Computer Science

Plan to transfer to a 4-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree? Check out ACC’s Computer Science transfer degree options.

Computer Information Technology

Want to earn a certificate or degree and start your IT career? Explore ACC’s eight Computer Information Technology tracks.

Computer Science and Computer Information Technology at ACC

Consider a Career in Technology

There are many exciting career options in the fields of Computer Science and Information Technology, such as computer programming, game programming, network administration, software testing, database administration, website development, and computer user support. Jobs in these fields are often listed in the Austin Chamber of Commerce Job Posting Report as most in demand, but difficult to fill positions in the Austin area.

Programs that meet industry needs

Austin Community College regularly meets with technology employers in Austin and the surrounding communities to develop targeted programs that match industry needs. As opportunities in computing and information technology continue to grow, ACC’s programs evolve.

High-quality, affordable, and convenient

Austin Community College offers more affordable tuition and faculty with industry experience. Enjoy smaller class sizes, up-to-date equipment, flexible schedules, and convenient locations. Gain real-life experience through an internship with one of our many community and industry partners. We’re here to support you on your path to a Computer Science and Information Technology career!

Departmental Advising

Get advised anytime. We want to support you from your first semester to graduation! Call or email to set up a time to meet with an advisor.

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Internships

Community and industry partners offer valuable internships opportunities to our CSIT students.

View Fall 2018 internship partners

ACC offers options

Start your four-year degree or prepare to enter the workforce

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Transfer Degrees

Save money and earn your Associate of Science degree (AS) in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems at ACC before transferring to a 4-year institution

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Texas Affordable Baccalaureate

Earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Technology degree (BAT) in Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) at South Texas College. Online, competency-based, low cost.

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Workforce Certificates & Degrees

Earn a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) through one of eight IT career tracks in Computer Information Technology. Enter the workforce in as little as three semesters

Want to get your degree or certificate faster?

These competency-based online accelerated programs are a great option

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Accelerated Programmer Training (APT)

Online, competency-based courses allow students the flexibility to study at their own pace and accelerate to an IT career quickly.

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Women in IT (WIT)

A flexible, supportive, empowering program designed to help women who are pursuing a career in Information Technology.

Prefer a supportive classroom environment?

Two specialized support programs are available

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Career ACCelerator

ACC and Capital IDEA partner to help hard-working, low-income adults, with financial assistance for tuition, books, and childcare. Qualified students earn an IT certificate in one year and obtain valuable work experience through a paid internship

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Information Technology Institute (ITI)

New program starting Fall 2018. Earn your Networking certificate in one year. Features back-to-back, afternoon courses, eight-week sessions, two classes each session, one campus. Enjoy peer support and gain valuable work experience as an intern

Interested in a cutting-edge career?

Check out these exciting new programs

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App Development: Coding & Design

Apple application development is in-demand. This program prepares students for entry-level jobs as Swift App Developers.

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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity analysts protect a company’s valuable data and network from attack and unauthorized access. Degree coming soon!

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Data Science

Data Scientists transform massive amounts of data into actionable business intelligence. Certificate coming soon!

Skills needed to excel

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Analytical skills

Are you able to use critical thinking to solve problems? Can you break things down to small steps in order to find a solution?

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Meet deadlines

Does meeting a deadline pose a challenge you can’t ignore? Do you pride yourself on your ability to plan and use your time wisely?

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Grace under fire

When others are losing their cool, are you the one who can keep their head? Are you able to stay calm when the pressure is on?

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Passion for tech

Are you obsessed with technology? Do you spend your free time gaming, building apps, helping your less techie friends?

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Team player

Can you work with others to solve problems? Are you open to other people’s suggestions to work toward the best solution?

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Stays on task

Do you approach a challenge as if it were a puzzle? Can you focus for hours, determined to find a solution to the problem?

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Detail oriented

Do you notice details that other’s miss? Do you spot visual inconsistencies and spelling errors without even trying?

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Adapt to change

Does the idea of change make you excited for a new challenge? Does the thought of doing the same thing for years terrify you?

I felt like my professors truly understood what they were teaching us. I had many professors [at ACC] who had 20+ years of experience in their fields and were able to offer real-world examples and solutions to different problems we faced, along with career advice that I have taken to heart.

Claire, ACC student

Majoring in LAN System Administration & LAN System Security

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How long have you been at ACC?
I have been a student with ACC since 2012 when I was taking classes while I was in high school. I have been a full-time student perusing my degrees here since the fall of 2016.

What degree are you pursuing?
I am currently pursuing two degrees at ACC, the CIS AAS in LAN System Administration, and the CIS AAS in LAN System Security. I will graduate in the spring of 2018 with both degrees, and I could not be happier with how my advisors helped me to achieve this goal.

What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on continuing my education with UNT. In the spring 2018 semester, I started my Bachelors in Information Technology through their online school. I plan to attend full time after I graduate from ACC. After that I would like to work as a system administrator here in Austin, using what I have learned here at ACC.

What obstacles did you have to overcome while pursuing your degree?
One of the largest obstacles I have faced while at ACC was working while I was a student full time. I am fortunate enough to be able to work in the IT field while I pursue an IT degree, but it could be stressful at times. I am very thankful for how forgiving and understanding my professors have been throughout the course of my degree. Without them, I would not be able to graduate on time.

What is your best advice for someone considering enrolling in Computer Science & Information Technology?
I would say to enroll as soon as you can! This program is a growing one, in a growing field, in a growing city. What you will learn here will be applicable to almost every computer-based career, which spans over 50 different types of jobs in a field that is growing substantially every year. I suggest you get started with classes that pique your interest and choose a degree in Computer Science & Technology that lines up with what you enjoy.

What are some of your hobbies?
Other than computer-based hobbies such as gaming and design, I love to read and be musical! Whether that be listening to music, or playing my clarinet, being musical scratches an itch that sometimes using a computer just doesn’t itch. Reading is a great way to enjoy a more creative side of me as well and can keep me from always being in a technical mindset, which can be tiring.

Can you tell us anything else that is unique about your experience at ACC?
One of the most unique things about my time at ACC are the professors I have had the privilege to learn under. I was previously enrolled at a large state university, and while some professors did make an effort to know me, most of the time I felt like a single person in a sea of students. Here at ACC, I feel like I am my own individual, who can form a bond with almost every professor that I have had, especially in this degree program. Professors like Dr. Macleod and Professor Wade both create a rapport with almost every student that comes through their classroom doors, and that is something that has resonated with me during my time here. Along with this feeling of camaraderie with my professors and fellow students, I felt like my professors truly understood what they were teaching us. I had many professors who had 20+ years of experience in their fields and were able to offer real-world examples and solutions to different problems we faced, along with career advice that I have taken to heart. My time at ACC has been spent making friends I will not forget and learning from some of the most personal and compassionate professors I will ever have.

Computer Science & Information Technology Departmental Advising

Did you know that in addition to your ACC Area of Study advisor, you also have access to on-going departmental advising?

Ask a question, explore your options, or check in to make sure you're on track.
Schedule an advising session today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are courses available at all campuses?

Introductory courses in Computer Science and Computer Information Technology are offered at most campuses. Check the ACC online course schedule for specific course locations.

How do I choose a career path?

There are many Computer Science and Computer Information Technology programs, so how do you choose? Attend an Area of Study information session, check out the different career tracks on the CIT page and watch the videos or meet with an advisor. We want to help you find the educational track that is right for you.

I work full-time. Can I get a degree online or on the weekends?

Many of our students are working adults and work toward their degrees around their work schedules. There are online courses, evening courses and some weekend courses. We even have specialty programs that offer accelerated courses or supportive services to help you reach your educational goals, leading to a career in IT.

Do I need a laptop?

Having a laptop is not required but is recommended. Our students have had success with even inexpensive models but if that’s not an option, computers are available in the Computer Science and Information Technology labs. In addition, the ACCelerator, a 600+ computer learning lab at Highland Campus is also available. Ask your instructor or lab tutors for recommendations on laptop specs.

How quickly can I get into the workforce?

Want to enter the workforce quickly? A Computer Information Technology marketable skills award can be earned in one semester as a full-time student. Certificates can be earned in as little as two semesters and an associate degree in two years as a full-time student. Check out the Computer Programming track as an example.

What's the difference between Computer Science and Computer Information Technology?

Computer Science degrees at ACC are designed to get you on your way to a four-year bachelor degree in Computer Science.

The Computer Information Technology degrees and certificates are designed to prepare you to move into an IT career upon completion, however, there are also opportunities to transfer from some CIT programs. Check with your advisor or the transfer office for more information.