- Program: Information Technology
- Pathway: STEM
- Campus: All Campuses
Programmers write & test code that makes computers and software to function correctly.
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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
- Personal & social responsibility
- 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.
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How Much Time & Money to Finish?
2022–2023 Academic Year
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- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
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R. Greg Harris
Michael A. Jackson
Assistant Professor & Department Chair
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Trinity River Campus
Tyson McMillan, Ph.D.
Chair of Computer Science & Business
Updated July 18, 2022