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Information Systems Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Information technology is the largest of any computer-related industry, employing more than 1.5 million people in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology will give you the education necessary to stay in step with today’s workplace. TCC’s instructors are industry professionals who can give you the real-world experience you will need. 

Choose an AAS specialization or a Career Studies Certificate from the following areas:

Your specialization will be enriched with additional general education and fundamental IT computer courses, giving you a comprehensive foundation that translates into a wider range of knowledge and increased employability.

If you’re not ready to pursue the associate degree, all of the credits you earn in TCC’s three-semester Certificate in Information Systems Technology and IT career studies certificates apply toward the associate degree.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work for this program will prepare you for several industry exams, including CompTIA Network+ and Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3).

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
66 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology is not considered a transfer program, graduates may transfer into such programs as Old Dominion University’s bachelor’s in occupational and technical studies or Strayer University’s bachelor’s in information systems.

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Graduates are also prepared to start or advance in their IT careers.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have basic computing knowledge
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy problem-solving and challenges
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Challenge exams in computer applications and concepts, Internet, networking, operating systems, hardware and troubleshooting, UNIX, and software design give you credit for what you already know

Most specialization areas feature vendor-specific and vendor-neutral certifications

Students are eligible for free Microsoft software thanks to TCC’s membership in the Microsoft Developers’ Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $72,010*


An associate degree was all Amanda Mills needed to land her dream job

Continuing education

TCC's Center for Workforce Solutions offers noncredit courses in IT that you can complete in just weeks

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.