Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Credit Hours Required: 63
The Computer Systems Technology (CST) program is designed to prepare students to enter into the information systems field. Career skills developed within this curriculum include: computer technician, network designer, network technician, and network administrator. These skills should enable a graduate of this program to manage a small technology department or work as an independent contractor. Furthermore, the curriculum is designed to help students prepare to obtain nationally recognized certifications such as the CCNA, Network +, and A+.

Program Outcomes:

A. Integrate fundamental networking concepts involved in network architecture and design.
B. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to computers.
C. Demonstrate operational knowledge of common types of software applications which are generally used on an information network or the internet.
D. Maintain an information network.
E. Incorporate security concepts and practices within an information network.
F. Integrate management and organizational concepts required to be a responsible member or leader in a team environment or as a business owner.
G. Exhibit critical thinking competencies in their work.
Required Professional Courses 26
BUS 120 Introduction to Business 3
CST 151 Network Design 3
CST 152 Network Design Lab 1
CST 221 Computer Hardware & Troubleshooting 3
CST 231 Operating Systems 3
CST 232 Network Operating Systems 3
CST 263 Database Management & Design 3
CST 266 Principles of Information Security 3
CST 210 Desktop Publishing/Graphics 3
CST 297 Information Technology Internship 1
Electives 12
Students are required to complete 12 semester hours of elective CST or Business courses. These courses must be chosen with permission of the advisor.
General Education Requirements 25
Please refer back to page 39 of the catalog for a full description of each of these General Education requirements.
English/Communications 6
Math/Computer Science 6
Dakota Studies 6
General Education 7
Students that come into the program prepared to take 100 level classes, can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) and one summer if taking 15 credits each semester. If a student takes 12 credits, minimum for full-time, the program can be completed in 2.5 years (5 semesters) and one summer.
Computer Systems Instructor: Lori Zimprich
Cost to complete the program within normal time (15 credits per semester):
(Based on five semesters)

Tuition $ 7,875
Registration Fee 250
Lab Fee $50 (per lab class) 500
Library Usage/Email Account Fee 150
Building Usage Fee 125
Technical Fee 450
Books and Supplies (estimate) 3,000
Graduation Fee 40
Activity Fee 150
Total $12,540*


* SWC does not participate in any type of loan program.

There is a classroom equipped with computers and special software for this program. There are several classrooms equipped with computers available for student use.

Due to the program size SWC does not publish graduation rates in order to protect the privacy of the students.

34 CFR 668.6(b) The name and U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification code of the occupations that the program prepares the student to enter along with links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET web site or its successor site.
43-9011 Computer Operators
Monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment to process business, scientific, engineering, and other data according to operating instructions. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices. Excludes "Computer Occupations" (15-1100) and "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).
Illustrative examples: Computer Peripheral Equipment Operator, Console OperatorBroad Occupation: 43-9010 Computer Operators 
Minor Group: 43-9000 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 
Major Group: 43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 

O*NET link for Computer Systems Tech



Transfer Information – 34 CFR 668.43

Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure ( 34 CFR 668.41(a) –(d); 34 CFR 668.43 )

Names of associations, agencies, or governmental bodies that accredit,approve, or license the school and its programs.
Procedures for obtaining or reviewing documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing. 

Academic and Financial Aid Appeal 2017 34 CFR 668.41 (a)-(d), 34 CFR 668.42, 34 CFR 668.43

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)

Retention Rates 34 CFR 668.41 and Graduation Rates

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