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:

  1. Integrate fundamental networking concepts involved in network architecture and design.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to computers.
  3. Demonstrate operational knowledge of common types of software applications which are generally used on an information network or the internet.
  4. Maintain an information network.
  5. Incorporate security concepts and practices within an information network.
  6. Integrate management and organizational concepts required to be a responsible member or leader in a team environment or as a business owner.
  7. 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                                   


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 Operator

Broad 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

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

Student Net Price Calculator 20 U.S.C. 1015a(a); 20 U.S.C. 1015a(h); DCL GEN 08-12, page 33

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. 



Retention Rates 34 CFR 668.41 and Graduation Rates

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