -or- Business Writing 3
CPM 120 Windows Multimedia 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part I 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part I 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part I 3
SPRING SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH  
CPT 200 Systems Analysis & Design 3
HIS or POL Social Sciences 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part II 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part II 3
CPT Elect CPT Elective Part II 3

CPT Electives: Choose two of the following pairs:

Part I (Fall) Choose 1 course for 3 hrs Part II (Spring) Choose 1 course for 3 hrs
CPT 182 Beg. Programming C++ -and- CPT 186 Adv. Programming C++
CPT 280 Visual Basic (.NET) -and- CPT 282 Adv. Visual Basic (.NET)
CPM 284 Java Programming -and- CPT 287 Adv. Java Programming
CPT 240 SQL Basics -and- CPT 260 Oracle Programming
CPT 174 COBOL Programming I -and- CPT 175 COBOL Programming II

Plus choose any two of the following electives

Part I (Fall) Choose 1 course for 3 hrs Part II (Spring) Choose 1 course for 3 hrs
CPM 190 Dynamic Programming Lang. CPT 250 Database Programming (PHP)
CPT 104 Intro to Animation & Games CPT 185 C# Programming
CPT 135 Programming in Python CPT 160 Mobile Apps Development

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