Computer Systems Support

Associate in Applied Science

This degree serves students who seek a career in computer systems support, but are not interested in programming or transferring to a baccalaureate program. Strong emphasis is given to supporting computer hardware, software, security, and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, employment opportunities may include computer server administrator, help desk technician, and computer support professional.

The A.A.S. in Computer Systems Support is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for industry certifications while earning an associate's degree. During successful completion of this program, students have the potential to earn five industry certifications.

Students who have already earned any of the certifications listed below or have successfully passed certification examinations, may initiate the college's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process and translate their certifications or examination results into equivalent course credits.

The following chart is an analysis of how the program courses align with industry certifications:

Certifications / Examinations Program Courses
CompTIA A+ Certification CISM130-Using PC Operating Systems & CISM149-Computer Hardware
CompTIA Network+ Certification CISM146-Computer Networking
CompTIA Security+ CISM176-Systems Security Methods
PMI CAPM Certified Associate in Project Management CISM 143-Introduction to Project Management

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Examination 70-410 CISM179-Windows Server
Examination 70-411 CISM229-Windows Server Administration
Examination 70-412 CISM269-Advanced Windows Server Administration

For additional program information, please contact faculty advisor, Bill Dougherty at (609) 343-4979/doughert@atlantic.edu or contact area coordinator, Svetlana Marzelli, at (609)343-5017/smarzell@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot hardware problems
  • Troubleshoot software problems
  • Sit for Microsoft certification examinations
  • Sit for the CompTIA A+ certification examination
  • Sit for the CompTIA Network+ certification examination
  • Sit for the CompTIA Security+ certification
  • Configure and administer a Windows Server
  • Complete an internship
  • Sit for a certification examination in project management
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
ENGL101-Composition I
3
ENGL102-Composition II
3
MATH121-Applications of Mathematics
4
General Education Science course
4
CISM125-Introduction to Computers
3
General Education Humanities or Social Science course
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
20
PROGRAM COURSES
CISM130-Using PC Operating Systems
4
CISM142-Help Desk Support
4
CISM143-Introduction to Project Mangement
3
CISM146-Computer Networking
4
CISM149-Computer Hardware
4
CISM176-Systems Security Methods
4
CISM179-Windows Server
4
CISM222-Issues in Computer Security
3
CISM229-Windows Server Administration
4
CISM269-Advanced Windows Server Administration
4
CISM280-Capstone Portfolio
1
CISM295-Internship in Information Technology 3

Choose one: 

        CISM135-Computer Programming C++

        CISM154-Computer Programming-Java

        CISM167-Programming in Oracle SQL

        CISM174-Computer Programming-Visual Basic

4
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
45
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
65
(CPSS) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014