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Information Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program focuses mainly on networking, webpage development, security, database management, and commonly used technologies to further your career in information technology.

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Courses in the major include:

This course introduces software, hardware and operating systems concepts. Topics include fundamentals of computer technology; installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware; and basic networking. Course topics align with the CompTIA A+ Essentials certification.
This course addresses the skills and knowledge necessary to become an IT Professional in the networking field. Topics include network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Course topics align with the CompTIA Network+ certification.
This course introduces security concepts, tools, and procedures for preventing, mitigating and responding to security incidents. Network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management, and cryptography are explored. Course topics align with the CompTIA Security+ certification.
This course focuses on installing, configuring, diagnosing, and troubleshooting servers, including server hardware, general storage, upgrades, maintenance, and disaster recovery. Course topics align with the CompTIA Server+ certification.
This course introduces Cisco routing and configuration concepts, including the basics of installation, operation and troubleshooting small enterprise networks. Topics include network security, routing and switching, simple network configuration, wide area network (WAN) technologies, and wireless networking concepts. Course topics align with the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification.
This course introduces Internet working through the study of Cisco routing and switching. Coverage includes installing, configuring, operating, and optimizing networks that use Ethernet, TCP/IP, Wide Area Network protocols, and Cisco network hardware. Course topics align with the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Prerequisite: BSIT 340
This course focuses on the skills needed to administer small to medium-sized networks in Microsoft Windows server environments. Issues dealing with network infrastructures, network hardware, protocols and services, security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software will be explored. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals certification.
This course introduces the knowledge and skills required to configure basic networks particularly skills associated with the technology used for archiving, backup, and restoration. Topics covered by the course include the fundamentals of business continuity, application workload, system integration, and storage/system administration. These topics are presented within activities which require students to perform basic troubleshooting operations and to perform documentation research. Course topics align with the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA certification.
This course introduces cloud computing from a business and technical perspective, including implementing and governing a cloud environment. Topics include characteristics of cloud services from a business perspective, the business value of cloud computing, technical considerations, cloud types, steps to successful adoption, impact on IT service management, and risks and consequences. Course topics align with the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification.
This course provides a foundation for managing and maintaining the most current version of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Issues dealing with operating system configurations, installing and upgrading client systems, managing files and folders, managing devices, operating system maintenance, server roles, active directory, storage, server performance management, and server maintenance will be addressed. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows Operating System Fundamentals certification.
This course provides a foundation for creating and managing accounts and resources, implementing devices and drivers, and monitoring server performance and services in a Windows Server environment. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows Server Administration Fundamentals certification.
This course provides a foundation for managing security of accounts and resources, monitoring server performance, and safeguarding data in a Windows Server environment. Topics include network infrastructures, network hardware, protocols and services, security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals certification.

Elective courses

BSIT 499 - Certification Component

This course provides a monitored structure for study which can be used to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program toward the completion of an approved vendor certification. Students must submit a proposal for certification, including objectives, to the faculty sponsor prior to the start of the semester. A plan for completion of the approved certification and documentation for attainment of the objectives will be developed in conjunction with the faculty sponsor. Prerequisite: The Certification Component should be taken after completing a minimum of 18 credit hours of the required major courses.

CIS 433 - Information Technology Project Management

This course provides students with an introduction to project management as it relates to Information Technology. Students develop formal project plans based on actual problems. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge areas of project management. Team-based and discovery-based learning methods are stressed. Where applicable, course topics align with the CompTIA Project+ certification.

CIS 436 - Ethics for IT Professionals

This course discusses ethical issues inherent in the field of information technology. Topics covered focus on the balance between the individual and society, including privacy and surveillance, free speech and censorship, fair use and intellectual property, and security and computer crime. The course also discusses professional responsibility netiquette.

CIS 456 - Service Component

This course is designed to provide students with a monitored structure which can be used to apply the concepts and technologies acquired throughout their course of study to a real-world problem or situation that will be proposed and developed by each student. This can be accomplished by way of a faculty approved project, research study, certification or internship. The faculty sponsor will evaluate and approve a student's proposal and objectives prior to any work being done. Each student will develop and prepare a plan for completion of the approved component and will document the attainment of the objectives by way of milestones, oral or written reports, specified deliverables or satisfactory reports on completion of objectives by the manager of an intern. Students may accomplish the Service Component when they have completed 24 credit hours of the required major courses.

CIS 338 - Linux 1

This course provides an in-depth study of basic Linux administrative tools and practices. It is based on the curriculum recommended by the Linux Professional Institute for certification at the LPIC-1 level, and can be used to prepare for certification exams 101 and 102. Topics covered in this course include Linux commands, shell scripts, file systems, networking, security, and troubleshooting.

CIS 339 - Linux 2

This course consists of an advanced study of Linux servers, networking, administrative tools and practices. It is based on the curriculum recommended by the Linux Professional Institute for certification at the LPIC-2 level, and can be used to prepare for certification exams 201 and 202. Topics covered in this course include resource utilization, compiling the kernel, Linux Web, DNS, DHCP, email, file, print, and database servers, enterprise networking, shell scripts, file systems, networking, security, and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: CIS 338, or a current LPIC-1 certification, or two years documented experience as a Linux system administrator.

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