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Information Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science with 60 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education are required
    • Students must choose to concentrate in 1 of 4 sub-plans:
      • Web Design/Computer Support
      • Transfer
      • Transfer for Valley City State University bachelors
      • Office Technologies (offered at Grand Forks AFB only)
  • Offered at Devils Lake Campus, Online-Learning and Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

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The Information Technology program at Lake Region State College prepares students for exciting, ever-changing job opportunities. IT is the driving force of business, education, entertainment, health care and government. IT is all about combining the power of computing with the study of managerial know-how and social issues to effectively solve current problems.

Students will be prepared for information-oriented office environments and learn a variety of computer application software. Lake Region gives students access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to prepare them for industry required certification tests available on the Lake Region State College campus.

When pursuing the Associate in Applied Science for Information Technology, students must choose to concentrate in 1 or 4 sub-plans which includes: Web Design/Computer Support, Transfer, Transfer for Valley City State University, or Office Technologies which is offered at the Grand Forks AFB only.

Students are expected to have:

  • Basic Windows skills or complete CIS 162, Operating Systems
  • Type approximately 35 words or take a basic keyboarding class in preparation

As a graduate of the Information Technology program, students will be able to:

  • Perform network management activities and work with communications, protocols, security and directory structures.
  • Understand the role of information systems within a business organization.
  • Use advanced features of application software.
  • Utilize advanced functions and features of various application software.

Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

BADM 291 Career Seminar 1
CIS 104 Microcomputer Database 3
CIS 128 Microcomputer Hardware I 3
CIS 129 Microcomputer Hardware II 3
CIS 164 Devils Lake Campus: Networking Fundamentals I or
CIS 227 Grand Forks AFB: Communications 3
CIS 202 Advanced Software Applications 3
CIS 220 Operating Systems - Unix 3
CIS 255 Computer and Network Security 3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CSCI 122 Beginning Basic / Visual Basic 3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ENGL 120 College Composition II or
ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
*General Education Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 6
*General Education Physical Education (HPER) 2
*Sub-plans Web Design/Computer Support, Transfer, or Office Technologies (GFAFB only) 12



Sub-plan 1: Web Design/Computer Support
ART 212 Principles of Graphic Design 3
CIS 165 Networking Fundamentals II 3
CIS 180 Creating Web Pages I 3
CIS 181 Creating Web Pages II 3
CIS 211 Website Plan and Design 3
CIS 224 Networking 3
CIS 233 Vector Images/Web Animation 3
CIS 243 Networking II 3
CIS 267 Intermediate Networking I 3
CIS 268 Intermediate Networking II 3
Sub-plan 2: Transfer
CSCI 124 Beginning C++/Visual C++ 3
CSCI 160 Computer Science I 3
CSCI 161 Computer Science II 3
CSCI 172 Intermediate Basic/Visual Basic 3
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
Sub-plan 3: Transfer for VCSU bachelors
CIS 105 Microcomputer Spreadsheet 3
CIS 229 Information Systems Management 3
CIS 269 Enterprise Systems 3
CIS 281 Project Management 3
Sub-plan 4: Office Technologies (GFAFB Only)
BOTE 147 Word Processing 3
BOTE 218 Desktop Publishing 3
CIS 105 Spreadsheet 3
CIS 130 Presentations 3
CIS 161 Operating Systems: DOS 2
CIS 162 Operating Systems: Windows 2
CIS 224 Networking 3
CIS 243 Networking II 3
CSCI 124 Beginning C++/Visual C++ 3
CSCI 160 Computer Science I 3
CSCI 161 Computer Science II 3
CSCI 172 Intermediate/Visual Basic 3

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems: Valley City State University, offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. If interested in pursuing this program, students are urged receive their Associate in Science (AS) transfer degree, along with their AAS degree in Information Technology and follow sub-plan 3 for Valley City State University's BS in CIS.

"Transfer Friendly"

Universities throughout the country are "transfer friendly". It is not uncommon for the AA and AS degrees to be accepted as a block of study in place of specific first and second year course requirements. All first and second year (100 and 200 level) education courses have common names and numbers throughout the North Dakota University System, eliminating the chance of confusion about course equivalence.

Course Planning

Students with the expectation of entering a baccalaureate college should consult the catalog of the degree-granting college and should examine the prerequisites in the fields in which they are interested. Students should confer with their advisor and plan their entire community college courses early in their college career. Students working toward an Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree who do not intend to transfer their credits to another college may select electives from any department provided they meet Lake Region State College requirements.

The Lake Region State College Catalog contains curriculum which attempt to meet the requirements of many different baccalaureate colleges. The curricula are aids in planning your program. In many instances, substitutions or changes may be made, depending upon the needs and background of the student and the specific requirements of the baccalaureate college to which the student intends to transfer. Check with Student Services for specific Articulation Agreements with the four-year college.

General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA)

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) was developed to assist students who transfer within NDUS. This agreement states that students who complete their general education coursework at any NDUS institution will be deemed to have completed their general education requirements at any other NDUS institution.

The GERTAs are published in a document called the GERTA Gold and Silver Guide. Students who plan to transfer within the NDUS are encouraged to reference this guide, which can be found on the NDUS website at

Needed: Computer Support Specialists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:  Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called technical support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called help-desk technicians, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.

Job Outlook, 2010-2020: 18%
Median Pay 2010: $46,260
Entry Level Education: Some college

Want a job that pays 60% more than the average in North Dakota?  IT is for you!

Learn more about IT as a career -- Without IT, we wouldn't have fun stuff like computers, cell phones, video games and iPods... Without IT... 

North Dakota's IT industry...

  • Has an average wage 60% higher than the state average
  • Has tripled the national job growth rate since 2003
  • Will hire 2,000+ workers over the next decade
  • Is important to all industries

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