A.S. Degree, Information Systems Technology

Information Systems Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : IST-AS
CIP: 1511100112
Educational Plan: IST-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Information Systems Technology provides students the skills and knowledge required to administer and manage local and wide area networks in multiple environments with an emphasis on the creation and maintenance of the database objects used to store, retrieve and manipulate data. Featuring two specializations: networking and AS to BS (IST). The networking specialization provides students with fundamentals of computer and networking design while gaining a solid foundation in basic programming concepts. The AS to BS (IST) specialization provides students with the general education courses needed for the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology.


Information technology (IT) plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of modern life. IT professionals possess the highly valuable technical skills required to create the software, maintain the computer networks and secure and protect the information that allows companies to be competitive. Consistent demand for the services provided by these specialists has resulted in numerous, highly-lucrative domestic and international career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed as:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Analysts
  • Network Designers
  • Network Integrators

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Job Outlook

Considered one of Central Florida’s high-skill, high-wage professions, employment in the IT field is expected to grow by 28 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students may complete the following college credit certificates as part of the Information Systems Technology degree:

  • IP Communications Technical Certificate
  • IT Client Specialist Certificate
  • Network and IP Support Specialist Certificate


Graduates of this program may be qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CISCO004
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security), CISCO011
  • CompTIA A+, COMPT001
  • CompTIA Convergence+, COMPT003
  • CompTIA Linux+, COMPT005
  • CompTIA Network+, COMPT006
  • CompTIA Security +, COMPT008
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) - Windows Server, MICRO046
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, MICRO013
  • Microsoft Desktop Support Technician, MICRO006
  • Professional (MCIT) Server Administrator, MICRO034

Additional industry certifications may be available for college credit certificate programs.

Degree Transfer

Seminole State’s A.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology will transfer to the College’s B.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology Program.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
This course is an introduction to network maintenance and repair. Preventative maintenance and diagnosis of the microcomputer will be emphasized along with basic-to-advanced troubleshooting skills. Software and hardware tools will be used and evaluated in class. Preventative maintenance, upgrades, system diagnostics, configuration files, power, memory, drives, input/output (I/O), modems, communications, printing and how these topics interact in the network will be examined. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to computer networks and operating systems. Computer components are identified and their functions explained. Operating system functions include command execution, disk drive operations, file maintenance, directory maintenance, batch files and system configurations. Network topics include proper logging in, logging out, network security and network questions and solutions. Operating typical business software such as word processing, spreadsheets and database management of a network will be introduced. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to prepare the student to apply and understand the basics of networking. The course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes. This is the first part of a four-part series designed to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of database design and management. Topics include the relational model, Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs), database design and normalization, query languages, multi-user and distributed databases and data warehouses.
This course covers the basic concepts of computer programming. Students use a structured approach using the Java programming language to design and program logic techniques such as iteration, initialization, conditional processing, accumulation and sequencing. Also considered are programming style and program efficiency. Logic techniques and data formats are illustrated using high level programming languages. This class utilizes classroom lecture and hands-on programming exercises. A working knowledge of the Windows PC including starting programs, saving files and copying files is required. Lab fee required.

Choose four credits from the following list:

This course prepares the student to install and configure Windows 10 in single server and enterprise environments. The student will learn to install and implement Windows 10, configure and support services, and manage and maintain the Windows 10 environment. Additionally, this course prepares students for the Microsoft Exam 70-698.
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform installation, post-installation, configuration and day-to-day administrative tasks in enterprise systems in single domain or multiple domain environments using Windows 8.
Elective Courses

Choose 14 credits of elective courses from one of the following specializations:

  • Networking
  • AS to BS (IST)

Networking Specialization

In this course, students learn the concepts and capabilities of virtual architecture with a focus on the installation, configuration and management of a VMware virtual infrastructure. This course covers fundamentals of virtual network design and implementation, fundamentals of storage area networks, virtual switching, virtual management and engineering for high availability.

Choose 4 credits from the following list:

This course is the first of three courses designed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The course covers implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.


This course addresses all of the concepts, terminology and technology covered in the installation, storage and computing of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, and it provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on practice with virtual labs for a complete learning experience. Through this course students can prepare for the 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam.

Choose 4 credits from the following list:

This course explains how companies are using IP Telephony equipment and software to efficiently upgrade existing telephone systems. In addition, the course will give the student a fundamental understanding of the architecture of voice communication and how signaling, call quality and public switched telephone networks operate in a LAN/WAN networking environment. The use of IP Telephony products will be discussed and how software allows companies to cost-effectively upgrade and eventually replace existing (legacy) telephone systems with more cost-effective and easy-to-use telephone equipment. Lab fee required.


This course is designed to provide students with a complete foundation of knowledge for entering into or advancing in the wireless networking industry. It covers basic RF theory to link budget math, including topics from troubleshooting to performing a site survey. This course delivers hands-on training that will benefit the novice as well as the experienced network professional. Lab fee required.

Any CET, CIS, CNT, COP or CTS prefix course not already required (excluding CTS 1162, CTS 1163C, CTS 1300 and CTS 1327C)


AS to BS (IST) Specialization

Humanities General Education course (Area A)


Science General Education courses from two different areas (A, B, or C)


Any CET, CIS, CNT, COP or CTS prefix course not already required (excluding CTS 1162, CTS 1163C, CTS 1300 and CTS 1327C)

General Education Courses
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
In this course, students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level MAC prefix course
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.
Choose 3 credits from the following list:
This course is a calculus preparatory course in trigonometry with emphasis upon functions. The topics include angular measure, right triangle and unit circle trigonometry, trigonometric (circular) and inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities, conditional trigonometric equations, solution of right and oblique triangles, vectors, complex numbers in trigonometric form, applications, polar coordinates and graphs and parametric equations and graphs. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course.
This is a course in precalculus algebra intended for the student who is planning to take trigonometry and the calculus sequence. Major topics include rational and other algebraic functions and their graphs, piecewise-defined functions, a review of exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, matrices and determinants, sequences and series, Mathematical Induction, the Binomial Theorem and applications. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This course may be taken concurrently with MAC 1114, Trigonometry.
This course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business-related field. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level mathematics course

History General Education course


Humanities General Education course


Note: If you are in the AS to BS (IST) specialization, please choose 3 credits of Humanities from the other area (A or B) than already taken.

Social Science General Education Course (Area A, C, D, E or F)


Social Science General Education Course (Area B:  ECO 2013 or ECO 2023)

Total Credits:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.


Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

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