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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.

Bachelor's Degree Program

The information technology professional will develop his or her ability to conceptualize, design, and implement high-quality information systems based upon computer systems ranging from single-user systems to complex, interactive, and multi-user distributed systems.  This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester.

IT majors will choose to follow one of several concentration areas:

  • database
  • e-commerce programming
  • multimedia/web design
  • networking
  • security

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

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies9
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement Included in Support Courses
University general education requirements in essential skills and knowledge domains.28
Arts and Humanities
Natural Sciences
Social Science
Social and Personal Awareness
General Education Elective
Major Requirements
CSIS 1525Survey of Modern Operating Systems3
CSIS 1570Web Graphics Programming3
CSIS 1590Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems3
CSIS 1595Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 13
CSIS 2605Fundamentals of Programming and Problem- Solving 23
CSIS 3722Development of Databases3
CSIS 3723Networking Concepts and Administration3
or CSIS 3782 Cisco Networking Academy 1
CSIS 3731Human-Computer Interaction3
CSIS 3755Information Assurance3
INFO 2663Information Technology Management3
INFO 4880Information Technology Analysis and Design3
Concentration area9
Database Concentration
Visual/Object-Oriented Programming
Database Applications
Advanced Spreadsheets
E-Commerce Concentration
Foundations of Electronic Commerce
Electronic Commerce Programming
Electronic Commerce Strategies
Multimedia Concentration
Electronic Commerce Programming
Multimedia Authoring
Web Site Development
Computer Technology for Digital Image Processing
Advanced Multimedia Authoring
Networking Concentration
System Configuration and Maintenance
Cisco Networking Academy 2
Data Communications Networking
Remote Access and Multilayer Switched Networks
Building Scalable Networks and Advanced Internetwork Troubleshooting
Security Concentration
System Configuration and Maintenance
Security Design
Computer Forensics
Encoding and Encryption
Special Topics
Departmental Electives
Select at least 6 additional semester hours of upper division Information Technology or CSIS courses. CSCI or CIS courses numbered 3000 and above may also be used as electives with advisor approval. 6
Support Courses
STAT 2601Introductory Statistics3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
INFO 3704Business Communication3
or ENGL 3743 Professional and Technical Writing
Select at least 18 s.h. from an unspecified minor.18
Free Electives Any courses to meet 120 total hours7
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
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
GER Natural Science + Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
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
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CSIS 1570 Web Graphics Programming 3
CSIS 3722 Development of Databases 3
STAT 2601 Introductory Statistics 3
Minor 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
CSIS 3731 Human-Computer Interaction 3
CSIS 3723
Networking Concepts and Administration
or Cisco Networking Academy 1
INFO 3704
Business Communication
or Professional and Technical Writing
Minor Course 3
GER Social Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
CSIS 3755 Information Assurance 3
INFO/CSIS UD Elective 3
Minor Course 3
GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
IT Concentration 3
Free elective 3
Minor Course 3
GER Social Science 3
GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
Request a Graduation Evaluation after completing 80-85 s.h. from the STEM Advising Center, 2325 Moser Hall, (330) 941-2512.  
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
IT Concentration 3
INFO/CSIS UD elective 3
Minor Course 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
INFO 4880 Information Technology Analysis and Design 3
IT Concentration  
IT Concentration 3
Minor Course 3
Free Elective 1
GER NS, AH, SS, or SPA 3
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours120