Houston Community College’s Computer Programming offers Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and certificates that help students develop the knowledge, communication and creative skills, critical thinking, and technical competencies required in the modern workplace.

Degrees and Certificates

Applications Development-Microsoft C++ Specialization - AAS

Applications Development - Microsoft C# Specialization - AAS

Applications Development-Java Specialization - AAS

Associate of Science in Computer Science - AS

Associate of Arts in Computer Information Systems - AA

Program Information

General Requirements


General Requirements - AAS

This option is best suited for persons who want to focus on software analysis, development, and implementation. It prepares Information Technology (IT) students and professionals in developing software products and services for industry and government through software analysis, design, and architecture; system verification; data storage and retrieval.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Computer Programming-Applications Development. Students may choose from one of the following specializations: Microsoft C#, Java, or Database Administration.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

General Requirements - AA, AS

To be eligible for an Associate in  Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.

A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree.  These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
  • All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
  • Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
  • If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
  • Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type.  Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
  • Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
  • All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment.

Program Outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of programming, including those of algorithm analysis, software design, operating systems, and database.
  • Design and write computer programs that are correct, simple, clear, efficient, well organized, and well documented.
  • Know and be able to apply important data structures and algorithms.
  • Identify the hardware and software aspects of computer systems that support application software development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of technology applicable to the field, and a proficiency in appropriate software.



There are 4,930 Computer Programmers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 5.8% over the next four years.