Computer & Information Technologies
This program includes tracks in Business Software and Support, Data Center Technologies, Geospatial Technologies, Informatics, Internet Technologies, Network Technologies, Programming, and Video Game Design, with a core of courses common to all. The core includes a general education component essential to a collegiate education and a technical component giving students an introduction to information systems, computer applications, program development, system maintenance, networking, security, Internet technologies, database design, and collaborative system development. In addition to core courses, students take specialty courses for their selected track.
The Business Software and Support Track emphasizes several aspects of application software. It includes such productivity applications as: word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation, geographic information systems, website development/maintenance, and help desk tracking systems. Completion of this track will prepare students to work with computer-based systems in business and industry.
- Business Software Specialist - Designed to train students to operate a wide variety of software packages and to assist businesses in developing and maintain databases, producing financial statements, and developing applications using various software packages
- Computer Applications Support - Provides an in-depth knowledge of application software, computer system configurations, Help Desk Tools/Software, end-user documentation, user training, and other user support skills.
- Software Support - Provides an in-depth knowledge of application software, computer system configurations, and data driven websites.
Data Center Technologies Track provides experience with Cloud computing areas such as virtualization, storage, security, high availability and adherence to standards in provisioning of computing resources that meet business and organizational needs. The curriculum may be used to prepare students for entry level positions in organizations that manage and design data centers.
Geospatial Technologies (GST), is a rapid growing and evolving field which enables users of location based data the ability to make informed decisions, utilizing a large array of sensors and demographics. GST utilizes both time and place as analysis factors and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) as a high growth, high wage, green industry with a bright outlook. The curriculum is based upon national standards, including the DoL Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) and the NSF funded GeoTech Center model courses. Completers of the Associate of Applied Science degree will have the skills for employment in GST or associated fields such as Unmanned Aircraft System, agriculture, remote sensing, geospatial intelligence, environmental science, crime analysis, and/or demographics.
Informatics Track prepares students interested in an advanced study of database design/management and computer programming. The curriculum may also be used to prepare students for entry into bachelor-level programs in computer science and informatics.
Internet Technologies Track prepares students to design, program, and maintain Internet-based services. With specializations in web programming and web server administration, this track will help prepare students for positions developing and maintaining interactive web sites.
Network Technologies Track provides the concepts and skills needed to set up, maintain, and expand networked computer systems. This track requires sequences in Microsoft Windows, Cisco, and UNIX/Linux as well as courses providing deeper insight into Internet protocols and network security. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in installation and administration of local area networks in medium to large organizations and as computer network administrators in small businesses.
Programming Track prepares students to design, develop, and maintain computer programs written in current and emerging programming languages. With tracks in Information Systems and Software Development, students successfully completing this track are prepared for entry-level positions in computer programming.
- Information Systems - This track is designed with an emphasis on programming for a business environment. Students completing the Information Systems track study basic business concepts, one programming language at an advanced level, and two programming languages at an introductory level.
- Software Development - This track emphasizes computer software development. Students completing the Software Development track study a minimum of two computer programming languages at an advanced level and additional programming language(s) at an introductory level. Flexibility within this track allows students to focus on a specific area of software development by means of the programming languages they choose to study (object-oriented programming, database programming, game development, etc.).
Video Game Design Track prepares students to design, develop, and market digital games and simulations. This track focuses on game development with an emphasis on game programming.