Associate Degree in Information Technologies


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Computer Information Technology Online Degree from SNHU

Computer Information Technology Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Computer Information Technology online degree program or at one of our campuses, benefit from an IT curriculum that offers a comprehensive general education.

Advance Your Career in IT

Gain the technical knowledge and critical thinking skills you need for a career in information technology with an Associate of Science in Information Technologies from Southern New Hampshire University. You’ll develop employer-desired skills like software development, website design and data management. The associate degree program courses align with the course requirements for SNHU’s BS in Information Technologies, allowing you to easily parlay your associate degree into a bachelor’s degree.

SNHU has a large portfolio of IT degrees and courses — Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and 37 IT electives — giving you the flexibility to design a degree program that fits your needs. Because the courses are 100 percent online, you can complete coursework when it’s most convenient for you. And you’ll have the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate your mastery of IT skills with these innovative online tools:

  • Virtual desktops: Utilize state-of-the-art software and productivity tools on your computer, laptop or smartphone
  • Web-based simulations: Gain virtual “hands-on” experience with a wide variety of systems and equipment
  • Personal digital portfolio: Add to your own digital portfolio as you progress through the program to demonstrate skills to prospective employers

IT Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates of SNHU’s associate in information technology degree program learn the technical skills to qualify for a variety of entry-level IT roles. An associate degree can make a big difference in your life. The U.S. Department of Labor reports than individuals with associate degrees earn over 20% more than those with just a high school education.*
  • Visit our Career Development Center online to learn more about career opportunities in information technology.

Why Choose the Online Degree Program at SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit, fully accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you have the necessary skills and support to succeed. Students enrolled in the online IT degree program benefit from an SNHU education in so many ways:

  • One of the most affordable undergraduate information technology degrees available
  • Transfer-friendly enrollment process — we’ll accept up to 30 credits for an associate degree
  • Classes taught by industry experts with relevant experience
  • Exceptional student support — dedicated admission and academic advisors, 24/7 help desk, virtual community
  • Career advisors to help you network and interview
  • Multiple term starts throughout the year

AS in Information Technologies — Curriculum

Students enrolled in the online associate in IT degree program benefit from an IT curriculum that offers a comprehensive general education. After completion of the associate degree, you will be able to:

  • Solve fundamental technology-related problems using effective methods and tools
  • Utilize verbal and written communication skills to present findings and strategies
  • Employ strategies for maintaining and securing existing IT systems
  • Identify current and emerging tools that meet technical specifications and organizational goals

AS in Information Technologies Online Courses

General Education Requirements:

ENG-122: English Composition I
English 122 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to the various forms of academic discourse. This course focuses primarily on the basic elements of college composition and writing as a process in both narrative and analytical forms. Students will investigate the importance and promise of effective written communication in various personal and professional contexts and identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works as well as their own writing. Finally, this course prepares students for more advanced research analysis by connecting students to important avenues of research.
ENG-123: English Composition II
English 123 focuses students on the importance of research to advancing knowledge for various purposes. This course will build on the foundations of composition and introduce students to the research process and the analysis and evaluation of various sources. Students will investigate the writing process for research as well as appropriate research methods and skills. Additionally, this course offers multiple opportunities to engage in the important tasks of revision and editing and will ask students to incorporate feedback to improve their writing.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
SNHU-107: Success Strategies for Online Learning
This course focuses on student success strategies for students who are new to higher education or online learning. Skill areas include academic research and writing, effective communication in an online environment, critical thinking, self-advocacy and support services, community learning and group collaboration, and the empowerment of students to utilize their strengths in order to improve the likelihood of academic success.

Select one EFAH exploration elective
Select one ESBS exploration elective
Select two ESTM exploration elective

Major Courses:

IT-145: Foundation in Application Development
This course is an introduction to the design, implementation, and understanding of computer programs. The course emphasizes programming as a problem-solving technique in business and engineering applications. Students will write computer code in a logical, structured, and organized manner. The course also covers the key concepts of object orientation, including inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism and communication with messages. Other topics include classes and objects, base classes and class hierarchies, abstract and concrete classes. Students will learn to write, review and document interactive applications and working with Software Development Kits and Integrated Development Environment tools. Offered every year. This is a programming course and lab intense. Prerequisite or Concurrent: IT 100
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-200: Fundamentals of Information Technology
This course offers a broad introduction to the tools and applications students will need to become successful professionals in the IT environment. Students will examine the core information technologies of human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies, as well as information assurance and security.
IT-201: Computer Platform Technologies
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-204: Introduction to Data and Information Management
This course provides students with an introduction to the foundations of data and information management, centered around the core skills of data management and database organization. The course will focus on identifying organizational requirements for data and information, modeling the requirements using relational techniques, implementing the models into a database using a database management system, and understanding the issues of data quality and data security. The course will also introduce the framework of enterprise information management and the growing need for managing data and information in organizations effectively to support decision making and competitive advantage.
IT-210: Business Systems Analysis and Design
This course provides students with the necessary level of information technology education relative to understanding the uses and roles of information systems in business organizations. Students receive instruction on the information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application to the solution of business problems. Students learn the major issues of managing information technology in the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizations' structures and information technology. Team approaches are utilized along with structured computer laboratories and cases using spreadsheet and database management tools. Writing intensive course.
IT-270: Web Site Design
This course serves as an introduction to creating interactive pages for the World Wide Web. Specifically, it will survey Internet concepts, network protocols and client-server communications. The course covers HTML, the language of the World Wide Web; the Document Object Model (DOM), essential to creating and manipulating elements of a Web page under program control; CSS, the syntax for building consistent styles and appearances across Web pages; and JavaScript, the programming language that cements the various technologies together to facilitate dynamic interactive elements. Offered every year.
IT-340: Network and Telecommunication Management
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
CIS-201 or IT-201 and CIS-200 or IT-210
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.
OL-125: Human Relations in Administration
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.

Free Elective Credits: 9

Total Credits: 60

Transfer of Credit

If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 30 transferred academic credits toward an Associate Degree and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

SNHU's online degree programs meet the needs of today's students while ensuring educational quality and real-world applicability. Contact us to learn more about the SNHU difference.