CIT, Information Technology Cyber Security Specialty, Associate of Applied Science
Are you passionate about the Internet? Are you fascinated by Web and Network security? If so, San Jacinto College’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Cyber Security training can help you kick start a career in the network security field. This degree prepares students for entry-level security certifications such as Security+. It lays the ground work for higher level certifications. As an Information Technologist, you can help keep hackers, viruses, and terrorists from intruding and damaging computers and networks.
The San Jacinto College CIT curriculum:
- Is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles and techniques of information technology;
- Prepares students to work in the network security field to help keep hackers, viruses, and terrorists from intruding and damaging computers; and
- Teaches students how to safeguard computer operating systems by teaching server support skills and designing and implementing security systems.
Due to variations in requirements at four-year colleges and universities, students desiring to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science is strongly advised to consult the CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer to review the appropriate transfer degree plans to the designated university.
The CIT program is designed primarily for students seeking an Occupational Certificate, Certificate of Technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The College recommends completion of the 21-semester credit hour CIT foundations Occupational Certificate before continuing into a Certificate of Technology or AAS degree. The classes in the core CIT Occupational Certificate will apply toward most of the other CIT Certificates of Technology and AAS degrees.
Graduates who earn an AAS degree or Certificate of Technology in CIT Cyber Security typically pursue careers as:
- Information Technology security officers,
- Network Operations Specialists,
- VPN Engineers, and
- Chief Security Officers.
For more information, students may contact South campus, 281-929-4603 or North campus, 281-998-6350, x7242.
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The Computer Information Technology (CIT) 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 CIT certificates in three semesters and the AAS degrees in as few as four semesters. 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 semester 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 Network Administration, Information Technology Cyber Security, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, Cloud Computing, and Web Applications Development.
- In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware (installing, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading) and software support (installing and configuring) or one with focus on installing, configuring, and maintaining computer networks. This program of study prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ exams as well as other widely recognized industry certifications. Support and network graduates are invaluable in keeping businesses running smoothly.
- The Cloud Computing program provides individuals education, training, the knowledge, skills, and concepts necessary to serve as a cloud support technician. Upon completion of the program, students will develop the fundamental skills necessary to support and manage infrastructure and workloads on cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
- The Cyber Security program prepares students for entry level security certifications such as Security+. It lays the ground work for higher level certifications. As an Information Technologist, you can help keep hackers, viruses, and terrorists from intruding and damaging computers and networks.
- 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 Applications Development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, web-based applications development, and website 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.
Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.
Information Technology Cyber Security
With the Information Technology Cyber Security certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, graduates can work in the network cyber security field to help keep hackers, viruses, and terrorists from intruding and damaging computers. Common job titles include: Information Technology Security Officer, Network Operations Specialist, VPN Engineer, Cybercrime analyst, Incident & intrusion analyst , IT auditor. Information security analyst, Penetration tester, and Data Recovery Professional.
Plan of Study
|Introduction to PC Operating Systems
|Integrated Software Applications I
or ITCC 1314
|Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
or CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
|Information Technology Security
or ITSC 1307
|Linux Installation and Configuration
or UNIX Operating System I
|Programming Logic and Design
|Introduction to Database
|Operating System Security
|Select one of the following:
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
or ITNW 1309
|Implementing and Supporting Servers
or Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
|Firewalls and Network Security
|Security Management Practices
|Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)
|Select one of the following:
|Introduction to Speech Communication
|Business and Professional Speech
|Incident Response and Handling
|Computer System Forensics
|Network Defense and Countermeasures
or ENGL 1302
|Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History
Capstone Experience: ITSY 2345 Network Defense and Countermeasures
**Students must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in order to graduate: Math level 8.