Computer Information Technology & Security

The Information Technology program prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the computer networking and information technology fields. Digital communications, local and wide area networks, systems, small computer maintenance, computer security, virtualization and operating systems administration are all addressed as integral parts of the program.

Skills mastered after completion of the program include: computer operating systems including Windows client, Windows Server and Linux; analysis of systems hardware and software; small computer system maintenance including virus detection and eradication; virtualization packages including Hyper-V and vSphere; network design, implementation, and troubleshooting; network security; and wireless LANs.

Courses cover the design, installation, maintenance, and operation of Windows Client, Windows Server and Linux operating systems. Fundamentals of networking and stand-alone small computer systems are covered in detail. Networking topics include routers, switches, multi-layer switches, wireless devices, and network security. LAN and WAN systems design, construction, and implementation are required. Security course include security awareness, Security+, and penetration testing.

As the Internet plays an ever-increasing role in banking, e-commerce, medicine, and data communications, security of data has become of paramount concern. To meet this emerging need, the program requires a study of basic and advanced security in both the operating systems and networking arenas. Preparation for industry standardized certifications in CompTIA, Network+, A+, and Security+; Microsoft Windows Client and Server; and Cisco Certified Network Associate are a major focus of the A.A.S degree program.

Entrance Requirements

  • Program has semester admittance (Fall and Spring)
  • Enrollment priority is on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the student’s faculty advising date
  • Aleks score in Math of 30 or higher, Writing Placement Exam of 2 or higher, or qualify for Math (PT) 137 and English 101


To enhance the learner’s chances to find success in this discipline, the ability to apply logical models to real-world problem solving is crucial. Proficiency in problem solving and decision making in a team environment is required. All successful program graduates must gain the ability to establish a pattern of self-directed life-long learning. Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills must be exhibited on a daily basis. The ability to function in stressful, time-constrained, detail oriented situations is required. Successful students will exhibit creativity and imagination in the performance of their tasks.

Job Outlook

Information technology will remain one of the fastest growing occupations for the foreseeable future. Based upon completion of appropriate certifications, graduates will find a job market unable to keep up with the growing demand for IT services, equaling many well-paying job opportunities. The employment outlook in Idaho is excellent. Relocation to other geographical areas offers additional opportunities. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, and operational/organizational security
  • Applications, tools, and devices used to install, configure and troubleshoot intermediary devices
  • Troubleshoot and repair networking devices with hardware/software faults and/or configuration problems
  • Data communications over LANs and Virtual LANs; working proficiency of these communication schemes, topologies, and configurations
  • Installation, maintenance, and operation of all hardware and software
  • Implement and maintain a scalable, routed network
  • Security technologies used to authenticate, authorize, and account for user actions
  • In-depth understanding of how to effectively protect computer networks
  • Knowledge of what and who an ethical hacker is and how important they are in protecting corporate and government data from cyber-attack
  • Develop proficiency in performing maintenance tasks on the command line, installing and configuring a computer running Linux, and configuring basic networking, using virtual machines running Linux
  • Computer networking concepts, theories, practices, and procedures
  • Installation, implementation, and initial configuration of Cisco networking devices
  • Knowledge and skills to implement, configure, and maintain network routing protocols
  • Able to perform general installation and management tasks, including creating and managing images for deployment
  • Knowledge of common computer hardware and software technologies used in home and enterprise environments
  • Design, install, and test structured cabling systems
  • Cyber security course will engage your understanding of online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing you to different types of malware, including viruses and trojans, as well as concepts such as network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management

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