Computer Technology - Associate of Applied Science

60 credits

The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology prepares students for entry-level work in the IT field. Skills include PC repair, installing and configuring operating systems, managing network systems and installing and configuring standard business software.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include 12 - 14 credits of General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60-62 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

The New Mexico General Education course course list can be found here.

(See also Certificate in Computer Technology)

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
This degree requires 12 - 14 credits from courses in the NM General Education Areas I, III and IV; students must select one course from the remaining areas to complete General Education requirements. 212-14
Area I: Communications
Composition I4
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select one Area III: Laboratory Sciences course (4 credits) 2
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select one Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course (3 credits) 2
Select a course from one the following General Education Areas 2
Area II: Mathematics 1
Area V: Humanities
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
General Education Elective
ENGL 2210GProfessional and Technical Communication Honors3
Core Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
OECS 125Operating Systems3
OECS 185PC Maintenance and Repair I3
OECS 204Linux Operating System3
OECS 207Windows3
OECS 230Data Communications and Networks I3
OECS 231Data Communications and Networks II3
OECS 269Network Security3
OETS 118Mathematics for Technicians3
or MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra
FDMA 1360Web Design I3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60-62
Select elective courses from OECS/FDMA/C S/ARTS or BICT option13
Total Credits60

MATH 1220G is recommended for student pursuing the Bachelor of ICT.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


OECS 195. Java Programming I is required for the Bachelor of Science in Information & Communication Technology at NMSU.

Required Courses for Students Pursuing the Bachelor of Science of Information & Communication Technology (BICT) at the Las Cruces Campus

Prefix Title Credits
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
OECS 195Java Programming I3
Area III: Laboratory Science 24

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student  placement in ENGL 1110G Composition I The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
OECS 125 Operating Systems 3
OECS 185 PC Maintenance and Repair I 3
OECS 207 Windows 3
OECS 230 Data Communications and Networks I 3
OECS 231 Data Communications and Networks II 3
OECS 269 Network Security 3
OECS 204 Linux Operating System 3
Any OECS/C S/FDMA Elective Courses 6
If all courses are completed, apply for the Certificate in Computer Technology
An OECS/C S/FDMA Elective Course 3
Second Year
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
FDMA 1360 Web Design I 3
OETS 118 Mathematics for Technicians 3
Select one 4 credit course from Area III: Laboratory Science Course from the NM General Education list 1 4
ENGL 2210G Professional and Technical Communication Honors 3
Select one course from Area IV: Social /Behavior Sciences 3
Select one course from General Education Area II, V, or VI 1 3
C S/FDMA/OECS Elective Courses 4
 Total Credits60

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Program Manager: Michael Webb
Phone: (505) 287-6631
Office:  McClure Hall, Room 304