The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IT) Degree at Mount Aloysius College is designed to provide a strong foundation in networking, programming, database management and related areas. The IT program is focused on the acquisition of theory and technical competencies associated with the IT profession. The curriculum presents a fundamental knowledge of both the function and development of information systems by providing a broad range of IT coursework, including vendor-certification training and hands-on courses. The program design is based on present and probable future characteristics of the information technology professions, emphasizing the essential knowledge, skill, and professional attitude needed by beginning professionals in the fields of web development, network and systems administration, programming, computer support, systems analysis and database administration. In addition, all students are encouraged to pursue a minor in the discipline of their choice.
The following content labels and related descriptions delineate the areas of development expected as a result of completing the program:
1. Fundamental Knowledge - Students will demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of core cybersecurity principles.
2. Cyber Defense - Students will demonstrate knowledge of threat mitigation and will demonstrate the ability to apply cyber defense methods to a system to repel attacks.
3. Digital Forensics - Students will demonstrate knowledge in the rules, laws, policies, and procedures that affect digital forensics and demonstrate the ability to use one or more common digital forensic investigation tools.
4. Media Analysis - Students will describe methods and approaches for forensic analysis on specified media, and demonstrate the ability to extract and analyze recovered data using a variety of forensically-sound techniques.
5. Device and Network Analysis - Students will demonstrate the ability to use common tools to analyze and decipher network traffic, identify anomalous or malicious activity, and provide a summary of the effects on the system.
While not required for Information Technology majors, concentrations have been developed for students pursuing specific career goals. Three concentrations, requiring between fifteen and thirty-three credits, are offered. In addition, a Digital Forensic Investigation Certificate program is available for Licensed Law Enforcement Officers.
The dual Bachelor of Science/Masters of Business Administration (4+1) program is an option for especially well qualified students. This special program makes it possible to earn both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees in less time than normally would be required to complete both. This option is available for students in the undergraduate Accounting, Business Administration and Information Technology programs. Interested students should contact their undergraduate department chair or academic advisor no later than the sophomore year for information. Typically, students take one graduate level MBA course during the fall and spring of their senior year. Students then have their Bachelor of Science degrees conferred upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements. Students seamlessly matriculate into the graduate degree the following semester. Upon completion of 30 additional MBA credits, students will have their Master of Business Administration degree conferred.