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    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science with Cloud Computing, AS

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Contact: Bernice Brezina, Chair, Business, Technology, and Public Service Division;
Richard White, Program Coordinator

This program provides students with an introduction to the concept of virtualization. Virtualization is achieved through using both hardware and software in a manner that gives the perception that a physical environment exists when, in fact, it may not. Students will understand how cloud computing systems utilize virtual memory to provide applications with the ability to run better and faster without adding more physical memory. Students will explore the concept of server virtualization, which similarly gives the appearance and benefit of having multiple processors running simultaneously. Students will evaluate the present status and future direction of cloud computing. Actual virtualization software will be used to provide students with a real-world experience.

Students will take classes that will help to prepare for the following in-demand entry level cloud computing and IT industry certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, and AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

All of the courses in this program are available online with in-person class options.

Professionals with a strong IT background may contact the program coordinator or chair about obtaining prerequisite waivers to take certain classes in this program.

Students may be eligible to receive Credit for Prior Learning through Certification Evaluation with any of the following current certifications:  CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, and AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

Students should meet with an advisor to discuss Certification Evaluation, transfer evaluation, or options for transfer to 4-year colleges with this program.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

IT Systems Administrator, Cloud Computing Analyst, Network Engineer, Solution Architect, Cloud Engineer, Software Developer, Applications Developer, Computer Systems Analyst

Transfer Options:

A complete list of all transfer opportunities can be found on the Transfer Services page

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will…

  1. Develop solutions to real world problems using Cloud Computing technologies.
  2. Construct cloud computing solutions using industry best practices.
  3. Document solution architecture to aide in maintenance and future upgrades.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional practices when deploying solutions
  5. Communicate with team members to develop solutions.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Biological/physical sciences (3 credits)

Arts/Humanities (3 credits)


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any Arts/Humanities course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)

Acceptable (lecture and matching lab):

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


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