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Program Options & Requirements

All IT students select a specialty, which allows them to tailor their degree to fit their individual interests and goals. The IT specialty options are

  • Applied IT allows students to study computers in the context of a specific application area, such as biology or education. Students select and complete a program of study that reflects their area of application, as approved by the IT program director. Students are encouraged to participate in campus activities in both fields. If available, students should pursue a minor in their applied subject area. See program requirements.

  • Computer Science prepares students to design and build software products or complex, secure networks. Students are encouraged to intern with local software development groups in government and business. Students in this specialty are encouraged to complete a Mathematics minor. See program requirements.

  • Forensic Computing guides students in the investigation of computer crimes and the preparation of evidence for use in a court of law. Students are encouraged to intern in law enforcement organizations, such as local police departments and the FBI. This specialty covers topics required for the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiner’s Certified Computer Examiner certification. Students are also encouraged to minor in Criminal Justice. See program requirements.

  • Health IT prepares individuals to become records management or IT professionals in a hospital or other health care environment. See program requirements.

  • Information Systems equips students with the expertise needed to design support networks, provide technical support to system users, analyze business operations, and design and manage Web sites. Students are encouraged to work in campus computer labs and pursue internships for hands-on experience. Students in this specialty are prepared for industrywide certification, such as CompTia's A+, Net+ , and Security+. A minor in Business Administration is recommended for students in this specialty. See program requirements.

  • Interactive Media provides expertise in designing and building Web sites with a high interactive content such as those required to support Web 2.0 activities. A minor in Web Design is recommended. See program requirements.

  • Networking and Cybersecurity prepares students to specialize in network administration and the protection of today's computer systems. See program requirements.