Information Systems Technology Bachelor of Science

Plug into the knowledge needed to power ahead to a high-demand career in information systems technology. This four-year program offers comprehensive education in the subjects you’ll need to master computer systems of all complexities, and if programming or network security is your main interest, specialty tracks are available that focus on these important subcategories of IT.

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Why Seminole State?

  • Industry-driven curriculum: The courses were developed with input from the regional business community and economic development agencies and are focused on new and emerging technologies, such as information security, cybersecurity and mobile handheld devices.
  • High-tech facilities: Classrooms and labs are equipped with the latest hardware and software from Microsoft and Apple. Cisco wired and wireless networking labs are available.
  • Online degree option: The degree is offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want. 
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials. 
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.
  • Small class sizes: Seminole State's small classes allow more personal attention. Most classes have fewer than 30 students.

Information Systems Technology Bachelor of Science
Type: BS
Major Code : IST-BS
CIP: 1101101034

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (B.S.I.S.T.) degree program provides students with the critical skills and knowledge required to direct and control computerized information resources within diverse organizational settings. The study of Information Systems Technology provides professionals with the expertise and knowledge to support the design, planning and management of information infrastructures, as well as coordinate information resources. The curriculum provides knowledge of the concepts upon which information systems are based and applies this understanding by analyzing applications to real-world problems and designing suitable solutions. The B.S.I.S.T. degree program addresses the need for information systems technology professionals with systems management and development expertise. The student can elect to take the Security Track which is aligned with the specific task expected of today's network security professional. The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Technology consists of 120 credits, including 36 credits of General Education courses.

Program Admission

Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures.  In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:

  • Completion of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or completion of selected Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees from any regionally accredited Florida institution:
    • A.S., Information Systems Technology (CIP 1507030401)
    • A.S., Computer Information Technology (CIP 1507030600)
    • A.S., Computer Programming and Analysis (CIP 1507030500)
    • A.S., Computer Programming and Analysis Web Programming Specialization (CIP 1507030500)
    • A.S., Network Services Technology (CIP 1507030401)

    All other degrees will be evaluated by the faculty committee on a case-by-case basis.

  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Program progression requirements: once admitted, students must achieve (or have achieved) a grade of "C" or higher in the following courses:
    • Programming and Cyber Security Specializations:
      • CET 1179 Network Concepts and Operating Systems 
      • CET 1600C Cisco Networking Fundamentals (Net+) 
      • CGS 2545C Database Management 
      • COP 1000 Principles of Computer Programming 
      • ECO 2023 Principles of Economics (MACRO) or ECO 2013 Principles of Economics (MICRO) 
      • MAC 1105 College Algebra or higher 
      • STA 2023 Statistical Methods or MAC 1114 or higher level mathematics course 
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Available Courses
Required Courses
39
This course provides an introduction to computer taxonomy, description languages, conventional computer architecture, microprogramming, instruction sets, I/O techniques, memory, survey of non-conventional architecture and software interfaces.
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 is a study of the fundamental concepts, structures and organization of operating systems. It includes the study of processes, threads, multi-tasking, concurrency and deadlocks, memory management and file management.
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.
This course provides an introduction and overview of security issues for organizational and institutional computing. Physical, software and computing systems security will be discussed. Students will be required to perform introductory security analyses, write code to automate some security preparedness tasks and set up a protection scheme for a simple PC computer.
Students will develop on an information systems project working in teams. The project will include analysis, design, development, testing and implementation. Teams will create and present a project proposal, design documentation, test plan and implementation plan to make the information system operational. Note: Students must complete this capstone course with a grade of "C" or higher as a graduation requirement for the IST-BS degree.
In this course, students will study architectures, protocols and layers in distributed communication networks and develop client-server applications. Topics include the OSI and TCP/IP models, transmission fundamentals, flow and error control, switching and routing, local and wide-area networks, wireless networks and client-server models. Students will extend course topics via programming assignments, library assignments and other requirements.
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 is an in-depth study of database management systems. The course focuses on the relational database which is the most common model used by businesses. Key topics include an overview of database systems, database design, the relational model, physical design, indexing, transaction management, concurrency management, recovery and tuning. In addition, some non-relational topics will be addressed such as data warehousing, decision support and data mining databases.
This course applies basic mathematical logic skills and foundations used in computer science and information systems technology. It is designed for students in a major of IT or IST and includes logic rules, tautologies, Boolean algebra, set theory, mathematical induction and other topics of discrete computational analysis.
Course topics include the structured design and development of information systems. Quality control, security and testing will be emphasized in the information systems lifecycle.
This course covers how to properly manage IT projects, including technology-specific issues and concerns. The focus of the course is on how IT projects are managed and the tools and techniques that are unique to these projects.
Elective Courses

Choose from 1 of the following Specializations:

  • Cyber Security
  • Programming

Cyber Security Specialization

31

Prerequisite courses for the Cyber Security Specialization

7
Credits
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 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.

or

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform installation, post-installation, configuration and day-to-day administrative tasks in enterprise systems in single domain or multiple domain environments using Windows 8.

Cyber Security Specialization

24
Credits
This course provides topics in issues of security vulnerabilities and protection. Instruction includes hands-on laboratories to apply techniques and tools. Also included are current issues that impact personal and corporate computing.
This is an introductory-level course in telephony technology. The telephony environment, tele-management, telephony connectivity and services of telephony will be covered.
This course covers the issues of providing computer security in an enterprise environment. Students will learn the threats to any enterprise and how to properly address these threats with an appropriate response.
This course covers the intricacies of providing security in cloud-based computing. Students will learn how to provide a sturdy and stable framework to secure their organization's piece of the cloud through consideration of alternate approaches, such as private vs. public clouds, SAAS vs IAAS and loss of control and trust.
Students in this course will study wireless and emerging network technologies. They will examine the effects of mobility on network issues such as architecture, security, privacy, file systems, resource discovery, resource management (including energy usage), personal online identities and other areas. Students will acquire hands-on experience with mobile and sensor platforms.
This course covers the issues of providing information security for mobile devices in our ever-changing corporate environment. As each generation of portable electronic devices and storage media becomes smaller, higher in capacity and easier to transport, it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect the data on these devices while still enabling their productive use in the workplace.
In this course students will examine computer network goals, models and designs for both local-area and wide-area networks with specific emphasis on internetworking principles. They will evaluate current network technologies and use these in the planning of a network. Through simulation techniques and graph and queuing theory, students will plan the capacity of a network and analyze its performance.

Upper or Lower Division Electives

14
Credits
This course covers management processes and procedures for planning, implementation and operation of information systems with an emphasis on operational management. The course stresses the relationship between the strategic and operational planning of information systems.

Programming Specialization

27

Prerequisite courses for the Programming Specialization

9
Credits
This course provides an introduction to object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. Students will design, build, test and debug computer applications that utilize classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism and interfaces. Lab fee required.
In this course the student will learn the more advanced features of the Java programming language and object-oriented programming. Advanced Java applications will be created that utilize graphical user interfaces, data structures, databases, multithreading, Internet communications and multimedia. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.

Programming Specialization

18
Credits
Software development concepts are introduced in the context of hands-on project implementation. SDLC, version control, design with UML, documentation, testing, 2 and 3-tier architecture.
A continuation of Software Development I (CEN 3024) with larger and more complex projects. Enterprise-level applications are covered, including distributed and web-based systems using n-tier architecture.
Professional-level database access from object-oriented systems, including complex SQL queries and stored procedures. Use of object-relational frameworks. Hands-on exercises with current RDBMS software.
This course addresses approaches and issues associated with integration of software subsystems and components into one system and ensures that the subsystems function together as a software system.
Students will study the most widely used mobile development environments used by businesses. A hands-on environment will be provided by implementing a common solution using multiple development environments and multiple devices.
This course covers the development of distributed multi-tier, web-based applications using the Java programming language. The use of the current Java Platform and Enterprise Edition (EE) platform will be integral to this process. Key topics include Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), web services, profiles, servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP).

Upper or Lower Division Electives

18
Credits
Foundation Courses
Foundation courses may be applied towards elective and certain General Education requirements
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.
or higher level course in computer operating systems
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.
or higher level course in networking fundamentals
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.
or higher level course in database management and/or systems
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.
or higher level programming course in the following computer languages: JAVA, C++, C# or Visual Basic
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
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 Statistics course
or
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.
Choose 1 economics course:
This is an introductory course covering the nature, scope and methods of economics, economic concepts and economic institutions. Emphasis is placed upon production, consumption, determination of prices, distribution of income, fiscal policy, national income determinants, money and banking and comparative economic systems. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
or
This course deals primarily with economic problems. Emphasis is given to markets, production functions, economic role of government, agricultural problems, labor-management relations, imperfect competition, interest and capital, economic security, international trade and finance and economic development. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
General Education Courses
36

Communications General Education courses

9
Credits

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education courses

6
Credits

Mathematics General Education courses

6
Credits
Science General Education courses
6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses

6
Credits
Total Credits:
120
Note:

Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.  Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.” 

Note:

Prerequisites including ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAC 1105, MAC 1114, STA 2023 may meet certain General Education requirements.

Note:

Students must meet General Education requirements. Students awarded an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree or who have official transcripts documenting "General Education Requirements Met" from a Florida College System or Florida State University System degree-granting institution shall be considered to have satisfied Seminole State's General Education requirements. Please refer to this catalog's General Education section for specific requirements.

Note:

Honors in the Major is an indication that the student pursues academic excellence and exhibits leadership qualities. The Honors in the Major Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to do classwork and projects that expose them to the latest in technology and methodology. Refer to the Honors in the Major section of this catalog for details.

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$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,120$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,030$1,000$1,030
Total$4,131$17,530$18,146$17,419.20

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

The Profession

Professionals working in information systems technology fully understand and are able to design, implement, and manage networked information systems. They have expertise in database management systems, computer networks, information security, and software development. Their job is to create the technological solutions that help companies meet their organizational objectives.

Career Opportunities

High-level computer skills are in high demand, and it's likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. In Central Florida, an average of 1,710 IT openings are expected each year.

A bachelor's degree in information systems technology prepares you for these careers:

  • Business Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Client/Server Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Analyst/Manager
  • IT Director
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • System Administrator
  • Technical Analyst

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