Information Systems Technology - Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization*

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Length: A full-time student may complete this program in four semesters.

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Information Systems Technology - Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization* is primarily for persons who seek
employment in the gaming, simulation or mobile application development and design field. Persons seeking initial employment in an information game design or who seek advancement in current design and development jobs will benefit from the program.

Program Requirements: To receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology – Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization*, you must complete a minimum of 65 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better. The following outline represents the typical order of courses planned for full-time students.

Occupational Objectives: The following occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:

  • Computer Game Programmer
  • Computer Mobile Application Designer
  • Program Developer
  • Systems Game Manager
  • Technical Game Designer
  • Mobile Application Developer

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into this program requires completion of four units of high school English and one unit of college preparatory high school algebra.

If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in your academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description:  This program contains courses which provide an emphasis on designing, creating and maintaining programs related to gaming, simulation and mobile applications. Courses provide instruction in game design and development using various languages and programming environments. The students will also experience writing programs for mobile applications using languages related to the newest cell phones on the market. Students will see the benefits of programming for training through applications for simulation. General education and business related courses provide the student with a perspective on the role of technology in today’s society. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester program, the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology-Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization* will be awarded.

Program Coordination: Some courses in the CSCs for Mobile Application Development and Software Development count towards the requirements of this degree.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 65

Length: 4 semesters (2 years), if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Career opportunities: Graduates may enter the job market immediately or increase their earning potential by transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s in information technology.

  • Software Developer: $52,000-63,204 Job growth: 17% from 2014 to 2024
  • Multimedia Artist or Animator: $38,520-65,300 Job growth: 6%
  • *Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2015.

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Implement information technology skills required by software
  2. Apply methodologies to stay current in IT offerings, trends, and certifications.
  3. Apply analytical and problem-solving skills for computer system designs, planning, and support.
  4. Design, code, test, debug, and document software needed for computer system implementation and maintenance.
  5. Apply current IT industry standards, protocols, and techniques.
  6. Use instructional applications and material which could lead to industry certifications.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester
AST 114 Keyboarding for Information Processing1 2 0 2 2
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3 0 3 3
ITP 100 Software Design 3 0 3 3
ITP 160 Intro to Game Design & Development 3 0 3 3
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning (or approved sub) 3 0 3 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
Total 15 0 15 15
Second Semester
ART 180 Intro to Computer Graphics (or approved sub) 3 0 3 3
ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3 0 3 3
ITP 136 C# Programming I 4 0 4 4
ITN 102 Intro to Networked Client OS (LAN) 3 2 5 4
ITP 165 Gaming and Simulation 3 0 3 3
Total 16 2 18 17
Third Semester
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3 3
ITP 120 Java Programming I 4 0 4 4
ITE 150 Desktop Database Software 4 0 4 4
HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective 0 2 2 1
HUM Humanities Elective 3 0 3 3
Total 14 2 16 15
Fourth Semester
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3 0 3 3
BUS 236 Communication in Management 3 0 3 3
ITD 120 Design Concepts for Mobile Apps 4 0 4 4
ITP 214 Windows Mobile Development 4 0 4 4
ITP 265 Application of Modeling & Simulation 4 0 4 4
Total 18 0 18 18