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Associate of Applied Science with a major in Information Systems Technology

Associate of Applied Science
Southside Virginia Community College

The Information Systems Technology degree introduces students to a very broad field that includes many Information Technology (IT) sectors such as hardware, software, networking, web design, programming and repair/troubleshooting. This curriculum is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in this rapidly expanding field.


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Is This Degree Right For Me? The Information Systems Technology curriculum offers students an opportunity to prepare themselves for the multitude of career opportunities in many businesses and industries requiring the skills of an IT professional. The curriculum introduces the student to a variety of software including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, multimedia, web design/web graphics, and operating systems. In addition to application and system software, the curriculum includes personal computer hardware repair and troubleshooting courses, programming courses, networking courses, and courses in related areas such as business. Hardware and software are updated frequently in order to provide students with current knowledge as they enter the job market.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Southside Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion The student development (SDV 100) requirement at SVCC is waived for students who have completed an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. All other coursework is evaluated and transferred as applicable to your degree.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning We accept AP, IB, Dantes, and CLEP results for college credit if the score earned meets college expectations.
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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Southside Virginia Community College
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Percent of Transfer Students
100% of Transfer students who applied were accepted. The average GPA of transfer students accepted was 2.98
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Is This College Right For Me?

Some of main reasons that students pick SVCC are the location, affordability, and student-centered focus of the employees. SVCC is located in southside Virginia with two campuses and five off-site centers, often making it a short drive. SVCC offers small class sizes which allows for a personable experience with faculty.

Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance or year placement in the program of study.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions We recommend that you start your transfer planning during your first semester at SVCC. In addition to your regular academic advising, you should review the SVCC guaranteed admissions agreements and the transfer guides for the college or university to which you would like to transfer.
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology (Geographic Information Systems - GIS)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Geospatial Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Radford UniversityBA in Geospatial ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Geospatial ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeInformation Systems Technology, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeInformation Systems Technology: Cloud Computing Specialization, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeInformation Technology, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Infor Systems TechAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology - Specialization in NetworkingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology for BusinessAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology: CybersecurityAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology: Cloud ComputingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology: Digital Design and GraphicsAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Technology-Cloud Computing SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Technology-Network and Technical Support SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Technology-Full Stack DeveloperAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in Computer ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - Computer EngineeringBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - Computer Engineering (DNIMAS) TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering (DNIMAS) TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - CyberSecurity (DNIMAS) TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - Cybersecurity TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Computer Science - (DNIMAS) TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Central Virginia Community CollegeAAS in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in IST: Database and Program Developer SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in IST: Cyber Security and Network Administration SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Engineering - Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Science - Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology - Software Development SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology Network EngineerAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology - Gaming and Mobile Application Design SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology Network Engineer - Cyber and Network Security SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Information SystemsAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Richard Bland CollegeAssociate of Science-Math/Computer ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in CybersecurityAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityComputer Science-BSCSBachelorBS in Computer Science4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityComputer Sci Teach Lic-BSCSBachelorBS in Computer Science4-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/Computer ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Mountain Gateway Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Cyber SecurityAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology (Database Specialist)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology (Network Administration)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology (Network Infrastructure Specialist)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology (Programming and Mobile Applications Development)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in Science: Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Engineering-Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Technology-Cyber Security SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Info Systems TechAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Internet ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting Information SystemsAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Game Design and DevelopmentAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBS in Computer Science/Geospatial Information SystemBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBS in Computer Information SystemBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBS in Computer ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBS in CybersecurityBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Computer Science, Major in Computer ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityComputer Science, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityComputer Science, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in CybersecurityBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityComputer Science, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in Data ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityComputer Science, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in Software EngineeringBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology-Cloud ComputingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology-CybersecurityAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology-ProgrammingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeInformation Systems Tech Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeInformation Systems Tech Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeScience - Computer Science Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeManagement with Information TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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11-9199.11Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site ManagersPlan and direct cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties for reuse. Does not include properties sufficiently contaminated to qualify as Superfund sites.Management Occupations
17-1021.00Cartographers and PhotogrammetristsResearch, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for one or more purposes, such as legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. May collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data.Architecture and Engineering Occupations
11-9199.02Compliance ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.Management Occupations
19-3092.00GeographersStudy the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1064.00Geography Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
11-9199.08Loss Prevention ManagersPlan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.Management Occupations
11-9199.00Managers, All OtherAll managers not listed separately.Management Occupations
11-9199.01Regulatory Affairs ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate production activities of an organization to ensure compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures.Management Occupations
17-3031.00Surveying and Mapping TechniciansPerform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.Architecture and Engineering Occupations
11-9199.10Wind Energy Development ManagersLead or manage the development and evaluation of potential wind energy business opportunities, including environmental studies, permitting, and proposals. May also manage construction of projects.Management Occupations
11-9199.09Wind Energy Operations ManagersManage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.Management Occupations
15-1299.07Blockchain EngineersMaintain and support distributed and decentralized blockchain-based networks or block-chain applications such as cryptocurrency exchange, payment processing, document sharing, and digital voting. Design and deploy secure block-chain design patterns and solutions over geographically distributed networks using advanced technologies. May assist with infrastructure setup and testing for application transparency and security.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1241.00Computer Network ArchitectsDesign and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.00Computer Occupations, All OtherAll computer occupations not listed separately.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
25-1021.00Computer Science Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
15-1211.00Computer Systems AnalystsAnalyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.08Computer Systems Engineers/ArchitectsDesign and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1221.00Computer and Information Research ScientistsConduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
11-3021.00Computer and Information Systems ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.Management Occupations
15-1243.01Data Warehousing SpecialistsDesign, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. Program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1242.00Database AdministratorsAdminister, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1243.00Database ArchitectsDesign strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Set standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Model, design, and construct large relational databases or data warehouses. Create and optimize data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.06Digital Forensics AnalystsConduct investigations on computer-based crimes establishing documentary or physical evidence, such as digital media and logs associated with cyber intrusion incidents. Analyze digital evidence and investigate computer security incidents to derive information in support of system and network vulnerability mitigation. Preserve and present computer-related evidence in support of criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, or law enforcement investigations.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.03Document Management SpecialistsImplement and administer enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and destroy electronic records and documents.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.02Geographic Information Systems Technologists and TechniciansAssist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1211.01Health Informatics SpecialistsApply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.05Information Security EngineersDevelop and oversee the implementation of information security procedures and policies. Build, maintain and upgrade security technology, such as firewalls, for the safe use of computer networks and the transmission and retrieval of information. Design and implement appropriate security controls to identify vulnerabilities and protect digital files and electronic infrastructures. Monitor and respond to computer security breaches, viruses, and intrusions, and perform forensic investigation. May oversee the assessment of information security systems.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.09Information Technology Project ManagersPlan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1244.00Network and Computer Systems AdministratorsInstall, configure, and maintain an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.04Penetration TestersEvaluate network system security by conducting simulated internal and external cyberattacks using adversary tools and techniques. Attempt to breach and exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive information to assess system security.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1253.00Software Quality Assurance Analysts and TestersDevelop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1241.01Telecommunications Engineering SpecialistsDesign or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1255.01Video Game DesignersDesign core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.01Web AdministratorsManage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1255.00Web and Digital Interface DesignersDesign digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.Computer and Mathematical Occupations