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2010-2011 General Catalog 
2010-2011 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Office Systems Support, AAS

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Program Director/Advisor: Dennis Garner
Location: Uintah Basin Regional Campus (Roosevelt)
Phone: (435) 722-1713
FAX: (435) 722-4889


This 2+2 program, offered only through Continuing Education, leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Office Systems Support (OSS). This degree is offered through the Center for Independent and Distance Learning (CIDL) at Continuing Education Centers located in Logan, Brigham City, Tooele, and the Uintah Basin. The OSS curriculum reflects the IS 2002 Model Curriculum for undergraduate programs developed by information systems professionals and educators. This degree is designed to prepare students for office positions using the latest office skills and the applications of computer technology for transmitting business information. Although the degree is a two-year program, students who take articulated classes, concurrent enrollment classes, or challenge tests can complete the degree in less than two years.

Admission Requirements

  1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  2. Transfer students from other institutions and from other USU majors need a 2.20 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

Degree Requirements

The OSS degree program is a blend of Office Systems Support courses and courses from other departments. Students begin by taking English, communications, mathematics, and microcomputer courses that provide knowledge and skills useful in everyday office work. In addition, they select a number of courses from those approved for University Studies. Classes in English; Sociology; Psychology; Family, Consumer, and Human Development; and Business Administration are recommended. Next, students learn advanced word processing and business correspondence skills needed in today’s offices. Students also learn about computers, accounting, and economics. After completing the prerequisite knowledge and skill courses, students are placed in internship positions for on the-job training.

In completing the minimum 65 credits required in the program, students will complete courses related to their major, such as accounting and information systems. They will also select courses of their own choice. The requirements for this program, including University Studies requirements, are summarized below. Students are urged to visit with their advisor on a regular basis about progress toward the completion of the program.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have been employed in various occupations, including Medicare specialist, senior administrative assistant, computer analyst, and as administrative assistants in legal, marketing, and accounting offices.

Academic Advisement

All students should contact their academic advisor for assistance with course selection, program planning, and meeting graduation requirements. If they do not know who their advisor is, students should contact the Continuing Education center through which they are completing their degree.

Graduation Requirements (65 credits)

All courses completed as part of this program may also be applied toward the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Some classes may have prerequisites. For further information, review this catalog.

University Studies Requirements (18-19 credits)

Computer and Information Literacy (CIL)

No specific course is required, but students must pass competency exams in computer and information literacy. See the General Education Requirements  section for more information. OSS 1400  is designed to prepare students for these competency exams.

Breadth Requirements (9 credits)

Two of the following three classes must have a USU prefix.

  • Breadth Humanities (BHU) course (USU 1320  recommended) 3
  • Breadth Life Sciences (BLS) course (USU 1350  recommended) 3
  • Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS) course (USU 1360  recommended) 3

Elective Requirements (4-5 credits)

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