2024-2025 College Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Computer Information Technology/Cyber Defense Concentration (A.A.S.)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Accreditation. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66221, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org.

Program description. The Computer Information Technology (CIT) program encompasses related disciplines in these general concentrations: Cyber Defense, Networking , and Programming . Students who major in CIT study and gain experience with a variety of systems, applications, languages, products and hardware. Graduates of any of the three concentrations will benefit from sustained growth in demand for highly skilled information technology workers. The concentrations allow for maximum flexibility within the curriculum while ensuring students have adequate credentials in a particular segment of the information technology field. In addition, all CIT students complement their studies with a 135-hour internship at a selected site, which allows students to gain on-the-job experience prior to graduation. All students must take the Brainbench examination in order to fulfill graduation requirements; Brainbench awards certification to students with a passing score.

Cyber Defense concentration. This concentration offers a core curriculum that is designed to provide the academic and technical background to prepare students for a career in cyber security and digital forensics. Students have an opportunity to learn how to secure computer networks in order to help prevent security breaches from cyber terrorists or other intruders. The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop strong critical thinking skills and to learn by doing in a hands-on lab environment, along with real world internship experience.

Typical job opportunities: Computer support professional, information assurance analyst, security systems administrator, IT security technician, computer forensics technician/investigator

Program outcomes. Upon completion of a Computer Information Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Apply professional written or oral communication processes within an individual or team-based business environment.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers, related equipment, and resources which are real-world based and represent current and emerging trends in the information technology employment field.
  3. Apply terminology and numeric or system concepts associated with the information technology field.
  4. Demonstrate the use of appropriate current application or system software.
  5. Implement solutions in a computer programming or scripting language.
  6. Demonstrate the process of planning, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting a computer system environment.

Exit Testing. Students completing the CIT program are required to take the College’s general competency exam and a CIT competency exam as part of the Graduation Requirements . Instructions on when and where to take the CIT competency exam are mailed after the student completes the application for graduation. Students not complying with the required testing will not graduate.

Contact(s): Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656

Courses and Course Sequence

This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60-61

1COMM 2025  or COMM 2045  
Computer Information Technology students are strongly encouraged to take COMM 2045 .
2BUSN 2510  
Computer Information Technology students must complete the 3-credit hour course.
See the General Education  section of this Catalog for electives.  Computer Information Technology students are strongly encouraged to take either PHIL 1040  or PHIL 1300  as a Humanities/Fine Arts elective.
4CITC 2399  
To enroll in this Internship course, students must (1) be in pursuit of an A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Technology with a Cyber Defense concentration; (2) be enrolled in the last semester in which the student will graduate; (3) have a minimum 2.5 GPA in CIT courses and an overall minimum 2.0 GPA; and (4) have completed and submitted the Internship application to the BCT internship coordinator prior to enrollment in the course and beginning of the term.