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Degree type: Bachelor, Associate, Minor
The advantage for Information Technology students at Mount Aloysius is exposure to today’s technology, coupled with hands-on experiences that illustrate to students where that technology is going, then preparing them for those destinations.
The IT program at Mount Aloysius offers an exciting collection of concentrations including:
- Business Analyst Concentration
- Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (CYDF)
Students will develop a broad understanding of microcomputer and network design concepts, operating systems, and installation configuration–all focused on preparation for a great career as an IT professional. By gaining real-world experience during their studies, MAC Information Technology graduates are well-prepared for the workforce.
Information Technology never operates in a vacuum. Students become familiar with real-life contexts like corporate digital infrastructure, healthcare, and the growing security concerns that touch every aspect of our modern world.
- Hands-on experience with a dedicated lab for IT majors
Evening, online and accelerated courses available
Instruction from professionals in specialized fields
Provides career flexibility to specialize or explore various IT areas
Ability to adapt curriculum to changing technological advances
- Computer and Information Research Scientists*
- Computer Network Architects*
- Computer Programmers*
- Computer Support Specialists*
- Computer Systems Analysts*
- Database Administrators*
- Information Security Analysts*
- Network and computer systems administrators*
- Software Developers*
- Web Developers*
- CSIT 206B – Database Management Systems 3 Credits
- CSIT 223 – Introduction to Networking Systems 3 Credits
- CSIT 225 – Current Microcomputer System Design 3 Credits
- CSIT 226 – Microcomputer Operating Environment 3 Credits
- CSIT 228 – Client/Server-based Operating Systems 3 Credits
- CSIT 229 – Introduction to GNU/LINUX 3 Credits
- CSIT 345 – Information Technology Internship 3-12 Credits (3 Credits Required)
- CSIT 402 – IT Research 3 Credits (satisfies core requirement)
Internship sites include Precision Business Solutions; Sheetz; Windber Medical Center; Concurrent Technologies; Local School Districts; the FBI; other Federal government agencies; and consulting firms.
Requests for IT interns continue to exceed the number of students available for internships.
Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $82,860 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.*
The following content labels and related descriptions delineate the areas of development expected as a result of completing the program:
- Knowledge Base in Information Technology – Students will demonstrate breadth and depth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how technical principles apply to information technology problems;
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate skills in interpreting behavior and as well as utilizing the scientific method to draw conclusions about technological phenomena, and solve problems;
- Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World – Students will demonstrate familiarity with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in information technology, and explain values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns;
- Communication – Students will demonstrate the ability to write a cogent scientific argument, present information in a professional manner, engage in discussion of technological concepts, and express their own ideas with clarity, as well as produce original programming source code and / or other technical projects; and
- Professional Development – Students will be able to demonstrate the application of information technology-specific content and skills, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation to succeed in post baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school.
Coding Against Crime
Want to learn in a cutting edge cybersecurity lab from faculty that have worked in the field, not just in the classroom?
MAC Welcomes International Students
Zainab Alalshaikh can now call Saudi Arabia and Mount Aloysius home after graduating with a degree in Information Technology.
Straight from the Classroom to Quantico
When he landed an internship with the FBI, Bryan quickly learned the value of a MAC education.
Internships That Count
Bryan Buzi impressed a huge IT consulting firm during his Information Technology program internship and landed a full-time career!
Student Voices & Success Stories
- Carter Lehman, 2013, is a Senior Auditor at Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh
- Jon Williams, 2017, Computer Investigative Forensic Analyst, IRS-CI, Electronics Crimes Technology Support Center. Jon enrolled in the Bachelor Science IT program specifically for the Digital Forensics Concentration. He had already earned a BA degree and, at the time, was concurrently enrolled in a Master’s program, which he completed in 2016.
- Bryan Jordan, 2017, Information Technology Specialist – Forensic Examiner, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bryan, concentrating in Digital Forensics, interned during the summer with the FBI, then continued the analytical work while completing his degree.
- Michael Viveros, 2016, Software Engineer, Net Health. Michael shares his expertise by returning as a guest speaker for database classes and serving on the Business Information Technology department advisory council.
- Chris Scoran, 2016, Technologist, Precision Business Solutions. Chris interned with the IT management and security solution provider, who then offered him a career position. He was recently awarded a Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship for the summer of 2017.
- Bethany Helsel, 2014, Associate Programmer, Sheetz Inc., Since being hired as a Programmer after graduating in May 2014, Bethany was recognized for performance and has been promoted to her current position as Associate Programmer.