2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Software Specialist Associate of Science

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The Software Specialist program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a knowledge worker in the technical work environment using industry-standard software packages. The program focuses on the most popular Microsoft 365 applications. A student should be able to obtain work as a computer support specialist or help in obtaining numerous office administrator roles.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate key skills for employment using industry-standard software.
  • Apply skills in a broad range of media appropriate for a diverse population of technical students.
  • Use job skills in technical professional business environments.


Course ID Title Units
CIM 1  or Computer Information Systems 4
CIM 112   Microsoft Office 3
CIMA 102   Word Processing - Word 3
CIMA 104  Spreadsheets - Excel 3
CIMA 106  or Database- Access 3
CIMW 105   Web Development and DB – Intro SQL and MySQL 3
CIMA 108   Business Presentations - Powerpoint 3
   Select from Restricted Electives 3



CIM 10   Introduction to Information Systems 3
CIM 121A   Keyboarding for Computers - Beginning 1.5
CIM 121B  * Keyboarding for Computers - Intermediate 1.5
CIM 121C  * Keyboarding for Computers - Advanced 1.5
CIMW 134   Web Digital Media- Photoshop and Intro to Video Editing 3
CIMA 204   Advanced Spreadsheets - Excel 3
CIMA 212   Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 3
CIMA 223A  * Computerized Accounting - Quickbooks-Beginning 1.5
CIMA 223B  * Computerized Accounting - Quickbooks-Advanced 1.5
CIMN 100   Computer Operating Systems- Windows 3
CIMN 130   Computer Operating Systems - Unix and Linux 3
CIMW 207   Social Media & Web Fundamentals 1.5
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.


Associate of Science Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements and to the Associate Degree – General Education Requirements in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements.

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