Computer Information Technology – Secure Software Development Track (AAS)

Program Description

This degree is offered at the Quad Cities Campus.

The Computer Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree is a multi-disciplinary degree designed to produce graduates with the knowledge necessary to work in today’s information technology environment.

All students will study a variety of introductory courses consisting of HTML, networking, Windows and Linux operating systems, security, hardware, programming logic and Microsoft Project. With this strong foundation, students can go into depth by selecting a track for specialization. Tracks include IT Support Technician, Network Administration and Secure Software Development. This degree is designed so that an individual may complete one of the related certificate programs (IT Support Technician Certificate and Network Administrator Certificate), and then complete the Computer Information Technology Associate’s degree.

Individuals may also enroll directly in the Computer Information Technology program without any prior coursework. The two-year course of study culminates in the internship which provides valuable on-the-job experience. Many of the courses prepare students for industry-related certifications including CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ and Security+ certifications, Microsoft’s MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) and MTS certification, Cisco’s CCNA and CCENT certification.

IT Support Technician work involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer hardware and software. Network Administration work manages the back-office by building and configuring networks, installing and configuring servers and workstations, troubleshooting hardware, network, and related problems including routers and switches. The Secure Software Development track will prepare students for employment in secure software development by educating them in the fundamental concepts of computer programming, software assurance and database development.

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

CS 105 Computer Science Principles (3)
CIP 170 Web Page Development (3)
CIP 190 Team MS Office/SharePoint (3)
CIP 201 MS Project (1)
ITS 125 IT Professional Skills (1)
ENGT 224 Computer Programming (3)

Second Semester

BE 264 Microsoft Access (3)
CIP 150 Secure Coding (3)
CS 121 Intro to Computer Science (4)
NETW 170 Intro to Information Security (3)
General Ed Elective in Humanities (3)
Social Sciences, Science, or Non-Western Studies

Summer Semester

Math 112 College Algebra (3)

Third Semester

CIP 214 C# Programming (3)
CIP 220 Intro to Assured Software Eng (3)
CIP 227 Database Management Systems (3)
CS 225 Advanced Programming (3)
SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communica (3) or
SPEC 111 Business and Professional Comm (3)

Fourth Semester

CIP 217 Advanced C# Programming (3)
CIP 240 Mobile Application Programming (3)
CIP 260 Systems Design and Development (3)
CIP 270 Field Project (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 64