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Degree type: Bachelor, Associate, Minor
Students taking Information Technology coursework at Mount Aloysius get exposed to the latest technology, using virtualized hardware and software tools for a unique hands-on experience. Short-term coursework for certification preparation is also available.
The IT program at Mount Aloysius offers an exciting concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (CYDF) as well as onsite and remote internship opportunities to apply their skills.
Mount Aloysius faculty have years of experience working in IT, digital forensics, cybersecurity, programming, technical support, web development and many other areas. Cybersecurity is embedded into every class we teach so that students are aware and prepared to deal with cyber threats in the future. Communication and writing skills are also required as part of the IT program so that students are well prepared to be successful in the workforce.
- 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 101 – Computer Science Principles 3 Credits
- CSIT 201 – Cybersecurity Fundamentals 3 Credits
- CSIT 206B – Database Management Systems 3 Credits
- CSIT 223 – Introduction to Networking Systems 3 Credits
- CSIT 225 – PC Architecture and System Design 3 Credits
- CSIT 226 – PC 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)
Required internships provide hands on, real world industry experience. Internships often become employment opportunities upon graduation.
Internship sites include the Center for International Cyber Intelligence, Precision Business Solutions; Sheetz; government agencies; and consulting firms. Remote internship opportunities are available.
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.*
- Knowledge Base in Information Technology -Students will demonstrate knowledge of core computing concepts.
- Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate critical thinking and analytical reasoning to solve information technology problems.
- Ethical and Social Responsibility – Students will demonstrate familiarity with ethical and global impacts of technology on society.
- Communication – Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally and to collaborate within a team setting.
- Professional experience: Students will gain real-world experience using current software, industry tools, simulations and outcome-based projects.
*Basic level for A.S. degree and Advanced level for B.S. degree
Straight from the Classroom to Quantico
When he landed an internship with the FBI, Bryan quickly learned the value of a MAC education.
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?
Internships That Count
Bryan Buzi impressed a huge IT consulting firm during his Information Technology program internship and landed a full-time career!
MAC Welcomes International Students
Zainab Alalshaikh can now call Saudi Arabia and Mount Aloysius home after graduating with a degree in Information Technology.
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.