Information Technology – B.A.

Program Description

The Department offers a part-time, evening program in Information Technology that leads to a B.A. degree. While similar to the full-time day program, the coursework for the evening program is more stream-lined. In a typical semester, two evening courses in the program are offered.

Mission Statement

The mission of the La Salle's Information Technology (IT) program extends the University's mission with an emphasis on the success of its students. IT students establish a foundation aware of theoretical IT paradigms coupled with current IT practices. This groundwork will provide a basis of continued learning in this dynamic, emerging field. Students analyze technological problems, design team-based solutions to real-world problems, and develop communication plans for both IT experts and non-experts. Students are encouraged to complete internships as well as participate in industry-based research opportunities to understand the broad application of technology within society. Students completing this program are prepared to continue as IT industry professionals and researchers.

5-Year Program Option

During their senior year, students with a GPA of at least 3.0 (both overall and within the major) may apply for the 5-year BS/MS option. Students who are accepted into this program will receive their bachelor's degree once they complete its requirements and will then begin the master's program immediately upon graduation. Two courses from the undergraduate program will then count towards the completion of the master's degree. Eligible programs and details are as follows:

  • Information Technology Leadership (ITL) - a total of 10 additional classes are required to complete the M.S. in ITL; this degree can be completed in as little as four semesters after graduation (approximately 15 months)
  • Cybersecurity (CYB) - a total of 8 additional classes are required to complete the M.S. in CYB; this degree can be completed in as little as four semesters after graduation (approximately 15 months)

Why take this major?

Students who pursue Information Technology as a major are those who enjoy working with computer hardware, networks, security, and databases. Graduates pursue careers as network administrators, computer security specialists, database administrators, and web programmers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • manage and administer computer and network systems
  • devise plans and processes to evaluate IT solutions
  • execute processes and procedures to help end-users with technology problems
  • execute procedures to secure corporate data and networks
  • effectively communicate IT-related information to others within an organization
  • formulate plans and procedures to manage computer hardware and software
  • evaluate and select computer usage and tools in support of IT organizations and needs
  • devise and implement IT policies, procedures, and standards to meet organizational strategic plans

Program Contact Information

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Holroyd Hall 123

(215) 951-1130

 

Jonathan Knappenberger, Ph.D.

Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science

knappenb@lasalle.edu

 

Marianne Farley

Administrative Assistant II

farley77@lasalle.edu

 

Degree Earned

B.A.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 14

Total: 38

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 43

Total: 120

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

PHY 201 - Computer Electronics

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

MTH 260 - Discrete Structures I

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 240 - Database Management Systems

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 38 courses in total in order to graduate. 14 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

CSIT 380 - Applied Technology Systems

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

CSIT 301 - Computer Architecture

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

CSIT 321 - Client Support

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

CSIT 422 - Information Security

All Other Required Courses

CSIT 220 - Data Communications

CSIT 301 - Computer Architecture

CSIT 320 - LANS and Network Administration

CSIT 321 - Client Support

CSIT 422 - Information Security

CSC 230 - Programming Concepts and User Interfaces

CSC 240 - Database Management Systems

CSIT 380 - Applied Technology Systems

BUS 203 or one CSIT/CSC elective numbered 280 or higher

One CSIT/CSC elective numbered 280 or higher

MTH 260 - Discrete Structures I

PHY 201 - Computer Electronics

Two of the following

  • CSC 343 - Client-Side Scripting
  • CSIT 327 - Administrative Scripting
  • CSC 340 or CSC 341 (both cannot count toward this requirement)

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a Minor in Information Technology: 6 Courses

  • CSIT 220 - Data Communication Networks
  • CSC 230 - Programming Concepts and User Interfaces
  • CSC 240 - Database Management Systems
  • Three additional CSIT courses numbered 300 or greater.

It is important for students to complete CSIT 220, CSC 230, and CSC 240 as soon as they are able since most of the rest of the curriculum relies on the knowledge from these classes. These courses are only offered intermittently in the evenings, and therefore it is more important to take them at first availability.

It is also important to discuss your course selection with a departmental advisor every semester to ensure that you remain on a path to completion of the program in a timely manner.

Course Descriptions

CSIT 220 - Data Communication

This course will address current methods and practices in the use of computer networks to enable communication; physical layers, architectural layers, design, operation, management, and the ISO standards. Local, cloud and wide area networks are examined. Student projects may include introductory LAN design, implementation and administration.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

CSIT 301 - Computer Architecture

This course is an introduction to computer architecture and hardware; underlying structures needed to accomplish tasks electronically; and hardware and software architecture components relative to memory management, I/O control, and processing capabilities.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSIT 220

CSIT 320 - LANs and Network Administration

This course provides a practical approach to network administration methodology using current technologies; network hardware; Network Operating System installation; account management; file sharing; network printing; protocol and services configuration; client connectivity and troubleshooting; network application support; server maintenance; and cross-platform integration. One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory are scheduled per week. (offered in alternate years)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSIT 220

CSIT 321 - Client Support

Topics in this course include installation, maintenance, and customization of a PC client operating system (OS), additional system and application software and hardware installation. The course will also provide a survey of OS utilities, services, and settings, including command-line instructions, menus, start-up processes, purposes of essential OS files, browser options, the task manager, the registry, firewall, etc. (offered in alternate years)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSIT 220

CSIT 327 - Administrative Scripting

Production environments use scripts because of the rapid deployment and their "hands-off" nature, which is lacking in GUIs. The main focus is the use of scripts to automate installation, maintenance, and analysis of operating systems, networks, and applications. This course will examine popular scripting languages that are used in Windows and Linux environments. (offered in alternate years)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSC 230 and CSIT 320

CSIT 360, 460 - Internship

Part-time, paid or non-paid employment in a cooperating site will provide practical experience in the discipline. Working under professional supervision for at least 20 hours per week, students learn how to apply their education to the everyday demands of the world of work. Students will meet regularly with a faculty member and will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between course work and their internship experience.

Number of Credits: 3

Restrictions: junior or senior standing, 2.5 GPA overall and in the major, and departmental approval

CSIT 370-379 - Selected Topics in Information Technology

This course is an introduction to specialized research in computers and computing, concentrating on one particular aspect of information technology. The subject matter will vary from term to term.

Number of Credits: 3

Restrictions: junior or senior standing

CSIT 380 - Applied Technology Systems

This course will provide an overview of software systems used in a business environment. The course will discuss the network architecture needed to support these environments, including specific issues related to licensing, metrics, infrastructure, and environmental requirements. (offered in alternate years)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSIT 220 and CSC 240

CSIT 422 - Information Security

Topics in this course include basic computer security concepts, terminology, and issues, including network security, Windows security, and Linux security; hardening, TCP/IP, scanning, sniffing, IPSec, public key infrastructure, Kerberos, certificates, cryptography, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, security policies, and processes. (offered in alternate years)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSIT 320 or CSIT 321