Program: Computer Technology


Computer Technology

Computer Technology forms the technological infrastructure of modern commerce. It’s the driving force of every industry and permeates everyday life. The ability to combine the power of computing with the management of multimedia information is arguably the key to obtaining ascendancy in any field. Computer Technology is an ever-evolving, expanding field. The Computer Technology program will provide you with the background, knowledge, and skills you’ll need to adapt to the dynamic nature of the marketplace. 

Computer Technology, Program Brochure

  • Start your career in a variety of computer technology-related fields.
  • The varied array of courses in the program leads to a wide variety of fields including, hardware technician, programming, computer administration, website development, and more!
  • Entry-level salaries starting at $40K+.

Degrees & Certificates

Computer Technology (AS + Cert)

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by the Computer Technology Program.

Associate in Science (AS), Computer Technology 

Plan Code: 2126 – This degree is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of computer-related fields. Students wishing a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor to discuss how this program fully articulates with Cal State Dominquez Hills’ Computer Technology Program.


  • Prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.
  • Provide educational and career opportunities in the computer technology field.

Certificate of Achievement, Computer Technology

Plan Code: 3126 – The Certificate of Achievement in Computer Technology is designed to provide students with a broad base of software development skills to prepare them for software engineering and web-development careers. Students gain practical skills in Java and Visual Basic programming and the development of dynamic web services. Students will also study software design, computer usage and computer hardware to ensure broad-based competencies.

Course Offerings

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Course Name Fall Winter Spring Summer

Critical Thinking Using Computers

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Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications

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Computer Hardware Fundamentals

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Programming Concepts & Methodologies

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Visual BASIC Programming

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Front End Website Development

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CS 21
Introduction to Computer Science – Java

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Precalculus Math

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Elementary Statistics

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Course Descriptions


What will I learn in this program?

Students learn the skills they need to get entry-level jobs in a wide variety of fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Hardware technician
  • Programming
  • Computer administration
  • Web site development

What classes should I take to get started?

In your first semester, you should take the following courses.

Course Number Course Name Notes
COSA 50 Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications Recommended Preparation: COSA 1
COSA 2 Critical Thinking Using Computers  
STAT 1 Elementary Statistics  

What specific computer technology courses are required for degrees & certificates in Computer technology?

Course Number Course Name Notes
COSA 50 Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications Recommended Preparation: COSA 1
COSN 5 Computer Hardware Fundamentals Recommended Preparation: COSA 50

If you pass both COSA 50 and COSN 5, you are also qualified to apply for a Certificate of Accomplishment, Computer Hardware Technician.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

What certifications does this program prepare me for?

Not all our classes map directly to a certificate or an industry certification but several of our classes do. Here’s a partial list:

Coure Number/Name Certifications
Inroduction to IT Concepts & Applications
Microsoft Office Specialist Access & Excel
Computer Hardware Fundamentals
CompTIA A+
Computer and Information Competency
LBCC Certificate of Accomplishment in Business Digital Literacy

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester, and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work-Study information.

How to transfer and lookup comparable listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.