Database Specialist (AAS)

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin and Henry Campuses
  • Major Code: DS13
  • Award Level: Degree
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 60

Program Description

The Database Specialist program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as database specialists.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Course Expiration:

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in Computer Information Systems, the following course must be taken five years prior to graduation:

  • All CIST
  • COMP 1000

Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.


First TermCOMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
CIST 1001Computer Concepts4
CIST 1200Database Management4
CIST 1305Program Design and Development3

Second TermCIST 1220Structured Query Language (SQL)4
CIST 2411Microsoft Client4
CIST 2414Microsoft Server Administrator4
Natural Sciences/Mathematics electiveChoose one: (Required)
MATH 1111, MATH 1100, MATH 1101, OR MATH 1103

Third TermENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric3
CIST 2921IT Analysis, Design, and Project Management4
Humanities/Fine Art electiveChoose one: (Required)3
HUM 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
General Core Elective: (Required)Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I,II,III, or IV3

Fourth TermCIST 2222Administering Microsoft SQL Server4

CIST 2361C++ Programming I OR
CIST 2371Java Programming I4

Social/Behavioral Sciences electiveChoose one: (Required)
ECON 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 21113
Specific Occupational elective3

Fifth TermCIST 2224Design and Implement Databases/MS SQL Server4

Specific Occupational ElectivesCIST 1130Operating Systems Concepts3
CIST 1401Computer Networking Fundamentals4
CIST 1510Web Development I3
CIST 1601Information Security Fundamentals3
CIST 2311Visual Basic I4
CIST 2351PHP Programming I4
CIST 2361C++ Programming I4
CIST 2371Java Programming I4
CIST 2412Microsoft Server Directory Services4

Note: Students are required to meet with their advisor for approval of occupational electives.

*Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Program Advisor
Caren Smith

Career and Academic Planning
Breanna Sidney
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107