CIT, Computer Information Technology Foundations, Occupational Certificate
The Computer Information Technology (CIT) Foundation certificate is the recommended for students entering the CIT field. After earning the 21 hours for the certificate, students are eligible to continue their studies toward other certificates and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
The Computer Information Technology program is designed primarily for students seeking an occupational certificate, certificate of technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students can expect to complete most certificates in less than one year and degrees in as little as two years. For those students who have already fulfilled general education requirements, it may be possible to finish degree course work even sooner. It is generally recommended that students complete the 21 credit hour computer information technology (CIT) foundations occupational certificate before continuing into a certificate of technology or AAS degree. Most courses in this occupational certificate will apply toward the other CIT certificates and AAS degrees.
The CIT curriculum provides the graduate with the knowledge and in-demand applied technical skills needed to enter computer-related occupations in the business/industry job market. Certificates and AAS degrees are available in the following areas: Applications Programming, Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, Information Technology Security, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, and Web Applications Development.
- The Applications Programming Specialty is for students interested in writing computer programs, both stand-alone and web-based, in languages such as C++ and Java. Emphasis is placed on solving business-related computer problems through programming techniques and procedures, using appropriate languages and software.
- In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware and software support or one with focus on the installation and maintenance of networks. Students will be exposed to current tools and techniques for implementing solutions for customers in network environments.
- The Simulation and Game Design program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, or multimedia programming.
- In the Network Administration Cisco specialty, emphasis is on the design, implementation, and administration of local and wide area router networks.
- The Web application development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, development, and administration.
The CIT industry certification program is intended for students with industry experience in one or more of the following areas of study: beginning network administration, Cisco, and advanced information technology security. These certificates enable students to supplement their current job skills and obtain industry certifications, if desired. Each industry certificate consists of only the courses required to obtain a specific certification.
Note for transfer students: Due to variations in requirements at four year colleges and universities, students desiring a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are strongly advised to consult a CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer. This communication regarding transfer degree plans with both computer department heads will help to ensure the transition process is as smooth as possible. The Computer Science Field of Study located elsewhere in the catalog may also be appropriate.
Plan of Study
|ITSC 1309||Integrated Software Applications I||3|
|ITSC 1305||Introduction to PC Operating Systems||3|
|ITSC 1325||Personal Computer Hardware||3|
or ITCC 1314
|Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
or CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
|ITSC 1321||Intermediate PC Operating Systems||3|
or ITSE 1331
|Programming Logic and Design
or Introduction to Visual BASIC Programming
|ITSY 1342||Information Technology Security||3|
Capstone Experience: ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware