Computer Systems Support

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/Examination Program Course
CompTIA A+ Certification CISM 130 & CISM 149
CompTIA Security+ CISM 176
PMI CAMP Certified Assoc. in Project Management CISM 143
CompTIA Network+ CISM 146
CompTIA Linux+ CISM 182

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

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Identify hardware and software problems and recommend solutions;
  • Prepare for multiple CompTIA certification examinations;
  • Configure and administer computer networks;
  • Prepare for a certification examination in Project Management.

(CPSS-Fall 2021)

 

General Education Courses

When a course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.

Communication

Course #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
6

Humanities

Choose: ARTS108, PHIL102, PHIL105, PHIL110 or PHIL111

Course #
Title
Credits
Choice of Course (3 Credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
3

Program Courses

Choose: CISM295-Information Technology Cooperative Education or CISM162-Microsoft Excel

Choose two:
CISM135-Computer Programming C++, CISM154-Computer Programming-Java, CISM167-Programming in Oracle SQL or  CISM174-Computer Programming-Visual Basic

 

Course #
Title
Credits
Choice of Course (3 Credits)  +
3
Choice of Course (4 Credits)  +
4
Choice of Course (4 Credits)  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
40
Total credits:
60

Recommended sequence of courses:

Second Semester

Choose: CISM135, CISM154, CISM167 or CISM174

Choose: MATH121 or MATH220

Course #
Title
Credits
Choice of Course (4 Credits)  +
4
Choice of Course (4 Credits)  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
15

Third Semester

Choose: ARTS108, PHIL102, PHIL105, PHIL110 or PHIL111

Course #
Title
Credits
Choice of Course (3 Credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
17

Fourth Semester

Choose: CISM135, CISM154, CISM167, or CISM174

Choose: CISM162 or CISM295

Course #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
14

Overview

Program

Computer Systems Support

Type

Associate in Applied Science