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Computing Major—Information Technology Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Computer Science

Keep Companies Connected Through Computer Programming

Most of today’s companies and businesses have a web presence, with programming, networking, and database needs. Because nearly all companies rely on computerized information systems, there is consistent demand for skilled employees to develop and maintain them.

In PCC’s information technology concentration, students prepare for a variety of industry positions by learning to plan, program, and manage computer information systems, networks, databases, and websites. Students receive hands-on experience in a broad range of technologies and programming languages, gaining the logical thinking and disciplined documentation skills necessary to work with computer information systems.

Because the emphasis is on programming, students learn computer languages such as Java, HTML, JavaScript, and SQL, with optional electives providing experience in PHP and other languages. Students also receive database, networking, and computer hardware experience. In the capstone course, Systems Design, students collaborate to develop a small business computer application from the initial design stage to final implementation.

With excellent training and valuable experience, graduates can enter the field or further their studies in graduate programs.

The purpose of the information technology concentration is to prepare students to design, program, and manage computer information systems and technology. Students are also trained to work collaboratively in a team setting as well as expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Program Educational Objectives

Within the first five years after graduation, our computing alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:

  • Entry-Level Employment—apply computer knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace;
  • Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries;
  • Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities; and
  • Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the information technology concentration will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Problem Solving—analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions;
  • Technical Skill—design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline;
  • Communication—communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts;
  • Ethics—recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles;
  • Teamwork—function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline; and
  • User Requirements—identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.
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High School Preparation

Recommended high school preparation for an information technology concentration is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete an information technology concentration could be expected to increase.

Career Possibilities

  • Computer programmer
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer consultant
  • Computer technician
  • IT support specialist
  • Systems engineer
  • E-business
  • Web developer

PCC’s programming classes taught me the discipline, documentation, and the ‘best practices’ approach required to successfully write code that lasts. I use those skills every working day. Another important element that the program provided is the ability to work against a hard deadline. In my field, my projects are generally bound by a calendar. To effectively accomplish what must be done, I have to manage my time effectively, anticipate challenges, and overcome unexpected roadblocks.

Some of my PCC projects were done in a team setting. This is an accurate reflection of the workplace because I’m as often working in a team as I am working solo. To get a project done when there’s a team dynamic to consider is an interpersonal challenge that the best IT professionals excel at.

Ethan B. ’93
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert #20655;
Global Network Engineer, SkillSoft Corporation
(Nashua, NH)