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IST: Information Management or Network Security

Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: The Information Systems Technology (IST) curriculum has been designed to prepare students for employment in the information and computer technology fields. The program’s required classes will introduce the student to areas in information systems management or network security.

Occupational Objectives: Web Page Designer and JAVA Programming, Network Security Technician, Database Administrator, Systems Analyst, Business (E-commerce) Application Specialist.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Information Systems Technology requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. All entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes required technical courses in information systems and general education courses. Instruction includes theoretical concepts along with hands-on experience required to master the skills needed for successful preparation for employment. Students are urged to consult with a curriculum advisor in planning the program and selecting areas for concentrated study. Technical/computer classes over five years old cannot be used as transfer credits. In addition, students who have been readmitted into the college must have computer courses that are over five years old re-evaluated.


Information Systems Technology Curriculum:

Degree Requirements Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 6
Mathematics MTH 163 (recommended) or any math course, MTH 120 or higher1 3
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2 2
Humanities Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 3
Social Sciences Any two courses from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY4, or SOC5 6
Communication BUS 236, CST 100, or CST 110 3
General Education Requirements   24
IST Program Core Credits
ITD 110 Web Design I 3
ITE 100 Introduction to Information Systems 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ITN 101 or ITN 154 Intro to Local Area Networking or Fundamentals of Networking 3-4
ITN 260 Security Basics 3
ITP 100 Software Design 3
ITP 120 JAVA Programming 3
ITP 251 System Analysis and Design 3
ITP 258 or ITP 290 Systems Development Project or Coordinated Internship 3
IST Core Total (Minimum)   27-28

The student should choose either the Information Management OR the Network Security study concentration.

Information Management (Choose minimum of 15 credits from courses offered) Credits
ITD 130 Database Fundamentals 3
ITD 210 Web Design II 3
ITD 220 E-Commerce Administration 3
ITE 160 or MKT 100 Introduction to E-Commerce or Principles of Marketing 3
ITE 180 Help Desk Support Activities 3
ITP 140 Client Scripting 3
IST Core Total (Minimum)   15
Network Security (Choose a minimum of 15 credits from course offerings) Credits
ITN 124 Wireless Network Administration 3
ITN 155 or ITN 208 Introduction to Routing or Protocols and Communications 4
ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime and Hacking 4
ITN 263 Intranet/Internet Firewalls and E-Commerce 4
ITN 276 Computer Forensics I 4
ITN 277 Computer Forensics II 4
IST Core Total (Minimum)   15
Total Degree Credits   66-67

Suggested Scheduling

First Year: Fall

Course Credits
SDV 100 1
ITE 115 3
HLT or PED 1
Social Sciences Elective 3
ENG 111 3
MTH 120 or higher 3
BUS 236, CST 100 or CST 110 3
Total Credits 17

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
ITE 100 3
ENG 112 3
ITN 101 3
ITP 100 3
ITD 110 3
Total Credits 15

Info. Management Study Concentration

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
Social Sciences Elective 3
ITP 120 3
ITN 260 3
HLT or PED 1
Information Management Electives 6
Total Credits 16

Second Year: Spring

Course Credits
ITP 251 3
Humanities Elective 3
ITP 258 3
Information Management Electives 9
Total Credits 18

Network Security Study Concentration

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
Sociology Elective 3
ITP 120 3
ITN 260 3
HLT or PED 1
Network Security Electives 7
Total Credits 17

Second Year: Spring

Course Credits
ITP 251 2
ITP 258 or ITP 290 4
Network Security Electives 8
Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 17

Students Wishing to Transfer Credits: Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology is not designed to be a transfer program. Students may, however, substitute some classes to aid in transfer. Students should check with the college to which they plan to transfer for classes that are accepted by that institution.

1 Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.

2 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

3 ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students should take either ECO 120 or ECO 201-202 unless they plan to take all three courses. Students may not receive credit for ECO 120 if they have already completed both ECO 201 and ECO 202.

4 PSY 200 and PSY 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take PSY 200 cannot receive credit for either PSY 201 or PSY 202. Students who take either PSY 201 or PSY 202 cannot receive credit for PSY 200. Also, students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.

5 SOC 200 and SOC 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take SOC 200 cannot receive credit for either SOC 201 or SOC 202. Students who take either SOC 201 or SOC 202 cannot receive credit for SOC 200.

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.