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STEM Pathway


Quick Facts

  • Program: Information Technology
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Campus: All Campuses

Programmers write & test code that makes computers and software to function correctly.

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Our Program

Why choose Programming?

  • Combine creative & technical skills in your work
  • Enjoy variety because you will write programs for different purposes
  • Learn how to:
    • Update & expand existing programs
    • Test programs for errors
    • Fix faulty lines of computer code
  • Have the option to work in an office setting or at home

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Use different coding languages, such as C++ or Java, to write programs that perform specific functions
  • Test programs & applications for errors, fix faulty lines of code & recheck them to make sure they produce the desired results
  • Update existing programs as needs & requirements change or expand
  • Translate software developers’ designs into instructions computers can follow

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • You will need to spend extensive lab time gaining hands-on practice with programming in addition to your coursework.
  • On the job, programmers normally work alone. However, they interact with others when discussing assignments or when participating in large projects
  • Being a lifelong learner will help you advance in your career because you will always need to keep up-to-date on web programming languages and be able to apply new knowledge to your work.
  • 3 skills or work style traits that will help you succeed in this field:
    • Attention to detail
    • Analytical thinking
    • Troubleshooting skills

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

Level 2

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2022–2023 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Information Technology-Programming 60 $3,840
CRT1 Programming I 25 $1,600
CRT2 Programming II 30 $1,920


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Northeast Campus

Julie Hester
Department Chair

Call 817-515-6660


Northwest Campus

R. Greg Harris
Department Chair

Call 817-515-7453


South Campus

Michael A. Jackson
Assistant Professor & Department Chair

Call 817-515-4578


Southeast Campus

James Chegwidden
Associate Professor & Department Chair

Call 817-515-3363


Trinity River Campus

Tyson McMillan, Ph.D.
Chair of Computer Science & Business

Call 817-515-1131


Updated February 17, 2023