Computer and Information Technology Department

James Boardman, Chair
Phone: (607) 587-3454; Email: boardmjh@alfredstate.edu

The Computer and Information Technology (CIT) department offers both associate and bachelor degrees. The CIT department offers the following associate degrees: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in computer information systems, and an Associate of Science (AS) in computer science. Students who earn the computer information systems degree may continue in any of the department's four Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree programs. The computer science degree program is primarily designed to allow students to transfer into a college that offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in computer science; however, after completing their first year of study, computer science students have the opportunity to transfer into either our computer information systems AAS degree or into one of our four BTech degrees.

The department offers four Bachelor of Technology degree programs in network administration, applications software development, web development, and information security and assurance. Our programs are designed to allow for employment in the rapidly expanding computer and information technology industry. Students may enter these programs as freshman or transfer in as juniors from related associate degree programs. Articulation agreements have been developed with several community colleges to facilitate transfers. All of our degree programs provide our students with a solid foundation in the four core areas of information technology: application programming, web programming, network administration, and information security. At the end of their sophomore year, students are then allowed to select the BTech degree that best matches their academic interests. Our degrees incorporate the latest technology, including mobile application development, secure software development, life cycle processes, cloud computing, wireless networking, and neural programming. Our programs also stress the soft skills so necessary in the working environment by requiring students to take courses in business management, technical writing, speech, business communications, project management, and business accounting.

FACILITIES

Laboratories - Students are allowed 24-hour access to labs equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware. Our laboratories provide students with ample hands-on experience, giving them a considerable edge in the highly competitive computer and information technology job market. Our labs are constantly being updated to keep current with advancing technology.

The college has an academic license for VMWare software products, so students, using the latest version of VMWare Workstation, can run multiple guest virtual machines on our powerful lab computers, creating complex layered virtual networks that can be directly connected to any of our lab's network equipment. The department has a blade server with 128 gigabytes of RAM and a 12 terabyte storage array. We employ the latest VMWare enterprise software to manage our blade server and create a private cloud infrastructure dedicated to our students.

The college has an academic license for all Microsoft software, which allows students free access to the latest enterprise network operating systems, latest enterprise security software, and latest application software. The department has a Cisco Certified Academy so our network lab contains a full complement of Cisco routers, switches, and wireless access points. Being a Cisco Academy allows our instructors to freely access all Cisco advanced networking software. As a certified academy, the department has three Cisco-certified instructors to teach the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CCNA Security curricula. Additionally, the network lab contains a full complement of network security equipment to include Cisco Adaptive Security firewalls, Juniper application firewalls, Juniper routers, Juniper SSL VPN concentrators and Oracle blade server. The department also has a certified Juniper academy and VMWare IT academy. All of our networking equipment is professionally installed on 19-inch racks with multiple patch panels, which allows our students to easily design and implement complex client/server network and security architectures. The department has an academic license with Oracle, allowing students and professors access to over $750,000 worth of software. Additionally our lab computers are installed with the latest Web development software to include the very expensive Adobe Creative Suite 6.0. We also have a dedicated systems laboratory used for teaching microcomputer configuration. The department manages a Pearson VUE, Prometric and Certified Internet Web Professional certification testing center. The testing center allows IT students to obtain professional certifications in all areas of information technology.

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

Computer Information Systems (AAS)

Computer Science (AS)

Information Security and Assurance (BTech)

Information Technology: Applications Software Development (BTech)

Information Technology: Network Administration (BTech)

Information Technology: Web Development (BTech)