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AA: Specialized Curriculum Area

Computer Studies

Computer Studies
Associate of Arts
AT A GLANCE
  • 60 credits
  • Transfer up to 45 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
TUITION
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
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Build your expertise in IT, information systems, computer science, software development, and more.

Gain knowledge and expertise in computer studies in this UMGC Associate of Arts specialized curriculum area. Gain introductory knowledge in programming, problem solving, or algorithm design, and then take a variety of courses that are applicable to a bachelor’s degree in a computing-related field.

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum Courses: 25 Credits

  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)
    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • 21 credits of computer studies-related coursework, chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, DATA, IFSM, or SDEV courses for which you meet the prerequisites

Please see Focus Area for suggested course groupings.

General Education Courses: 35 Credits

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
3

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics: (3 Credits, DATA 200)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, CMIT 202)
  • Software Development: (3 Credits, CMIS 102)
  • Web Development: (3 Credits, CMST 301)
  • Computer User Support: (3 Credits, CMIS 102)
General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
4 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
5

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, CMIS 102)
  • Information Security: (3 Credits, CMIT 265)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, CMIS 141)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 290)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 202)
AA Curriculum Area
6 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
7

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, STAT 200)
  • Other Focus Areas:  (3 Credits, MATH 105)
General Education: Math
8 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
9

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics: DATA 220
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, IFSM 300)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, CMIS 242)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 295)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 265)
AA Curriculum Area
10 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
11 Take these courses simultaneously:
(3 Credits, BIOL 101)
(1 Credit, BIOL 102)
General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
12 (3 Credits, PSYC 100) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
13 (3 Credits, HIST 156) General Education: Arts & Humanities
14 (3 Credits, ECON 201) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
15

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, DATA 300)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, CMIT 320)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, CMIS 320)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 308)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 291)
AA Curriculum Area
16

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, CSIA 300)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, CMIT 321)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, CMSC 350)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 320)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 320)
AA Curriculum Area
17

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, IFSM 330)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, IFSM 304)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, SDEV 300)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 325)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 326)
AA Curriculum Area
18

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, IFSM 380)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, CSIA 300)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, SDEV 325)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 385)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CSIA 310)
AA Curriculum Area
19

Take the course that aligns with the area you selected for this program:

  • Data Analytics:  (3 Credits, DATA 335)
  • Information Security:  (3 Credits, CSIA 310)
  • Software Development:  (3 Credits, SDEV 350)
  • Web Development:  (3 Credits, CMST 386)
  • Computer User Support:  (3 Credits, CMIT 380)
AA Curriculum Area
20 4 credits of elective courses Elective

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