Prepare for a career in information technology or computer technology: you’ll do that here.

The applied technology program is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS.) Traditionally, AAS degrees are technical in nature with some general education requirements. If your interest is in computer networks and telecommunication systems; computer numerical control; automated machine operations; computer animation and graphics; or multimedia, computer technology might be for you. Upon completion, the degree can transition into bachelor degrees.  

What You’ll Do  

You’ll become career-ready when you complete your Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology. 

  • Learn from incredible faculty with industry experience in the state-of-the-art Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic building. 
  • Gain practical skills and knowledge through the computer technology curriculum. 
  • Get real-world experience using our up-to-date software and through lab classes where you’ll use industrial equipment.

What Can You Do with an Applied Technology Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Associate of Applied Science to Bachelor of Science Options  

By working with an advisor, you can easily transition your AAS Applied Technology program into one of the following Bachelor of Science degree programs:  

  • Technology Management: Computer Network Systems Administration
  • Technology Management: Construction Management and Design
  • Technology Management: Industrial and Safety Management
  • Engineering Technology: Electrical and Automation Systems
  • Engineering Technology: Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • Production Specialist
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sales and Estimating
  • Production Technician
  • Line Supervisor
  • Network Technician
  • Draftsman

Applied Technology (AAS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $76k

    Network Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer network support specialist is $76,060. 

  • $90k

    Network System Administrator

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a network and computer system administrator is $90,520. 

  • $47k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a public safety telecommunicator is $46,900. 

What You’ll Study

Degree Map

In the applied technology degree, you’ll gain career-ready practical experience in a technology-based curriculum that can easily transition to a Bachelor of Science after completion of your AAS.

  • EN100 English Composition I (3)
  • IM300 Technical Communications (3)
  • IM301 Industrial Safety Supervision (3)
  • IM311 Statistical Process Control (3)
  • MN220 Engineering Economic Analysis (3)
  • PS103 U.S. Political Systems (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communications (3)
  • SC107 Online Oral Presentations (3)

Choose 3-5 hours:

  • MA115 Precalculus A with Integrated Review (5)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • CM260 Computer Methods of Const Managers (3)
  • CS101 Computer Science (3)
  • MN260 Technical Computer Programming (3)

Physical Science- Choose 8-10 hours of the following: **

  • CH180 Chemistry in our World (3)
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • PH106 Physical Concepts (3)
  • PH120 Introductory Physics I 5)
  • PH121 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • PH230 General Physics I (5)
  • PH231 General Physics II (5)

** Many programs require the 5-hour lab classes. Please work with an advisor to determine which are appropriate for you



  • Technical Elective Courses as Approved by the Advisor and Department (24)


  • CM126 Computer-Aided Architectural Drafting (3)
  • CM143 Construction Methods & Materials I (3)
  • CM226 Residential Architectural Drafting & Design (3)
  • CM243 Construction Methods and Materials II (3)
  • CM260 Computer Methods of Construction Managers (3)
  • CM310 Construction Building Codes (3)
  • CM320 Construction Cost Estimating (3)
  • CM330 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3)

Electrical Controls:

  • ET160 Basic Electrical Circuits (3)
  • ET164 AC Principles & Circuits (3)
  • ET245 Logic Circuits (3)
  • ET304 Programmable Logic Controllers (3)
  • MA117 Precalculus B (3)
  • MA140 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5)
  • TN255 Microcomputer Maintenance (3)

Industrial Supervision:

  • IM309 Science,Technology, and Society (3)
  • IM313 Facilities Planning (3)
  • IM411 Total Quality Assurance (3)
  • IM417 Manufacturing Resource Analysis (3)
  • IM419 Industrial Supervision (3)
  • MN120 Fundamentals of Engineering Design Processes (3)
  • MN170 Industrial Materials & Testing (3)
  • MN203 Industrial Materials & Process I (3)

Machining and Manufacturing:

  • ET160 Basic Electrical Circuits (3)
  • MA117 Precalculus B (3)
  • MA140 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5)
  • MN120 Fundamentals of Engineering Design Processes (3)
  • MN170 Industrial Materials & Testing (3)
  • MN203 Industrial Materials & Processes I (3)
  • MN221 Solid Modeling & Rapid Prototyping (3)


  • ET160 Basic Electrical Circuits (3)
  • ET245 Logic Circuits (3)
  • TN255 Microcomputer Maintenance & Troubleshooting (3)
  • TN275 Introduction to Networks (3)
  • TN295 Firewall Management (3)
  • TN375 Routing and Switching Essentials (3)
  • TN395 Server Maintenance & Troubleshooting (3)
  • TN435 Network Security (3)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

  • ET160 Basic Electrical Circuits (3)
  • ET245 Digital Systems (3)
  • ET380 Vision & Sensor Systems (3)
  • ET381 Fundamentals of Aviation in UAS (3)
  • ET382 UAS Fundamentals (3)
  • ET385 UAS Mission Planning & Applications (3)
  • MN120 Fundamentals of Engineering Design Processes (3)
  • TN255 Microcomputer Maintenance & Troubleshooting (3)

First Year

Fall Semester (14-16 hours)
  • EN100 (3)
  • MA115/116 (3-5)
  • Physical Science Lab (5)
  • Track Course 1 (3)
Spring Semester (15-17 hours)
  • CM260/CS101/MN260 (3)
  • IM301 (3)
  • Physical Science (3-5)
  • Track Course 2 (3)
  • Track Course 3 (3)

Second Year

Fall Semester (15 hours)
  • IM311 (3)
  • MN220 (3)
  • Track Course 4 (3)
  • Track Course 5 (3)
  • Track Course 6 (3)
Spring Semester (15 hours)
  • IM300 (3)
  • PS103 (3)
  • SC105/SC107 (3)
  • Track Course 7 (3)
  • Track Course 8 (3)

Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements (i.e., minimum GPA and course work) for your program of study.

*Many major courses are on a set rotation and dependent on when prerequisites are completed. The actual semester a course is taken may vary based on the rotation.

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