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Information Technology - Program Description

The Information Technology (IT) curriculum introduces the student to computer systems, networks, and communications. This academic program is appropriate for students seeking careers in information technology including network administration, operations, systems design, troubleshooting and management. Students have the opportunity to learn systems analysis and design, information management, security implementation, web administration and commerce, and programming.

Students in this Major

  • Develop management skills, communication skills, and other skills in order to meet their challenging career.
  • Are taught by qualified faculty in small classes.
  • Gain hands-on experience on computer hardware, networking, database management, web development, security implementation, and IT applications.
  • Will complete a Capstone Project and may take an internship.

Students work on removing a video card from a desktop computer.Career Opportunities

Placement opportunities are significant with an array of functional opportunities:

  • System Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Administrator
  • Database Manager
  • Web Master
  • IT Security Specialist
  • IT Position in any Industry

Potential Employers

  • IT Companies
  • Health Management Services
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Education
  • Military
  • IT Departments in any industry

Admission Requirements

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be qualified to enter at least College Algebra (MATH 121) and Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102).
  • Chemistry or Physics courses recommended.
  • Computer or technology courses are strongly recommended.
  • Transfers into this program must have a 2.0 GPA for admission. Students from other institutions and majors may have to complete certain bridge courses that could extend their graduation date.

Students who do not meet necessary prerequisites may be admitted to the College. However, completing the program may require more than four years.


Semester I Credits

BSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
CITA 152 Computer Logic 3
CITA 163 Survey of Information Technology 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word1 (GER 10) 3
  Mathematics Elective (GER 1) 3

Semester II Credits

CITA 170 Computer Concepts & Operation Systems 3
CITA 171 Operating System Fundamentals 3
CITA 175 Computer Concepts & OS Lab 1
MATH 141 Statistics (GER 1) 3
  GER Course (GER 7) 3
  GER Course (GER 8) 3

Semester III Credits

CITA 180 Introduction to Programming 4
CITA 215 Database Concepts & Applications 3
CITA 220 Data Communications & Network Technology 3
CITA 221 Data Communications & Network Technology Lab 1
ECON 101
ECON 103
Macroeconomics OR
Microeconomics (GER 3)
  Program Elective4 3

Semester IV Credits

CITA 204 Systems Analysis and Design** 3
CITA 250 Information Security 3
  GER Course (GER 2) 3
  GER Course (GER 2) 3
  GER Course (GER 6) 3

Semester V Credits

ACCT Accounting2 4
BSAD 301 Principles of Management 3
CITA 300 MIS 3
CITA 310 Web Server Administration 3
SOET 361 Project Management 3

Semester VI Credits

CITA 330 Emerging IT Applications 3
SOET 370 Engineering Economics 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  Program Elective4 3
  Program Elective4 3
  Program Elective4 3

Semester VII Credits

CITA 440 Network Management 3
CITA 441 Network Management Lab 1
  Program Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  General Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

CITA 460 IT & Networked Economy 3
SOET 477 Capstone Project 3
CITA 480 Internship in Information Technology OR
2-Program Electives4

* Pending State Education Department approval.

** Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

Students in this program must take at least 45 upper level credits (course numbers 300/400) and a minimum of 30 Liberal Arts credits.

1ENGL 101 Expository Writing may be taken in place of ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression.

2Accounting: ACCT 104 Survey of Accounting recommended. Students interested in further course work in accounting or in business should take ACCT101 Foundations of Financial Accounting.

3Economics: ECON 101 Macroeconomics or ECON 103 Microeconomics recommended.

4Program Elective: Any course from the Canino School of Engineering Technology, the Business Department (Including ACCT 102 Foundations of Managerial Accounting) or the Cybersecurity program.

NOTE: Information Technology students must meet seven of the ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton computer competency requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must take at least four upper level CITA/MINS courses and SOET 477 (Capstone Project) from SUNY Canton. Each required CITA/MINS/SOET course used to meet graduation requirements must have a grade of C or higher or transfer credit.

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Information Technology
Tatsuhito Koya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor