(Effective Fall 2020)

This major helps prepare students for a variety of careers related to network design, installation, and maintenance. Specifically, students will be proficient in the technical aspects of a network, including installation, maintenance, monitoring, resource management, user management, performance issues and security; have working knowledge in common operating systems including installation, configuration, scripting, user and resource management, troubleshooting and the use of common system utilities; and they will be able to evaluate, analyze, design, manage, secure, administer and troubleshoot networks. Students will be exposed to emerging industry trends including virtualization, software defined networking, cloud computing, IoT and machine learning.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for positions that may include systems administrators/analysts, network architects, data communications analyst, information systems administrators, software development engineers, network administrators, and related positions.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in English, mathematics through at least algebra, and science is desired. A familiarity with computer equipment and software is also desired.

Special Equipment Needs

A laptop computer is required for enrollment in all majors within the Information Technology Department.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students are required to meet the College’s placement requirements. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the catalog (https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy). Students will not be allowed to enroll in any required Information Technology (CIT) courses until remediation of math courses through MTH006 is complete.

Transfer Procedures

All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the major.

Program Goals

A graduate of this program should be able to:
  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to networking;
  • assess the needs of an information technology (IT) related problem and select, develop, integrate, deploy, secure, and administer an appropriate solution;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies such as programming, networking, database, and security;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the technical aspects of a network, including installation, maintenance, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, resource management, and user management;
  • apply necessary problem-solving, collaborative, organizational, and project management skills to accomplish a common goal;
  • identify and explain the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues of IT and the associated responsibilities of IT professionals;
  • communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience;
  • identify, evaluate, and explain how emerging technologies in the IT discipline affect organizations, and the work environment; and
  • provide technical support using appropriate communication, diagnostic, and customer relation skills.

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the major (those with the alpha-designators CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher. Additionally, any course approved for use as a networking elective must also be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3.0 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
EET145 Networking I 4.0 3 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT260 Programming II 3.0 3 M REQ
EET247 Networking II 4.0 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3.0 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3.0 3 S REQ
CIT273 Systems Administration 3.0 3 M REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3.0 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15.0
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT241 Systems Programming 3.0 3 M REQ
MTH161 Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.5 3 1.50 M REQ
BNE Directed BNE Elective 300 Level or Higher 3.0   M BNE
SCI Science Elective 3.0   S SCI
CIT246 System Analysis I 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15.5
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT355 Server Administration 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT343 Virtualization, Storage & Cloud Computing 4.0 3 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
IAS312 Network Defense 3.0 3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3.0   S ARP
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SCL Science Elective with lab 4.0   S SCL
CIT372 Network Simulation 3.0 3 M REQ
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3.0   S SSP
CIT371 Network Administration II: Real-time Services 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT310 Wireless and Mobile Computing 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT448 Multi-Platform Architecture 3.0 3 M REQ
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 S REQ
CIT485 Project Management in IT 3.0 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3.0   S OEE
BNE Directed BNE Elective 300 Level or Higher 3.0   M BNE
TOTAL CREDITS 15.0
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT476 Network Design and Management 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3.0 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3.0   S HIP
CIT449 Advanced Topics in Networking 3.0 3 M REQ
FIT140 Wellness for the Working Professional 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0