Associate Degree in Information Technologies

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Computer Information Technology Online Degree from SNHU

Computer Information Technology Curriculum

Students enrolled n 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. At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll develop employer-desired skills like software development, web site design and data management. This degree program prepares you to pursue a BS or BA in Information Technologies at SNHU.

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. Whether you enroll in the online IT degree program or at any of our five regional campuses, you'll benefit from an SNHU education in so many ways:

  • Choose how you want to learn — online, campus-based or a combination
  • Exceptional student support — dedicated admission and academic advisors, 24/7 help desk, virtual community
  • Transfer-friendly enrollment process — we'll accept up to 30 credits for an associate degree
  • Classes taught by industry experts with relevant experience
  • Multiple term starts throughout the year
  • Career advisors to help you network and interview
  • Offered by the only university on Fast Company's 2012 World's Most Innovative Companies list

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 that 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.

AS in Information Technologies — Curriculum

Students enrolled in the online associate in IT degree program or at one of our campuses 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.
Prerequisites:
ENG-122
IT-100: Introduction to Information Technology
This is the fundamental computer fluency course required for all Southern New Hampshire University students. It is designed to promote a working knowledge and understanding of computer information technology concepts, skills and capabilities that support academic and professionally related goals and requirements. Students learn about the application and science of information technology. Concepts to master include the fundamentals of computer information technologies along with issues that affect people today such as : Internet and other network technologies, web publishing, digital media, hardware, software, file and database management, information security, viruses, and spyware, social impact, as well as algorithmic thinking and the limits of computation. Students develop capabilities such a managing complexity, assessing the quality of information, collaborating and communicating using IT, anticipating technological change and thinking abstractly and critically about IT. Students develop computer-related skills in support of their college studies and career goals. This is accomplished, in part, by the mastery of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
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.

EFAH exploration elective
ESBS exploration elective
ESTM exploration elective

Major Courses:

IT-145: Intro to Software Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the object-oriented programming paradigm. The course uses the Java programming language, which is totally object-oriented language, and the Java development environment to demonstrate the principles of object-oriented programming. Other languages, including Smalltalk, may be used for comparison. The course covers the Java language and the Java development environment, including the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tools. 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. Offered every year. This is a programming course.
Prerequisites:
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.
Prerequisites:
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-204: Intro 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.
Prerequisites:
IT-135 or IT-145
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.
Prerequisites:
CIS-201 or IT-201 and CIS-200 or IT-210
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.

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