Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

Organizations continue to rely on newer technologies to help them stay competitive. Information Technology professionals are they key players in planning an organization's future, supporting key operations, maintaining Internet support, and supervising security functions.

Computers and the Internet are going to remain an integral part of our lives -- in fact we're going to find more and more ways to use them for work and play. Computer technology will continue to produce jobs in designing, programming, installing, administering, trouble-shooting and fixing them. Even better, advances in technology will continue to "spin off" jobs and opportunities that nobody even dreamed of, such as web designer, search engine optimization specialist, security analyst, and eBay PowerSeller.

Computer Information Technology (CIT) is your ticket to join this dynamic field and will prepare you for a career in such technical areas as Web design and programming, database administration, computer network administration, and information security. A career in CIT can be both challenging and rewarding. The CIT program at Western Kentucky University will help you enter the profession with a solid foundation for a successful career.


Work Tasks and Settings

• Control the day-to-day use of a computer database

• Choose who can see which parts of a database by setting the user rights of each person

• Protect the database by backing it up daily

• Solve database problems and correct errors when they occur

• Work for the computer and data processing services industry, or in a computer services group in a large business or government agency

• Work with database management systems software, calculators, manuals

Abilities needed:

• think logically

• understand computer systems and technologies

• understand database design

• analyze and solve problems

• pay close attention to details

• work on their own or as well as part of a team

• communicate ideas well

• study to keep up with changing technology

Careers:

• Information Scientist

• Computer Support Specialist

• Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer

• Mathematical Technician

• Computer Security Specialist

• Computer Systems Analyst

• Computer Programmer

• Computer and Information Systems Manager

 

Coursework:

  WKU COURSES

  Required courses:                                                

 A.A.S degree from KCTCS or IVY Tech school in IT area of study

 CIT 300 Online Training Foundations

 CIT 302 Web Development

 CIT 352 Database Administration II

 CIT 372 Telecommunications II

 24 hours of 400-level CIT electives



Sequencing:

Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term. Program does not include General Education requirements.

 Last Modified 8/22/13