Associate Degree in Computer Technology

Gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the fast-paced field of Computer Technology. With over 40 start dates, you can learn on your own schedule.

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (64 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

Our Associate program can help prepare you to take on entry-level careers that include:

  • Web designer
  • Helpdesk support technician
  • Graphic designer

CLASSES YOU’LL TAKE

This online Associate degree program is designed to provide our students with training and information on the use, application, and technological development of computing. You’ll learn about user interfaces, operating systems, current business trends, and software applications. With our flexible scheduling system, you can start almost any Monday in the year! Part-time, full-time, anytime: Learn at your own pace.

 

DEGREE TRACKS

Students seeking an Associate degree in Computer Technology must select one of three tracks: Advanced Computer Usage and Applications, Digital Design, or Web Design: User Interface.

 

TRACK 1: ADVANCED COMPUTER USAGE AND APPLICATIONS

  • Topics Covered in This Degree

    Topics covered in this degree

    • Terms related to microcomputer usage and applications. (CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM, CIS121AE)
    • Microcomputer hardware and software components. (CIS105, CIS121AE)
    • Apply microcomputer operation skills: care and handling of diskettes, powering up the computer, keyboarding (required speed development: 25 words per minute), and powering down the computer. (CIS105)
    • Microcomputer hardware and software for specific applications. (CIS105)
    • Basic graphics, sound process control, and other special capabilities of a microcomputer. (CIS105, CIS118AB)
    • Skills for using commercial software programs including electronic spreadsheets, micro word processing, and database management. (CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM)
    • Use of a computer operating system. (CIS121AE)
    • Use suitable software to generate charts, graphs and graphics for business use. (CIS118AB)
    • Various Internet communication, resource discovery, and information retrieval tools. (CIS133AA, CIS133BA, CIS133CA, CIS133DA)
    • Use enhanced word processing software features such as math functions, columns, macros, style libraries, graphics, outlines and table of contents. (CIS213DE)
    • PowerPoint software to incorporate sound and time-based data into presentations. (CIS118BB)
    • Advanced use of an operating system. (CIS122AE)
    • Use project management software to plan and schedule a project. (CIS124AA, CIS124BA)
    • Process for modifying, tracking, updating, and consolidating projects. (CIS124BA)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    On a full-time schedule, it will only take five semesters for you to earn your Associates degree.

    SEMESTER 1 (14 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 2 (13 CREDITS)

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS213DE (3): Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 3 (12 CREDITS)

    CIS214DE (3): Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II

    CIS233DA (3): Internet/Web Development: Level II

    CIS118BB (1): PowerPoint: Level II

    CIS122AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level II

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication


    SEMESTER 4 (12 CREDITS)

    CIS217AM (3): Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management

    CIS250 (3): Management of Information Systems

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 5 (13 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Part-Time Schedule

    Rio's part-time schedule breaks the Computer Technology curriculum down into eight semesters.

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet


    SEMESTER 2 (8 CREDITS)

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management


    SEMESTER 3 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS213DE (3): Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 4 (7 CREDITS)

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1

    CIS214DE (3): Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II

    CIS233DA (3): Internet/Web Development: Level II


    SEMESTER 5 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS214DE (3): Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II

    CIS118BB (1): PowerPoint: Level II

    CIS122AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level II

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II


    SEMESTER 6 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS217AM (3): Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management

    CIS250 (3): Management of Information Systems

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 7 (9 CREDITS)

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology


    SEMESTER 8 (7 CREDITS)

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

TRACK 2: DIGITAL DESIGN

  • What Will I Learn?

    Topics covered in this degree

    • Terms related to microcomputer usage and applications. (CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM, CIS121AE)
    • Microcomputing hardware and software components. (CIS105, CIS121AE)
    • Microcomputing operation skills: care and handling of diskettes, powering up the computer, keyboarding (required speed development: 25 words per minutes), and powering down the computer. (CIS105)
    • Microcomputing hardware and software for specific applications. (CIS105)
    • Basic graphics, sound, process control, and other special capabilities of a microcomputer. (CIS105, CIS118AB)
    • Skills for using commercial software programs including electronic spreadsheets, micro word processing, and database management. (CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM)
    • Use of a computer operating system. (CIS121AE)
    • Suitable software to generate charts, graphics and graphics for business use. CIS118AB)
    • Various Internet communication, resource discovery, and information retrieval tools. (CIS133AA, CIS133BA, CIS133CA, CIS133DA)
    • Electronic techniques to create, manipulate, and edit images, text, abstract art, graphic design, color graphics, and business charts. (CIS120DB, CIS120DF)
    • Project management software to plan and schedule a project. (CIS124AA, CIS124BA)
    • Process for modifying, tracking, updating, and consolidating projects. (CIS124BA)
    • Various desktop publications using Adobe InDesign. (CSI138DA)
    • Multimedia technology. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Various hardware devices and software tools used in developing and delivering multimedia. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Process of analysis and design of a multimedia application. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Advanced features of Adobe Photoshop, including filters, typography, painting, image compilation, and color and text manipulation. (CIS220DF)
    • Design and publish an electronic portfolio, showcasing one's best work and providing evidence of one's knowledge, skill, and learning. (CIS288)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    SEMESTER 1 (14 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 2 (13 CREDITS)

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS213DE (3): Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 3 (12 CREDITS)

    CIS220DF (3): Adobe Photoshop Level II: Advanced Digital Imaging

    CIS120DB (3): Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator

    CIS140 (2): Survey of Multimedia Technology

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 4 (12 CREDITS)

    CIS138DA (3): Desktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign

    CIS288 (2): Digital Design Portfolio

    CIS250 (3): Management Information Systems

    CIS102 (1): Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 5 (13 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Part-Time Schedule

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet


    SEMESTER 2 (8 CREDITS)

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management


    SEMESTER 3 (7 CREDITS)

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS213DE (3): Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1


    SEMESTER 4 (9 CREDITS)

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    CIS220DF (3): Adobe Photoshop Level II: Advanced Digital Imaging

    CIS120DB (3): Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator


    SEMESTER 5 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS140 (2): Survey of Multimedia Technology

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS138DA (3): Desktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign


    SEMESTER 6 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS288 (2): Digital Design Portfolio

    CIS250 (3): Management Information Systems

    CIS102 (1): Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 7 (6 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology


    SEMESTER 8 (7 CREDITS)

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

TRACK 3: WEB DESIGN: USER INTERFACE

  • Topics Covered in This Degree

    Topics covered in this degree

    • Terms related to microcomputer usage and applications. (CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM, CIS121AE)
    • Microcomputing hardware and software components. (CIS105, CIS121AE)
    • Microcomputing operation skills: care and handling of diskettes, powering up the computer, keyboarding (required speed development: 25 words per minutes), and powering down the computer. (CIS105)
    • Microcomputing hardware and software for specific applications. (CIS105)
    • Basic graphics, sound, process control, and other special capabilities of a microcomputer. (CIS105, CIS118AB)
    • Skills for using commercial software programs including electronic spreadsheets, micro word processing, and database management. (CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM)
    • Use of a computer operating system. (CIS121AE)
    • Suitable software to generate charts, graphics and graphics for business use. CIS118AB)
    • Various Internet communication, resource discovery, and information retrieval tools. (CIS133AA, CIS133BA, CIS133CA, CIS133DA)
    • Basic animation techniques for creating, manipulating, and editing flash animation graphics. (CIS120DC)
    • Electronic techniques to create, manipulate, and edit images, text, abstract art, graphic design, color graphics and business charts. (CIS120DF)
    • Project management software to plan and schedule a project. (CIS124AA)
    • Multimedia technology. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Various hardware devices and software tools used in developing and delivering multimedia. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Process of analysis and design of a multimedia application. (CIS/MMT140)
    • Presentations using the World Wide Web authoring hypertext markup language (HTML). (CIS233DA)
    • e-Commerce, its uses and common components in web sites. (CIS235)
    • Design and publish and electronic portfolio, showcasing one's best work and providing evidence of one's knowledge, skill, and learning. (CIS288)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    SEMESTER 1 (14 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 2 (13 CREDITS)

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS120DF (3): Adobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 3 (11 CREDITS)

    CIS120DC (3): Adobe Animate: Digital Animation

    CIS233DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level II

    CIS140 (2): Survey of Multimedia Technology

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 4 (13 CREDITS)

    CIS235 (3): e-Commerce

    CIS288 (2): Digital Design Portfolio

    CIS250 (3): Management Information Systems

    CIS102 (1): Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 5 (13 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Part-Time Schedule

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    CIS113DE (3): Microsoft Word: Word Processing

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet


    SEMESTER 2 (8 CREDITS)

    CIS121AE (1): Windows Operating System: Level 1

    CIS124AA (1): Project Management Software: Level 1

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS117DM (3): Microsoft Access: Database Management


    SEMESTER 3 (7 CREDITS)

    CIS133DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level 1

    CIS120DF (3): Adobe Photoshop Level I: Digital Imaging

    CIS118AB (1): PowerPoint: Level 1


    SEMESTER 4 (9 CREDITS)

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    CIS120DC (3): Adobe Animate: Digital Animation

    CIS233DA (3): Internet/Web Development Level II


    SEMESTER 5 (8 CREDITS)

    CIS140 (2): Survey of Multimedia Technology

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS235 (3): e-Commerce


    SEMESTER 6 (7 CREDITS)

    CIS288 (2): Digital Design Portfolio

    CIS250 (3): Management Information Systems

    CIS102 (1): Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals

    CIS124BA (1): Project Management Software: Level II


    SEMESTER 7 (9 CREDITS)

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology


    SEMESTER 8 (7 CREDITS)

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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