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.
Acquire in-demand tech skills at ACC
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 as well.
ACC offers more affordable tuition, smaller class sizes, up-to-date equipment, faculty with industry experience, flexible schedules, and convenient locations.
ACC offers options
Start your four-year degree or prepare to enter the workforce
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
Prefer a supportive classroom environment?
Two specialized support programs are available
Interested in a cutting-edge career?
Check out these exciting new programs
Skills needed to excel
Are you able to use critical thinking to solve problems? Can you break things down to small steps in order to find a solution?
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?
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?
Passion for tech
Are you obsessed with technology? Do you spend your free time gaming, building apps, helping your less techie friends?
Can you work with others to solve problems? Are you open to other people’s suggestions to work toward the best solution?
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?
Do you notice details that other’s miss? Do you spot visual inconsistencies and spelling errors without even trying?
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
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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.
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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.