A.A.S. - Occupational Degree
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This degree focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, and applications to a variety of database situations, preparing the student for jobs, such as Research Analyst, Information Specialist, Clinical Informatics, Technical Support Engineer, and Business Systems Analyst. The education and training will allow the students to enter the field at the entry-level position and, in some cases, mid-level positions in the field.
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in Informatics that will prepare them for careers supporting scientific research through interfacing devices and providing database management of research materials and data. This major would be tied to an appropriate minor to give background for the specific field supported. They will also demonstrate critical thinking skills in AWC's General Education focus areas.
- Working knowledge of GUI design and human computer interaction with computing devices.
- Knowledge of different operating systems and their architecture and functionality.
- Knowledge of Computer security and the implementation of computer security tools.
- Working knowledge of website design and the various website design tools.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to use networks effectively in business in correlation with designing and maintaining networks.
- Create programs from either logical representations or information directly obtained from users using a modern programming language.
- Working knowledge of artificial intelligence and the implementation of artificial intelligence in real world scenarios.
- Maintain a modern small business computer, including repairs, upgrades and installations.
- Create data stores from either logical representations or information directly obtained from user database usage.
- The Major targets are appropriate for informatics minors in the chosen Informatics discipline. Students will also demonstrate critical thinking skills in AWC’s general education focus areas.
The Informatics program includes numerous student support systems that enable students to be successful throughout their course of study. Our Informatics program provides instructional support for class work and lab projects. At the San Luis Technology Institute, Technology Assistants, and Peer Mentors are available to assist students with whatever they need during both daytime and evening hours. Informatics professors are available and are always willing and eager to assist students with the support they need to succeed in the Informatics Program.
The Student Success Center at the San Luis Learning Center offers: Lab Technicians available in the computer lab to assist with technology issues, a referral process for access to a tutor when needed, as well as an Academic Advisor to assist with following the pathway to completion.
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona (UArizona) offers the final three semesters needed to complete the BAS degree in Applied Computing in this seamless pathway. A professor of Applied Computing from the University of Arizona is assigned to work full time in South Yuma County (SYC) to provide courses for the completion of the Bachelor's degree. Courses will be offered in a variety of modalities, from face-to-face, hybrid, ZOOM, and online. Some classes are also available at the Yuma campus.
An advisor from UArizona is available at the SYC location to help with the transition process to enroll students at UArizona to complete their course of study. Additionally, the Yuma area UArizona Regional Academic Program Coordinator is available to answer questions pertaining to UArizona programs, processes and procedures.
The Informatics degree /Applied Computing degree pathway from AAS degree at Arizona Western College to a BAS in Applied Computing from UArizona has been developed at Arizona Western College due to the INSTINCT2 Federal Department of Education HSI STEM grant award. Follow the link to find more information about the INSTICT2 grant.