2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Management and Analytics (AAS) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, work with the CIS/CNE Navigator to select the appropriate replacement. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science Database Management and Design, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements.

Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Field Entry Certification Opportunities

To enhance your employability consider completing IIBA ECBA Certification, Azure Fundamentals Certification AZ-900, Azure Data Fundamentals Certification DP-900, and Power BI Data Analyst Associate Certification.  Please talk with an advisor for more information.

Action Item: Meet with CIS faculty and/or STEM advisor  

Discuss career goals, and interests to customize your education plan. Select courses in one or more of the following areas Data Analytics & Cloud, Application Development and Network Cybersecurity. 

Use your Success Network (in Starfish)!  Access your Degree Planner in Starfish, visit your career and transfer path, adjust your goals as needed, and plan your next steps.  

CIP Code: 11.0802

ctcLink Plan Code: DWDMDAPT

Total Credits: 93-108

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.

2. Communications

Complete TWO English Communication courses.

  • Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and communicate clearly using standard English. 


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 


  • AND


  • Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and create technical documentation readable by project stakeholders.

3. Math Requirement

Note: The math course you select will depend on the 4-year transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance 

Choose ONE Math course.  If you take Data Analytics programming courses, Math &146 is a required prerequisite. 

4. Human Relations Requirement

Choose ONE Human Relations course to satisfy Pierce professional/technical program requirements. These courses teach human relations skills needed to navigate the modern workplace. 

5. Humanities / Social Sciences / Natural Sciences Transfer Suggestion

Work with your advisor to decide which courses to take based on the 4-year transfer institution/degree you choose. 

The courses suggested below are required BAS bridging courses for the Bellevue BAS program(s). Work with your advisor to choose courses from the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences suggestions in the subgroups below. 


       Course Purpose: Humanities study aspects of human society and culture.  Fulfills the general education requirements for transfer to BAS degrees. : 

Action Item: Item 6-8 below

Course(s) completed over FIVE years prior to graduation will not count towards an AAS.  Outdated tech courses may need to be retaken to meet current technology and certification requirements.  Please meet with your advisor to discuss any course retakes. 

6. Core IT Courses

Complete all FIVE courses in this series of Core IT courses

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.

7. Focus Areas

Choose 10-15 credits from Focus Area 1, Focus Area 2 and Focus Area 3 for a well-rounded IT preparation  


Choose 40 credits in a Focus Area of your choice 


Transfer Note: Consult your advisor if transferring to Green River’s Bachelors of Applied Science i.e. BAS Information Technology – Software Development, as it requires the following courses: 

CIS 215 – Intro to Web Development OR CIS 124 – Intro to JavaScript (Focus Area 2),  

CIS 261 – SQL Programming I (Focus Area 1),  

CIS 123 – Intro to OOP OR CS&141 – Computer Science I (Focus Area 2) 

CS&202 – Computer Science II (Focus Area 2) 


Focus Area 1- Data Analytics & Cloud

Choose 10-15 credits in this focus area

8. Internship

  • Course purpose: You will gain relevant experience working in a local business environment. This requires 150 hours of supervised work including associated resume preparation, job interviews and internship documentation. 

Action Item: Certification Exams

Please complete certification exam(s) (ex. IIBA ECBA Business Analyst, Microsoft Data Analyst Associate, Azure Data Fundamentals, CompTIA certifications) and begin post-graduation job search and placement. 

Action Item: Transfer Advising

Please meet with your advisor to discuss transfer and bridge courses to 4-year Bachelor and related degrees. 

Total Credits: 93-108

CIP Code: 11.0802

ctcLink Plan Code: DWDMDAPT