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*

COMM110 Effective SpeakingG,1 3
MGMT100 Introduction to Business2 3
  Computing ElectivesE 37
  College Level WritingA,B 6
  Cultural PerspectivesC 3
  Personal HealthC 2
  College Level Mathematics ElectivesD,3 3
INTG285 Integration of KnowledgeF,G,4 3

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

MGMT100 Introduction to Business2 3
College Level Writing A,B 3
Computing ElectivesE 9

Second Semester

College Level Writing A,B 3
Cultural PerspectivesC 3
Personal HealthC 2
Computing ElectivesE 6

Third Semester

COMM110 Effective Speaking G,1 3
College Level Mathematics Elective D,3 3
Computing ElectivesE 9

Fourth Semester

INTG285 Integration of Knowledge F,G,4 3
Computing ElectivesE 13

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.
D Consult an advisor. At least one course must be chosen from the following:MATH 110, MATH115, MATH117, MATH120, MATH122, MATH125, or MATH140.
E Computing 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 Assistant Academic Dean: Mathematics, Science and Technology Department.
F Any INTG course may be chosen.
G Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies Creative Expression.
2 Satisfies Social Perspectives
3 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive Requirement

Guidelines: No more than nineteen credits of the Computer Science courses may be gained by transfer, credit by examination, LLEAP, or other sources.