Computer and Information Technologies

The Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree (BAT) in Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) prepares students for successful careers in the field of CIT. Coursework is balanced between theoretical and technical competencies associated with the CIT profession to prepare graduates for a number of demands placed on CIT professionals. The degree is designed to prepare students with relevant, technical knowledge of CIT practices, in order to provide solutions for real-world problems and technical support for computer-based information systems. Technology-oriented coursework will form the core requirements for this program, with an emphasis on the application and implementation of current technologies.

The program’s objectives include promoting academic development in a number of ways. The program offers a required capstone course that will enhance the educational experience and employment potential for students. The program will also include a strong professional component to develop skills in technical communication, ethics, and group work. Students graduating from the program will be prepared to enter the private sector as well as continue their education in a graduate program.

Develop web-based applications.

  • Design, develop, and secure dynamic and data-driven web applications utilizing server-side technologies and database management. CITP 4316

Develop computer networks and convergent technologies.

  • Analyze and implement networking fundamentals, LAN switching, routing, WAN, and network infrastructure technologies. CITP 3302
  • Install and troubleshoot Linux servers and manage Windows servers using system policies, profiles, security, and performance monitoring. CITP 3306
  • Describe and implement common components of the telecommunications industry, with an emphasis on VoIP. CITP 4345

Secure network infrastructures.

  • Identify, implement, and maintain network security, data defense, access control models, authentication, encryption, hashing, and proper security documentation. CITP 3312
  • Differentiate and implement various security tools in the defense of a computer network and conduct penetration testing. CITP 4330
  • Select and apply reverse software engineering tools to system security, software design, malware analysis. CITP 3311

Design and utilize databases.

  • Manipulate, define, and maintain the components of a relational database, such as records, table structures, schema objects, and security. CITP 3320

Develop applications in modern programming languages.

  • Utilize system design tools, data storage, arithmetic expressions, modular programming, and object-oriented methodologies. CITP 3305
  • Utilize file input/output operations, control structures, and application development. CITP 3310
  • Create a working software product according to required specifications and design documentation and evaluate its intended functionality. CITP 4340
  • Create event-driven applications with graphical user interfaces, databases, and programming methodologies, such as modularity, encapsulation, information hiding, abstraction, and polymorphism. CITP 4350

Demonstrate integration of IT skills in a capstone internship.

  • Communicate technical information, apply skills in an internship, and participate in a team project. CITP 4301

Upper and Lower Division Requirements

This program has additional requirements that must be met prior to completion.

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Potential Job Titles

  • Computer and Information System Managers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Information Technology Project Managers
  • Network and Computer System Administratros
  • Computer Network Specialist
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Computer Operators
  • Web Administrators

Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must meet general admission requirements to South Texas College
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in state mandated general knowledge content through approved means; i.e., Texas Success Initiative (TSI), with program specific exemptions accepted
  3. Applicants are elegible for admission if they meet one of the following criteria:
    1. An ACT Composite of 19 (minimum of 16 in all areas) or above (SAT 910 or above)
    2. Applicants with prior college level coursework must have a minimum cumulative GPA or 2.5 or provide evidence of extenuating circumstances to the Dean for Math, Science & Bachelor Programs for waiving the requirement
    3. Provisional Acceptance for students scoring a minimum ACT composite of 15 (SAT 740 or above) or minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 may be granted by the Dean for Math, Science & Bachelor Programs upon completion of a personal interview with the prospective applicant
  4. Submit a complete Bachelor of Applied Technology program application