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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Information Technology (A.A.S.)


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A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry.  Students will build a core foundation and choose one of three tracks: Cyber Security, Network Administration or Server Administration in order to complete the degree.  Each individual track is posted separately below.

Information Technology: Cyber Security (Track)


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology: Cyber Security focuses on the most critical and quickly changing area of the industry.  This program provides students with the ability to not only administer networks but also to secure those networks and conduct penetration tests to ensure they are not vulnerable to attacks.  Graduates will have an understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, networking, databases, programming, and defensive and offensive security.  Students will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), CompTIA Linux+, Net+, Security+ and A+, Wireshark Certified Network Analyst, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certifications. 

Career Opportunities

  1. Cyber Security Analyst
  2. Information Systems Security Officer
  3. Network Security Specialist
  4. Penetration Tester

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in Operating Systems, Networking, Data Communication, and Database Technology.
  2. Demonstrate various techniques for preventing unauthorized attacks to computer networks and apply measures for minimizing the damage caused by network intruders.
  3. Evaluate and implement the needed information security controls for any information system and provide an assurance framework where the security processes or controls, or both, are embedded in information systems technologies.
  4. Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  5. Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

General Education Requirements


Credit Hours: 22-23


Social Science Electives (Choose one)


(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Credit Hours: 41


Recommended Sequence of Courses


Total Credits (17)

Total Credits (17)

Total Credits (15/16)

Total Credits (14)

Minimum Credits to earn A.A.S. Degree - Cyber Security Track: 63-64


Information Technology: Server Administration (Track)


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology: Server Administration focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry.  This program provides students with the ability to administer a variety of computer networks.  Graduates will have an understanding of network operating systems, PC connectivity, network resources, network utilities, and network administration.  In addition to an understanding of networks, students will also obtain comprehensive training in the administration of specific operating systems including Linux, numerous Microsoft network operating systems, and other network utilities. Students will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and well as CompTIA Linux+, Net+, Security+, and A+ certifications.   

Career Opportunities

  1. Computer Support Specialist
  2. Information Systems Manager
  3. Network Administrator
  4. Network Service Technician
  5. Systems Engineer

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general computer and networking knowledge.
  2. Provide accurate technical explanations of the major components of a computer and the devices used in creating a network environment.
  3. Perform routine network administrative tasks, including operating system installs and upgrades, configuration, administration and troubleshooting.
  4. Identify, organize, plan and allocate resources and the different level of address assignment in in the computer network environment.
  5. Identify, plan and allocate security in a network environment.
  6. Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

General Education Requirements


Credit Hours: 22-23


Social Science Electives (Choose one)


(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Credit Hours: 40


Recommended Sequence of Courses


Total Credits (17)

Total Credits (16)

Total Credits (15/16)

Total Credits (14)

Minimum Credits to earn A.A.S. Degree - Server Administration Track: 62-63


Information Technology: Network Administration (Track)


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology: Network Administration focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry.  This program provides students with the ability to configure a variety of network devices, such as routers and switches.  Graduates will have an understanding of local and wide area network technologies, telecommunications, wireless communications, and network connectivity.  In addition to an understanding of telecommunications, students will also obtain comprehensive training via the Cisco Networking Academy classes as part of the curriculum.  After completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the CCNA certification exam.  Students additionally will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and CompTIA Security+ and A+ certifications.   

Career Opportunities

  1. IT Manager
  2. Network Specialist
  3. Network Manager
  4. Network Architect
  5. Systems Analyst

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general computer and networking knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of network operations in preparation for the CCNA certification exam.
  3. Configure and troubleshoot network devices and security implementations.
  4. Identify, organize, plan and allocate resources effectively in a telecommunications environment. 
  5. Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

General Education Requirements


(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Credit hours: 22-23


Social Science Electives (Choose one)


(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Credit Hours: 40


Recommended Sequence of Courses


Minimum Credits to earn A.A.S. Degree - Network Administration Track: 62-63


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