Information Systems Technology Associate in Science

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Networking to you isn’t about making small talk; it’s about making wide area networks hum with data. Hone your skills with the creation and maintenance of databases that store, retrieve and manipulate data. With two specializations, you can either learn programming concepts or prepare yourself to obtain your B.S. in Information Systems Technology at Seminole State.

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Getting Started: Fall 2020 12W Session

Aug. 17:   Financial Aid

Sept. 9:   Application

Sept. 14:   Classes Begin

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  • Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
  • Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
  • Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want. 
  • Seamless transitionMost A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect™ to UCF.*
  • Job Placement: According to state data, most Seminole State A.S. programs have placement rates above 90 percent.

*A.S. students who are planning to transfer to bachelor's degree programs should meet with a counselor, advisor or specialist to make sure the required courses are taken and the entry requirements are met.

Additional Information

Information Systems Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : IST-AS
CIP: 1511100112
Educational Pathway: IST-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Information Systems Technology provides students the skills and knowledge required to administer and manage local and wide area networks in multiple environments. Students in this high-demand career will have experience in desktops, servers, virtualization, cloud computing and security. The Information Systems Technology A.S. program features four specializations: Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Microsoft Server Administration and AS to BS (IST). 

Cloud Computing Specialization: This specialization provides students with the fundamentals of cloud computing while learning how to work in these environments.

Cyber Security Specialization: This specialization provides students with the principles and best practices in cybersecurity to protect and secure valuable information systems.

Microsoft Server Administration Specialization: This specialization provides students with the skills necessary to operate and manage the server infrastructure in a networked environment.

AS to BS (IST) Specialization: This specialization provides students with the technical background as well as the general education courses needed for the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology.

Available Courses
Required Courses
18
This course is an introduction to network maintenance and repair. Preventative maintenance and diagnosis of the microcomputer will be emphasized along with basic-to-advanced troubleshooting skills. Software and hardware tools will be used and evaluated in class. Preventative maintenance, upgrades, system diagnostics, configuration files, power, memory, drives, input/output (I/O), modems, communications, printing and how these topics interact in the network will be examined. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to computer networks and operating systems. Computer components are identified and their functions explained. Operating system functions include command execution, disk drive operations, file maintenance, directory maintenance, batch files and system configurations. Network topics include proper logging in, logging out, network security and network questions and solutions. Operating typical business software such as word processing, spreadsheets and database management of a network will be introduced. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to prepare the student to apply and understand the basics of networking. The course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes. This is the first part of a four-part series designed to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Lab fee required.
This course covers the basic concepts of computer programming. Students use a structured approach using the Java programming language to design and program logic techniques such as iteration, initialization, conditional processing, accumulation and sequencing. Also considered are programming style and program efficiency. Logic techniques and data formats are illustrated using high level programming languages. This class utilizes classroom lecture and hands-on programming exercises. A working knowledge of the Windows PC including starting programs, saving files and copying files is required. Lab fee required.
This course examines the principles, mechanisms and implementation of network security and data protection. The topics presented will help students gain the fundamentals of network security and explain what happens behind the scenes and from the point of view of a computer. Topics include definition and use of password crackers, operating system exploits, what is a Hacker, IP Spoofing, Session Hijacking, Denial of Service attacks (DOS), Buffer Overloads, general concepts of password security, how to create a company-wide security policy, how to perform security audits and how to recover from such attacks. Lab fee required.
This course prepares the student to install and configure Windows 10 in single server and enterprise environments. The student will learn to install and implement Windows 10, configure and support services, and manage and maintain the Windows 10 environment. Additionally, this course prepares students for the Microsoft Exam 70-698.
Elective Courses
18

Choose 18 credits of elective courses from one of the following specializations:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Microsoft Server Administration 
  • AS to BS (IST)
18
Credits

Cloud Computing Specialization

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills, knowledge and tools needed to effectively manage projects with special emphasis on the unique challenges of the computing and information technology industries. The course will cover all nine areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project management instruction.
This course is designed to prepare the student to apply and understand the basics of routing and switching. The course describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), virtual LANs and inter-V. This is the second of a four-part series designed to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Lab fee required.
In this course, students learn the concepts and capabilities of virtual architecture with a focus on the installation, configuration and management of a VMware virtual infrastructure. This course covers fundamentals of virtual network design and implementation, fundamentals of storage area networks, virtual switching, virtual management and engineering for high availability.
This course addresses all of the concepts, terminology and technology covered in the installation, storage and computing of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, and it provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on practice with virtual labs for a complete learning experience. Through this course students can prepare for the 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam.
In this course students will apply the skills required to evaluate and implement standard deployments. Students will implement, maintain and deliver cloud technologies including network, storage and virtualization technologies to create cloud solutions. Students solutions and ensure security of cloud implementations through the use of cybersecurity best practices. In addition, this course prepares students to pass the CompTIA Cloud+ exam and earn the corresponding certification.
This course is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing and support.

Microsoft Server Administration Specialization

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills, knowledge and tools needed to effectively manage projects with special emphasis on the unique challenges of the computing and information technology industries. The course will cover all nine areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project management instruction.
This course is designed to prepare the student to apply and understand the basics of routing and switching. The course describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), virtual LANs and inter-V. This is the second of a four-part series designed to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Lab fee required.
This course addresses all of the concepts, terminology and technology covered in the installation, storage and computing of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, and it provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on practice with virtual labs for a complete learning experience. Through this course students can prepare for the 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam.
This course is the first of three courses designed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The course covers implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.
This course is the second of three courses designed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The course covers implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.
This course is the final of three courses designed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The course covers implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

Cyber Security Specialization

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills, knowledge and tools needed to effectively manage projects with special emphasis on the unique challenges of the computing and information technology industries. The course will cover all nine areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project management instruction.
This course is designed to prepare the student to apply and understand the basics of routing and switching. The course describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), virtual LANs and inter-V. This is the second of a four-part series designed to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Lab fee required.
This course examines in great depth the principles, mechanisms and implementation of network security and data protection. Students learn to understand the topics Cipher Block Mode, Key Distribution methodology, Public Key Infrastructure, Kerberos, X.509 Directory Security, IP/Web/Email Security, SLS (Secured Sockets Layer), PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and Network Security Management from both an internal and external security reference. Basic networking concepts and security principles required. Lab fee required.
In this course students will apply the skills required to evaluate and implement standard deployments. Students will implement, maintain and deliver cloud technologies including network, storage and virtualization technologies to create cloud solutions. Students solutions and ensure security of cloud implementations through the use of cybersecurity best practices. In addition, this course prepares students to pass the CompTIA Cloud+ exam and earn the corresponding certification.
This course addresses all of the concepts, terminology and technology covered in the installation, storage and computing of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, and it provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on practice with virtual labs for a complete learning experience. Through this course students can prepare for the 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam.
In today's world, organizations must be prepared to defend against threats in cyberspace. Students must be familiar with the basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity to best protect their enterprises. In this course, examples from industry will be explored to give students the principles, the state of the practice and strategies for the future. Students will develop advanced skills by using ATTIVO (or similar) software to simulate real-world cyber attacks.

AS to BS (IST) Specialization

This course is a study of database design and management. Topics include the relational model, Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs), database design and normalization, query languages, multi-user and distributed databases and data warehouses.

Humanities General Education course (Area A)

3
Credits

Any CET, CIS, CNT, COP or CTS prefix course not already required

6
Credits

Social Science General Education Course:  ECO 2013 or ECO 2023

3
Credits

Any General Education course

3
Credits
General Education Courses
24
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
In this course, students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level MAC prefix course
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.
Choose 3 credits from the following list:
3
This course is a calculus preparatory course in trigonometry with emphasis upon functions. The topics include angular measure, right triangle and unit circle trigonometry, trigonometric (circular) and inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities, conditional trigonometric equations, solution of right and oblique triangles, vectors, complex numbers in trigonometric form, applications, polar coordinates and graphs and parametric equations and graphs. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course.
This is a course in precalculus algebra intended for the student who is planning to take trigonometry and the calculus sequence. Major topics include rational and other algebraic functions and their graphs, piecewise-defined functions, a review of exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, matrices and determinants, sequences and series, Mathematical Induction, the Binomial Theorem and applications. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This course may be taken concurrently with MAC 1114, Trigonometry.
This course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business-related field. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level mathematics course

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Students in the AS to BS (IST) specialization:  For this program, you will need 3 credits of Humanities from Area A and 3 credits from Area B.  3 credits are included in the AS to BS (IST) specialization courses and 3 credits are included in the general education section.

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
60
Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,538$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,590$11,088$10,300
Books and Supplies$1,000$890$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$17,860$18,626$17,879

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Profession

Information technology (IT) plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of modern life. IT professionals possess the highly valuable technical skills required to create the software, maintain the computer networks and secure and protect the information that allows companies to be competitive. Consistent demand for the services provided by these specialists has resulted in numerous, highly-lucrative domestic and international career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed as:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Analysts
  • Network Designers
  • Network Integrators

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

Considered one of Central Florida’s high-skill, high-wage professions, employment in the IT field is expected to grow by 28 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students may complete the following college credit certificates as part of the Information Systems Technology degree:

  • IP Communications Technical Certificate
  • IT Client Specialist Certificate
  • Network and IP Support Specialist Certificate

Certifications

Graduates of this program may be qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CISCO004
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security), CISCO011
  • CompTIA A+, COMPT001
  • CompTIA Convergence+, COMPT003
  • CompTIA Linux+, COMPT005
  • CompTIA Network+, COMPT006
  • CompTIA Security +, COMPT008
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) - Windows Server, MICRO046
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, MICRO013
  • Microsoft Desktop Support Technician, MICRO006
  • Professional (MCIT) Server Administrator, MICRO034

Additional industry certifications may be available for college credit certificate programs.

Degree Transfer

Seminole State’s A.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology will transfer to the College’s B.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology Program.

Contact

Information Technology Department
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Building V-102