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Information Technology

Computers are an integral part of everyday life at home, business and school. Our information society is in constant demand of individuals who can meet the needs of users within an organization through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. The Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with the skills needed to succeed in today's digital world.

During the first year of study, Information Technology Program students will acquire a broad business and real world perspective of information technology, strong analytical and critical thinking skills, knowledge of data design and data management principles and knowledge of basic programming and computer logic principles. These skills will provide students with the foundation needed to advance to their second year of study. In the second year of the program, students will choose one of the following five areas to specialize:

  • CyberSecurity
  • Management Information Systems [MIS]
  • Networking
  • Oracle Academy Database
  • Programming

* Not all courses available at all campuses. Check with your adviser to ensure course availability.

Graduates of the Information Technology A.A.S. Program can gain employment in technical support, programming, networking, systems analysis and design, information security, geographic information systems, business analysis and other computer related fields. Those graduates seeking additional education may continue their computer education at four-year institutions in programs such as computer science, management information systems, computer information systems, business administration and telecommunications technology.

For increased flexibility, students may elect to take more than 50% of the program courses online.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • apply analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they relate to information technology;
  • explain and discuss the impact of a broad business and real world perspective of information technology, both in the workplace and society;
  • apply data design and data management principles to businesses' informational needs;
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic programming principles;
  • apply systems development lifecycle methodologies to Information Technology project management tasks;
  • illustrate an understanding of computer hardware and software; networking; security; data; e-commerce; management information systems; and legal, ethical and policy issues;
  • design effective and usable IT-based solutions and integrate those components into the user environment;
  • identify and evaluate current and emerging technologies and assess their applicability to address the users' needs; and
  • communicate effectively and efficiently with clients, users and peers both verbally and in writing, using appropriate terminology.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 60.0

First Year, Fall Semester
DA 103 - Introduction to Information Technology Credit Hours: 4
DA 150 - Programming Visual Basic Credit Hours: 4
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4 or an IT Approved Math Elective

First Year, Spring Semester
DA 240 - Systems Analysis with Respect to Business Applications Credit Hours: 4
DA 261 - Database Concepts Credit Hours: 4
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
Concentration Course(s) Credit Hours 3-4

Second Year, Fall Semester
MT 143 - Introductory Statistics I Credit Hours: 4
Concentration Course(s) Credit Hours: 3-4
Concentration Course(s) Credit Hours: 3-4
Information Technology Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
Concentration Course(s) Credit Hours: 3-4
Concentration Course(s) Credit Hours: 3-4
Information Technology Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Information Technology Electives:

Any DA (Information Technology) course not included as part of your concentration. Other courses must be approved by your Academic Adviser.

Information Technology Approved Math Electives:

MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4
MT 167 - Discrete Mathematics Credit Hours: 4
MT 180 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics Credit Hours: 4

CyberSecurity Concentration

CyberSecurity Concentration Courses

DA 202 - Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Framework of ISS Credit Hours: 3
DA 204 - Digital Forensics Credit Hours: 4
TE 180 - IT Essentials I Credit Hours: 3 
TE 181 - IT Essentials II Credit Hours: 3

In addition, select one from the following:

CR 150 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
CR 160 - Criminology Credit Hours: 3
CR 170 - Criminal Law Credit Hours: 3
TE 185 - Network Fundamentals Credit Hours: 3
TE 270 - Routing and Switching I Credit Hours: 3

Management Information Systems (MIS) Concentration

Management Information Systems Concentration Courses

DA 190 - Introduction to Management Information Systems Credit Hours: 4
DA 290 - Management for Systems Analysts Credit Hours: 4
BU 121 - Accounting Principles I Credit Hours: 4

In addition, select two from the following:

BU 122 - Accounting Principles II Credit Hours: 4
BU 221 - Computerized Accounting Credit Hours: 4
BU 231 - Business Systems Credit Hours: 3
BU 243 - Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3
BU 261 - Business Law I Credit Hours: 3
BU 262 - Business Law II Credit Hours: 3
EN 114 - Public Speaking Credit Hours: 3

Oracle Academy Database Concentration

Oracle Academy Database Concentration Courses

DA 160 - Oracle Database Programming I Credit Hours: 3
DA 161 - Oracle Database Programming II Credit Hours: 3
DA 262 - Oracle PL/SQL Programming I Credit Hours: 3
DA 263 - Oracle PL/SQL Programming II Credit Hours: 3

In addition, select one of the following:

DA 151 - Java Fundamentals Credit Hours: 3 
DA 251 - Java Programming Credit Hours: 3

Note: At the completion of DA160 and DA161 students will be prepared for the first part of the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) exam or can take the Oracle Database SQL Expert certification exam. At the completion of DA262 and DA263 students can take the second and final exam for Oracle Certified Associate.

Networking Concentration

Networking Concentration Courses

TE 180 - IT Essentials I Credit Hours: 3 
TE 181 - IT Essentials II Credit Hours: 3
TE 185 - Network Fundamentals Credit Hours: 3
TE 270 - Routing and Switching I Credit Hours: 3

In addition, select one from the following:

TE 271 - Routing and Switching II Credit Hours: 3 
TE 272 - Accessing the WAN Credit Hours: 3

Programming Concentration

Programming Concentration Courses

DA 151 - Java Fundamentals Credit Hours: 3
DA 251 - Java Programming Credit Hours: 3
DA 255 - Advanced Visual Basic Credit Hours: 4

In addition, select two from the following:

DA 161 - Oracle Database Programming II Credit Hours: 3
DA 262 - Oracle PL/SQL Programming I Credit Hours: 3
DA 263 - Oracle PL/SQL Programming II Credit Hours: 3

Available At:

South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

3 Years of Math
Math I
Math II
Math III

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Industrial and Business Firms
or Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program

Hegis Code:

5101

Curriculum Code:

1492.INT

Division:

Engineering & Technologies
Information Technology

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Orchard Park, NY 14127
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