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Information Technology: Applications Software Development

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BTech Degree – Code #1502

Dr. John Burke, Program Coordinator
Email address: burkejc@alfredstate.edu

The Bachelor of Technology degree in information technology: applications software development at Alfred State is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce as an IT professional with a special emphasis in the fast-moving field of programming and database applications. From database application to programming language sequences, including C#, Java, and C++, our expert faculty have created a curriculum to help you meet your career goals. You will also receive a sound foundation in Web development, networking, and microcomputer systems. And a full-semester internship will give you the hands-on experience employers are looking for.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the information technology: applications software development program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Advantages

Due to the solid foundation in all the major fields of information technology, the job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Produce object-oriented application software with current development programming languages.
  • Produce functional databases with current DBMS such as Oracle, MySQL, Access, etc.
  • Use the appropriate database design methodologies.
  • Perform the full life cycle of software development.
  • Develop an outline for an information system project.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot basic hardware.
  • Identify and utilize business principles and problem solving techniques.
  • Demonstrate and use managerial principles of business.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
  • Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in information technology. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into the bachelor's degree at the junior level.

Occupational Opportunities

Organizations of all types and sizes need computer professionals. The primary employment field includes database administrators, programmers, and systems analysts. Due to the solid foundation in all the major fields of information technology, the job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous. They include database administrators, software developers, network support, project managers, user support, Web developers, IT managers, technical sales, and technical support staff, to name a few.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21.

Information Technology: Applications Software Development - BTech Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. - Social Science 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. - Other 3
      15

Second

CISY 2133 Computer Programming II 3
CISY 2143 Microcomputer Systems I 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or Higher* 3
CISY 2153 Database Appl and Programng I 3
      15

Third

CISY 4033 Networking I 3
CISY 3223 Intro to Web Page Development 3
ACCT 1124 Financial Accounting 4
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
   OR    
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. "Other" 3
      16-17

Fourth

CISY 4063 Systems Analysis & Design 3
BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
CISY 4003 Comp Prgrmming III/Data Strctu 3
CISY 4723 Essentials of Info Security 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
      18

Fifth

CISY 6503 Object-Oriented Programming 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
      15

Sixth

CISY 7003 Project Management 3
CISY 5403 Database Concepts 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
      18

Seventh

CISY 8503 Appl Database Management 3
CISY 8603 Seminar Critical Issues in IT 3
  xxx3 Open Elective 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper (LAS Rec)  3
      15

Eighth

CISY 8712 Info Technology Internship 12
      12

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

GPA of 2.5 or higher required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall; internship is student-initiated.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 124 credit hours
  • 39 credit hours in major field required courses
  • 24 credit hours in professional courses
  • 18 credit hours in core concentration
  • 30 credit hours in liberal arts courses
  • a 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
  • other requirements as stated in college academic regulations
  • 7 general education areas are required, with 3 of 5 (art, language, American history, western civilization, other world civilizations)