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Field of Study: Computer Systems Technology

Introduction

Computer systems technology programs prepare students to help people who use computer systems.

 

Overview

Computer systems technology programs include topics such as:

  • Basic computer design and architecture
  • Computer programming
  • Component and system maintenance
  • Inspection procedures
  • Hardware and software problem diagnosis

Schools
Many community colleges and 2-year schools offer associate degree programs in computer systems technology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in computer systems technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in computer systems technology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

 

College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Introduction to Business
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • English Composition

 

Typical course work

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • College Algebra
  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • English Composition
  • Installing and Administering Windows
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Microcomputer Hardware Maintenance
  • Network Cabling and Routing
  • Network Security and Troubleshooting

 

Things to know

Most computer systems jobs require writing and clear communication. Taking writing and public speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Consider taking some business courses. In this field you will work with people in all areas of a business. You can be more successful if you understand how they use their computers to do their jobs.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

 

Resources

The Advanced Computing Systems Association
https://www.usenix.org/
Select "Students" from the top menu bar.

Association for Computing Machinery
http://www.acm.org/

IEEE Computer Society
http://www.computer.org

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

Anoka Technical College , Located in Metro
Anoka Technical College - Online , Located in Metro
Capella University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Center for Professional Development - Edina, Located in Metro
Central Lakes College - Brainerd , Located in Northwest
Central Lakes College - Online - Brainerd, Located in Northwest
Central Lakes College - Staples , Located in Northwest
Century College - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
Century College - Online - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
DeVry University - Edina , Located in Metro
Excel College - Edina, Located in Metro
Herzing University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Lake Superior College - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Lake Superior College - Online - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Online - Perham, Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena , Located in Northwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Canby , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Jackson , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Online - Worthington, Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Pipestone , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Worthington , Located in Southwest
National American University - Bloomington , Located in Metro
National American University - Brooklyn Center , Located in Metro
National American University - Burnsville , Located in Metro
National American University - Minnetonka , Located in Metro
National American University - Rochester , Located in Southeast
National American University - Roseville , Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Bloomington, Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Online - Bloomington, Located in Metro
Ridgewater College - Hutchinson , Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Online - Hutchinson, Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Willmar , Located in Central
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Austin , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Online - Austin, Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Owatonna , Located in Southeast
University of Phoenix Minneapolis/St.Paul Campus - St. Louis Park, Located in Metro
University of St. Thomas - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Walden University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro