2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, Concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, B.S.

Department Chairperson - Kristi J. Smith

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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. 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;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate skills in interpreting behavior and as well as utilizing the scientific method draw conclusions about technological phenomena, and solve problems;
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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.

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.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • ENGL 300/400 3 Credits


  • ART, ENGL, MUSC, THEA 3 Credits

History/Political Science

  • HIST or PLSC 3 Credits



Information Communication Technologies

Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RLSTor PHIL 3 Credits
  • RS 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science


Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 45 Credits

Major Course Requirements

CSIT electives (200, 300, or 400 level): 6 Credits

Select 2 additional courses from the Programming, Analytical/Design, or Special Interest categories.

Total Credits in Major: 45 Credits

(Includes 3 credits in the core)

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 12 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 21 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 120 Credits

Concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Students concentrating in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics will develop the skillset required to utilize the scientific method to collect, examine, analyze and present potential evidence that has been captured in a digital format. Initially, the student will develop an understanding of criminal law and procedure, and the rules of evidence. As the thirty-three credit program of study progresses, students will apply this knowledge, along with industry standard software, to conduct practical analyses of sample data sources, and present their findings in a manner appropriate to facilitate an investigation, or as testimony before a court of law.

The completion of this concentration results in a student only needing approximately 9 credits of free electives for the degree.