A.A.S., Information Technology Specialist

Concentrations: Computing Technology, Network and Cybersecurity, and Network and System Administration

Minimum Requirements for A.A.S. Degree: 60 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
A.A.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements. 1
Program Requirements
CITS F204Introduction to Network Support and Administration3
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Microcomputer Programming
Introduction to Computer Programming
Computer Science I
CITS F212Server Operating Systems3
CITS F261Computer and Network Security3
CITS F281Professional Practices in IT3
CITS F284Independent Project3
or CITS F285 Cooperative Work Experience
Additional 6 credits from CIOS, CITS or CS electives 6
Concentrations
Select one from the following concentrations:21-22
Computing Technology
Network and Cybersecurity
Network and System Administration
Pass a certification review requiring students to demonstrate proficiency in the following skill areas: network support and troubleshooting; system administration; cybersecurity; independent thinking; human relations and support; and professional practices. 2
Total Credits45-46
1

As part of the A.A.S. degree requirements, complete DEVM F105 or any course at the F100 level or above in mathematical sciences (computer science, math or statistics) for the computation requirement, and ABUS F154, ANTH F100X/SOC F100X for the human relations requirement.

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Prior to graduation, all students are required to pass a certification review that includes a hands-on scenario task and the development and presentation of a portfolio of work.

Concentrations

Computing Technology

Select 21-22 credits from the following or from program coordinator-approved courses:21-22
Microcomputer Operating Systems Support
Information Technology Support Fundamentals
Microcomputer Operating Systems: Topics
Implementing Internet Tools and Technologies
Graphics and Multimedia for the Web
Website Design
System and Network Services Administration
Networking and LAN Infrastructure Basics
Routing and Switching Essentials
Intermediate Networking and LAN Infrastructure
Advanced Network Infrastructure Services
Cybersecurity Defense and Countermeasures
Network Security Penetration Testing
Directory Services Administration
IT Troubleshooting Skills
Information Technology: Topics
Total Credits21-22

Network and Cybersecurity

CITS F241Networking and LAN Infrastructure Basics4
CITS F242Routing and Switching Essentials4
CITS F243Intermediate Networking and LAN Infrastructure4
CITS F244Advanced Network Infrastructure Services4
CITS F262Cybersecurity Defense and Countermeasures3
CITS F263Network Security Penetration Testing3
Total Credits22

Network and System Administration

CITS F240System and Network Services Administration3
CITS F241Networking and LAN Infrastructure Basics4
CITS F242Routing and Switching Essentials4
CITS F243Intermediate Networking and LAN Infrastructure4
CITS F244Advanced Network Infrastructure Services4
CITS F265Directory Services Administration3
Total Credits22

Note: Upon admission to the certificate or degree program, each student will be assigned a mentor/committee chairperson who will be responsible for determining the student’s current level of competency in the various skill areas; assisting the student in determining the courses/experiences necessary for gaining competency in the deficient skill areas; setting up the student’s committee to consist of the mentor and at least one other individual who may be a UA faculty member, an adjunct faculty member, or an expert in the student’s community; arranging for practical experiences in the student’s community; and organizing the committee’s final assessment of the student’s work and recommending award of the certificate or degree.