Information technology provides systematic foundations that include methodologies and models for conceptualizing the complex dynamics of the Information Technology environment as it applies to information systems design and implementation.

IT professionals possess the right combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to take care of both an organization’s information technology infrastructure and the people who use it. They assume responsibility for selecting hardware and software products appropriate for an organization. They integrate those products with organizational needs and infrastructure, and install, customize and maintain those applications, thereby providing a secure and effective environment that supports the activities of the organization’s computer users. In IT, programming often involves writing short programs that typically connect existing components (scripting).

Planning and managing an organization’s IT infrastructure is a difficult and complex job that requires a solid foundation in applied computing as well as management and people skills. Those in the IT discipline require special skills – in understanding, for example, how networked systems are composed and structured, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. There are important software systems concerns such as reliability, security, usability, and effectiveness and efficiency for their intended purpose; all of these concerns are vital. These topics are difficult and intellectually demanding.

The program supports work processes and employee performance enhancements; is designed to improve overall workgroup and individual productivity; and addresses the creation, distribution, storage, and use of information in all its states. Business processes are incorporated as an integral part of all course content. Information Technology encompasses:

  • End-User Computing
  • Information Centers
  • Computer-Supported Work
  • Performance Support
  • Project Management
  • Multimedia
  • Networks
  • Database Systems
  • System Analysis
  • Information Security

Learning Outcomes

Information technology students in the AAS and BSAS degree programs will:

  •  write and produce interactive programs.
  •  be able to design a 3NF database and extract information using QBE and SQL.
  •  communicate effectively with written reports.

IT graduates of the AAS degree program will continue their studies towards a bachelor's degree in a computer or information technology area or will obtain full-time employment as web technicians, help desk support, network technicians, and in other closely related fields.

IT graduates of the BSAS degree program will obtain full-time employment as web designers, network administrators, multimedia specialists, and in other closely related fields.

Associate Degree Program

Graduates of the associate degree program can pursue careers in service and support of information systems, as well as continuing on to a bachelor's degree in information technology. This degree may be earned in four semesters if students average 16-17 hours per semester.

Students wishing to receive the Associate of Applied Science in information technology must complete the following:

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies13
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Applied Mathematics for Management
Gen Ed course (2 courses from NS, AH, SS, or SPA)6
Major Requirements
CSIS 1525Survey of Modern Operating Systems3
CSIS 1590Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems3
CSIS 1595Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 13
CSIS 2605Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 23
INFO 2663Information Technology Management3
INFO 3774Multimedia Technology4
INFO 3704Business Communication3
or ENGL 3743 Professional and Technical Writing
INFO 3775Multimedia Authoring4
CSIS 2699Computer Science and Information Systems Internship1
or CSIS 4893 Computer Science and Information Systems Advanced Internship
CSIS 2620System Configuration and Maintenance3
CSIS 3722Development of Databases3
CSIS 3723Networking Concepts and Administration3
or CSIS 3783 Cisco Networking Academy 2
CSIS 3755Information Assurance3
Specialization Area
Select an advisor approved specialization area of at least 8 semster hours.8
Total Semester Hours66
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CSIS 1590 Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems 3
CSIS 1595 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 1 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CSIS 1525 Survey of Modern Operating Systems 3
CSIS 2605 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 2 3
INFO 2663 Information Technology Management 3
CSIS 2620 System Configuration and Maintenance 3
General Ed Course 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 2
Fall
CSIS 3722 Development of Databases 3
CSIS 3723 Networking Concepts and Administration 3
CSIS 3755 Information Assurance 3
INFO 3774 Multimedia Technology 4
INFO Specialization Course 4
 Semester Hours17
Spring
INFO 3775 Multimedia Authoring 4
INFO 3704
Business Communication
or Professional and Technical Writing
3
INFO Specialization Course 4
CSIS 2699 Computer Science and Information Systems Internship 1
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours66