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Information Technology, Computer Programming, Associate in Applied Science (DPRP)

Effective: Fall 2016

The Computer Programming specialization is intended to prepare students for a career or further study in computer programming. A computer programmer works with a computer analyst and computer engineer to analyze, design, develop, test, implement and maintain computer applications to meet the functional objectives of a business. It is the job of the computer programmer to design and update the software that runs on the computer. A programmer generally works with an analyst to help determine the best way to approach a problem or implement a desired feature for a new version of a software package. A programmer codes the changes and then tests and debugs the software. The Computer Programming specialization emphasizes the more popular computer programming languages used in business today.

The Associate in Applied Sciences in the Information Technology (IT) Career Degrees at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical. Students are offered a choice of specializations: Computer Programming, Game Development, Help Desk/Technical Support, Interactive Multimedia, Network Engineering, Mobile Computing and Web Development. Students have the benefit of classroom or online instruction, dedicated laboratory facilities and participation in co-curricular activities. Students in the IT Career Degrees are required to take program courses and related electives in their specialization as well as four IT core courses. In addition, students are required to take general education courses.

  • Analyze problems with respect to the requirements of the computer and the required results.
  • Plan detailed program logic to solve problems and convert the logic to a well-structured applications program using an industry standard language and providing program documentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use debugging techniques.
  • Use mathematical equations in the creation of a computer program.
  • Use documentation or a knowledge base to resolve a technical challenge in an identified computing scenario.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
NET 110 Network Communications 3
CS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 3
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Business Precalculus
College Algebra
Calculus I
Second Semester
CS 110 Introduction to C++ 3
IMM 120 Web Page Design and Development 3
CS 104 Introduction to Java Programming 3
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4
Third Semester
CS 210 Object Oriented C++ 3
CS 204 Intermediate Java Programming 3
Any transferable Oral Communication (OC) designated course 3
Any transferable Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) and Global Understanding (GU) designated Social Science course 3
CS/IMM/NET Course - select only one 3
Fourth Semester
CS 212 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry (SI) designated Science Elective with a Lab course 3-4
Humanities Elective 3
CS/IMM/NET course - select two 6
 Total Hours61-64


Oral Communication designated courses.

Diversity and Social Justice and Global Understanding designated courses.

Scientific Inquiry designated courses.

Mathematics Elective:

Select from one of the following sequences:
MAT 135
MAT 136
Business Precalculus
and Business Calculus
MAT 151
MAT 152
College Algebra
and Precalculus
MAT 160
MAT 161
Calculus I
and Calculus II

Program Electives CS/IMM/NET:

Students are required to complete a total of three (3) Program Electives from CS/IMM/NET. Recommended CS/IMM/NET courses to choose from the following options:

CS 214jQuery/JavaScript3
CS 222Visual Basic Programming4
CS 240Responsive Web Design 3
IMM 110Multimedia Graphics & Design3
IMM 201Audio and Video for Multimedia3
NET 115Microsoft Windows4
NET 116 Microsoft Server I: Installation and Storage4
NET 117Microsoft Server: Networking4
NET 230Linux Operating Systems I4
NET 231Network Systems Administration4

The Computer Science faculty suggest seeing an advisor when selecting elective courses to ensure alignment with career goals.

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Information Technology, Computer Programming (Associate in Applied Science)

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