Information Technology Studies

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • Phone (215) 968-8305
Curriculum Code No. 2164

This major is for students whose educational and occupational goals are not met by the Mathematics, Computer and Information Science Department's other occupational and transfer majors. It allows students to build a sequence of computer-related courses to satisfy specific skills needed for employment and, upon successful completion, results in the award of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

This program is not for students planning to transfer. Students are admitted to this major only after they indicate in writing both the occupational objective and specific employment they expect to achieve through completion of the major. While the major is designed for students beginning their collegiate work, students with fewer than sixty credits of collegiate work may enter the major after receiving permission from both an academic advisor from the Computer Science area and the Mathematics, Science and Technology Department Assistant Academic Dean. Students will be admitted to this major only after they indicate both the specific occupational objectives they expect to achieve and a specific sequence of courses that will be taken. This written plan will be used to determine graduation eligibility. Any changes in this sequence must be approved, in writing, by the Mathematics, Science and Technology Department Assistant Academic Dean.

Positions that might be available, depending on courses chosen, are those that often combine the skills of two or more computer-related areas, such as:

  • programmer/web developer
  • web master/developer
  • network administrator/developer

Based on the choice of courses, graduates of this program are able to

  • interpret, analyze, and solve problems using a computer;
  • adapt to changing technology; and
  • work effectively as a team member to plan and implement solutions to computer related problems.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking G,4,5
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 3,4,8
3
CISC110
Intro to Information Systems G,9
3
Computing ElectivesF,9 37
College Level WritingA,B,2,10 6
Arts/HumanitiesC,1 3
Scientific Literacy E,7 3-4
College Level Mathematics ElectivesA,D,6 3-4
Total Credit Hours   61-63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. The additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
MGMT100
Introduction to Business3,4,8
3
College Level Writing A,B,2,10 3
Computing ElectivesF,9 7
CISC110
Intro to Information Systems G,9
3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course Credits
College Level Writing A,B,2,10 3
Arts/HumanitiesC,1 3
Computing ElectivesF,9 9
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
College Level Mathematics Elective A,D,6 3-4
Computing ElectivesF,9 12
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
Computing ElectivesF,9 9
Scientific Literacy 3-4
COMM110
Effective Speaking G,4,5
3
Total Credit Hours 15-16

A Placement testing required.
B Select any two of the following (with proper prerequisites):
OADM110, COMP110, COMP111, COMP114.
C Consult the list of courses approved for this category. Any course may be chosen.
DConsult an advisor. At least one course must be chosen from the following: CISC127, MATH 110, MATH115, MATH117, MATH120, MATH122, MATH125, or MATH140. If CISC127 is selected to fulfill this requirement, a free elective may be added to the program to reach 60 credits.
E Consult an advisor. At least one course must be chosen from the approved list of courses. CISC143 is recommended. If CISC143 is selected to fulfill this requirement, a free elective may be added to the program to reach 60 credits.
FComputing Electives are courses which contribute directly to the fulfillment of the students' occupational and employment goals; they are selected by the students in consultation with an academic advisor, and require the approval of the advisor. An Occupational Education Plan (OEP) must be completed in consultation with the academic advisor and with written approval of the Dean: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department. A portfolio will be required to fulfill graduation requirements.
G Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.