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Associate in Science Degree

The rapidly changing world of information technology offers many great career opportunities. The associate degree program offered by Central Penn College provides specialized instruction to help students keep pace with these changes. Students
will receive a solid technological foundation in data modeling, operating systems, programming, and networking fundamentals. To fully complement degree requirements, students choose to specialize in Applications Development or Networking and Security.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the standards and practices within the information technology industry, defining a set of knowledge, skills and tools for understanding how to solve a technological problem.
  • Explain the application of technology and the role of the user in identifying and defining the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to illustrate user needs and apply an IT-based solution in order to solve a technical problem and enhance the user environment.
  • Analyze the IT professional’s legal and ethical responsibilities of computing, taking into account the risks and security, on a local and global scale.
  • Evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet needs of individuals, organizations and society.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Information Technology (BSIT) program suggests that a student has completed two units of secondary math with a “C” or better, to include Algebra II. Admission to the CIS program encourages that students have completed two units of secondary math with a “C” or better, to include Algebra. It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in the BSIT program have successfully completed one networking or programming course; those who do not meet this requirement are encouraged to enroll in the CIS program until they have completed two terms.

Program Requirements

In addition to 36 credits of general education and elective requirements, CIS majors are required to take 40 credits of program-specific coursework comprised of 22 core credits and 18 program electives.

Computer Information Systems Core Courses – 22 credits

  • INT299 Associates Degree Internship
  • STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar
  • TEC120 Structured Programming
  • TEC135 Networking I
  • TEC140 Microcomputer Systems
  • TEC200 Data Modeling Foundations
  • TEC252 SQL Fundamentals
  • TEC320 Systems Analysis and Design

Applications Development Concentration – 18 credits

Graduates are prepared to collaborate with management and lead project teams
in developing applications to solve business problems. In addition to hands-on technical skills, graduates will understand the standards and principles of applications development and apply them to new and challenging situations. Students choosing this concentration must take 18 credits labeled TEC including the following 9 credits:

  • TEC235 Object-Oriented Programming I
  • TEC245 Internet Programming I
  • TEC335 Object-Oriented Programming II

Networking and Security Concentration – 18 credits

Graduates are prepared to lead project development teams in the design, installation, and maintenance of complex networks. Additionally, graduates will have developed the management and professional skills to promote and justify technology projects to meet business objectives.

Students choosing this concentration must take 18 credits labeled TEC including the following 9 credits:

  • TEC222 Networking II
  • TEC310 Virtualization
  • TEC350 Firewalls and Intrusion Detection

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