Computer Information Technology BS

College of Sciences
Undergraduate major / Bachelor of Science

MN Computer Science Lab

About this program

Metropolitan State's Computer Information Technology (CIT) major prepares students to be information technology professionals. This major provides a foundation of both theoretical and practical knowledge in the many aspects of information sciences and technology.

Course work to develop analytical and problem-solving skills is complemented by hands-on courses in Metropolitan State's computer labs. A minimum of 20 semester credits of major requirements must be completed at Metropolitan State.

The CIT major enables students to become developers, designers, or information technology specialists who can deploy appropriate technology to solve problems in businesses and organizations.

Individuals with strong backgrounds of technical and analytical skills, effective communication abilities, and project development knowledge are in demand as the information needs of the world continue to grow. CIT majors can go on to pursue careers as Web analysts, systems analysts, computer support analysts, database designers and analysts, technical managers, and application programmers.

This program also provides preparation for graduate studies in information technology, information systems, and business.

Student outcomes

A student graduating from the program will have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understand current concepts, best practices and standards, and have the knowledge and ability to apply them in core information technologies such as database systems and e-commerce applications.
  • Apply mathematics and current computing knowledge, techniques, skills, and tools to analyze a problem, determine user needs, develop systems or evaluate available systems, and create an effective project plan.
  • Be able to
    • program in an object-oriented language, web-related languages (client and server), and SQL
    • design and implement algorithms and processes and certify a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
    • take user needs into account in the evaluation, selection, purchase, and administration of computer-based systems.
    • effectively add a solution into an already existing user environment
  • Recognize the need for and engage in continuing professional development.
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal such as gathering user requirements and communicating results orally or in writing.
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities, and be able to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Understand systems(security, operating systems, software engineering) in the design and implementation of web, database, and client/server systems and their utilization of resources

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Program eligibility requirements

Students expressing interest in the Computer Information Technology BS when they apply for admission to the university will be assigned an academic advisor in the College of Sciences and will be given pre-major status. Official admission to this major program and review of prior course credentials is done directly through the Computer Science and Cybersecurity (CSC) Department.

To be eligible for acceptance to the Computer Information Technology major, students must submit a College of Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • Have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for ICS 141 and MATH 215 or transfer equivalents  
  • Complete the General Education Goal I Writing Requirement
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better
  • Demonstrate competency in the Java programming language either by coursework (e.g., ICS 141) or passing a Java competency exam

Students who do not meet the requirements above or are on academic probation will not be accepted to the major. Students not accepted to the major will not be allowed to take advanced courses in the discipline. All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above. Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Computer Science and Cybersecurity Department.

Program requirements

Guidelines for completing the Computer Information Technology major

  • Students expressing interest in the Computer Information Technology BS (CIT) when they apply for admission to the university will be assigned an academic advisor in the College of Sciences and will be given pre-major status. 
  • In order to declare a major, students should reference the program eligibility requirements noted in this catalog on the previous page and also noted on a student’s Degree Audit Report (DARs).
  • All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • A minimum of 20 semester credits of major requirements must be completed at Metropolitan State. At least 24 credits of coursework must be completed at the upper division level.
  • Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for CFS, CYBR, and ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.
  • Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Computer Science and Cybersecurity (CSC) Department and additional guidelines are noted below.

Course requirements

Pre-Major Foundation (20 credits)

In order to declare a Computer Information Technology (CIT) major, students are required to complete the following foundation courses listed with a grade of C- or better. Math courses should be taken before, or concurrently with, foundation ICS courses. Reference the CSC department's General Guidelines section of this catalog page for further details.

College Math Introduction

Choose one of the two courses below.

MATH 115 College Algebra

4 credits

This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

Full course description for College Algebra

MATH 120 Precalculus

4 credits

This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the algebra of functions; multiple function representations; and an introduction to analytic geometry.

Full course description for Precalculus

Complete all of the following courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for ICS 141 and MATH 215 or transfer equivalents is required for admission into major.

ICS 140 Computational Thinking with Programming

4 credits

An introduction to the formulation of problems and developing and implementing solutions for them using a computer. Students analyze user requirements, design algorithms to solve them and translate these designs to computer programs. The course also provides an overview of major areas within the computing field. Topics include algorithm design, performance metrics, programming languages and paradigms, programming structures, number representation, Boolean algebra, computer system organization, data communications and networks, operating systems, compilers and interpreters, cloud computing, data analytics, mobile computing, internet of things, and artificial intelligence) database, internet, security, privacy, ethics, and other societal and legal issues. Lab work and homework assignments involving flow charting tools and programming using a language such as Python form an integral part of the course.

Full course description for Computational Thinking with Programming

ICS 141 Programming with Objects

4 credits

Structure, design, and implementation of object-oriented computer programs. Topics include objects, classes, GUI, and layout managers. Introduction to containment, inheritance, and polymorphism. Programming projects involving multiple classes. Emphasis on methods, parameter passing, and arrays of objects. Exploration of problem-solving and algorithm-design techniques using pseudocode, Unified Modeling Language (UML) class diagrams, and simple patterns. Design of good test cases and debugging techniques.

Full course description for Programming with Objects

ICS 225 Web Design and Implementation

4 credits

This course focuses on how to design and implement information services over the Internet from the client side. The course focuses on both usability and client-side scripting. Topics include the principles, strategies and policies of web page design, including the rules of good interface design, human factors, ethical concerns and information security. Through labs and programming projects, students also learn how to use current scripting and markup languages and how to employ state-of-the-art tools to embed interactive pages into Web-based applications.

Full course description for Web Design and Implementation

Major Requirements (60 credits)

Once the pre-major foundation courses are complete, the following courses are required with a grade of C- or better. Students who haven’t declared or been accepted into the major will not be allowed to take 400-level courses in the discipline. The Capstone course, ICS 499, should be taken in the final semester of your program, or at least during the semester you complete the last of the other required major courses. Students are advised to reference the CSC department's General Guidelines section of this catalog page for further details on prerequisites. Students who have taken and passed ICS 240 may take ICS 372 in lieu of ICS 370. CYBR 332 is cross-listed as ICS 382.

Core Requirements (32 credits)

STAT 201 Statistics I

4 credits

This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

Full course description for Statistics I

CFS 262 Computer and Operating Systems Fundamentals I

4 credits

This course covers the fundamental concepts of a single user operating system. The topics discussed in the course are the basic concepts of computer organization and architecture, memory management, process handling, disk and file management and control, and peripherals operation. Students also have the opportunities to learn the techniques and procedures of system installation, configuration, administration, and trouble shooting. The operating systems illustrated in the course are MS Windows and/or Mac OS X.

Full course description for Computer and Operating Systems Fundamentals I

CFS 264 Computer and Operating Systems Fundamentals II

4 credits

This course covers the fundamental concepts of a multi-user operating system. The topics discussed in the course are conventional computer organization and architecture, memory management, process handling, disk and file management and control, and peripherals operation. Students also have the opportunities to learn the techniques and procedures of system installation, configuration, administration, and trouble shooting. The operating systems illustrated in the course are Linux and Unix.

Full course description for Computer and Operating Systems Fundamentals II

ICS 311 Database Management Systems

4 credits

Covers concepts and methods in the definition, creation and management of databases. Emphasis is placed on usage of appropriate methods and tools to design and implement databases to meet identified business needs. Topics include conceptual, logical and physical database design theories and techniques, such as use of Entity Relationship diagrams, query tools and SQL; responsibilities of data and database administrators; database integrity, security and privacy; and current and emerging trends. Use of database management systems such as MySQL. Coverage of HCI (Human Computer Interaction) topics. Development of GUI front ends to databases with application of HCI principles to provide a high level usability experience. Overlap: ICS 311T Database Management Systems.

Full course description for Database Management Systems

CYBR 332 Computer Security

4 credits

This course introduces principles of computer security with integrated hands-on labs. The course prepares students to effectively protect information assets by providing fundamental details about security threats, vulnerabilities, and their countermeasures ranging from a simple computer to enterprise computing. Topics include broad range of today's security challenges, common security threats and countermeasures, security management, access control mechanisms, applied cryptography, privacy issues, computer ethics, file system security, and network security. Overlap: ICS 382 Computer Security

Full course description for Computer Security

ICS 370 Software Design Models

4 credits

The course focuses on how to design and build process, object and event models that are translatable into project specifications and design. Topics include an overview of systems analysis and design; a framework for systems architecture; design and development using data modeling; object modeling, entities, relationships, attributes, scope rules and influences; and event models, messaging and application activation.

Full course description for Software Design Models

Client/Server Computing

Choose one of the two courses below. The other course may be taken as a major elective.

ICS 325 Internet Application Development

4 credits

This course focuses on how to design and establish information services over the Internet from the server side. Topics include advanced concepts and issues on Internet architecture, server-side design strategies, current technologies and Internet security. Through labs and programming projects, students learn how to use current scripting and markup languages to build nontrivial state-of-the-art applications.

Full course description for Internet Application Development

ICS 425 Client/Server Architectures

4 credits

This course is a study of scaling client/server applications enterprise-wide. The course examines why ordinary client/server tools do not scale enterprise wide, and examines the extensions necessary in DB linkage, OS extensions, and networking connections necessary for scaling. The MVC II (Model-View-Controller) design pattern and other useful design patterns will be used to explain typical architectural approaches.

Full course description for Client/Server Architectures

Electives Requirement (8 credits)

Students are required take a minimum of 8 credits of elective courses as part of the major and as a means to meet the 24 credit upper division course requirement. Any 200-level or higher CFS, CYBR, or ICS courses, not already required for the major, may be taken as electives, with the following exceptions: ICS 372 (which may be taken in lieu of ICS 370), ICS 381, ICS 390, ICS 495, and CFS 499. Repeatable exceptions: ICS 490 Special Topics in Information and Computer Sciences and ICS 492 Seminar on Emerging Technologies may be taken more than once for elective credit, so long as the topics differ. Consult with academic advisor on acceptable electives. Internship/Residency: A maximum of 4-credits in ICS 350I Individualized Internship may be spread over 1-3 semesters.

General Guidelines

Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Computer Science and Cybersecurity (CSC) Department and initially evaluated upon admission with updates documented on Degree Audit Report (DARs). When transferring coursework, please be aware of the following:

Transfer Courses

• Many universities and community colleges offer courses equivalent to all of our Pre-Major courses. Many technical colleges offer some courses equivalent to some of our Pre-Major courses. • Sometimes a course at the lower division at another university or college is equivalent to one of our upper division courses, or an upper-division course at another university is equivalent to one of our lower-division courses. • For the purpose of calculating upper division credits for the major electives or for university graduation requirements, the status of the course at the institution where the student took the course is what matters.

Prerequisites

• Math courses should be taken before, or concurrently with, foundation ICS courses. • Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for CFS, CYBR, and ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites. • For some courses, prerequisites are enforced automatically by the registration system. • If your DARS report shows you have met the prerequisites for a course, and the registration system will not let you register, please contact your academic advisor.