What do Computer and Information Technology Majors study?

 

Computer and Information Technology is more than just data processing and web surfing. It's about how computers operate and how they are used in many areas of daily life.

 

If you major in computer and information technology at Chestnut Hill College, you will learn about computer hardware, computer software, web development and design, program design, and multimedia development, managing information systems and digital forensics. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of hardware and software technologies and gain enough background and experience in problem solving to be able to learn and adapt to the technologies you will meet in the workplace. Along with classroom instruction from highly qualified and experienced professors, you will earn a well-rounded liberal arts education that will help you think for yourself and overlay your career decisions with an ehtical perspective.

 

What are the requirements?

 

Students who major in Computer and Information Technology select a concentration in one of two areas:

  • Programming
  • Web Development


Major in Computer and Info Technology/Web Development Concentration – 58 credits 

 

Those who choose to major in computer and info technology with a concentration in web development, will graduate with an understanding of hardware and software components used in building and maintaining a website. Some of the courses included in this major are:

  • Intro to Web Development and Design
  • Intro to Computer Hardware and Peripherals
  • Computer Graphics Design using Photoshop
  • Web Design: HTML and CSS
  • Web Content Management Systems
  • Web Programming I and II
  • Database Design
  • Computer Science: History, Trends and Ethical Issues

For more information on specific course requirements and a sample academic plan, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (pages 118-19).

 

Major in Computer and Information Technology/Programming Concentration - 61 credits 

  

Those who choose to major in computer and information technology with a concentration in programming, will graduate with an understanding and ability to create computer programs and formulas associated with them. Some of the courses included in this major are:

  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Data Communications
  • Data Structures
  • Algorithms in AI and Robotics
  • Programming Languages
  • Database Design and Implementation
  • Applied Operating Systems
  • Computer Science: History, Trends and Ethical Issues

For more information on specific course requirements and a sample academic plan, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (pages 117-18).

 

What internships are available?

 

A computer and information technology major can intern in the technology department of profit and non-profit organizations, in educational computer labs and at government agencies. This increases the opportunities for our computer and information technology students to gain valuable real world experience through special internships. In fact, it is not uncommon for an internship to lead to full-time employment after graduation.

 

Some of our computer and information technology majors have held internships at the following companies and organizations:

  • Computer Masters, Inc
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Tech Department
  • Independence Blue Cross Information Services
  • The Grace Academy
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tech Department

 

What are the career opportunities?

 

Computer-related jobs are projected to increase much faster than the average of other occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. To be part of this exciting field, you will need to have a solid background in computers. You will need work experience, such as an internship, and a bachelor's degree to be ready for many of these positions. You can also pursue graduate study in computer technology or a computer-related field. You will be able to apply your computer knowledge to many areas of industry. Many technology positions involve teamwork and collaboration with colleagues. Jobs in computer technology are varied and are constantly changing as technology becomes part of every aspect of life. All types of organizations require people with computer knowledge. Job titles vary from one company to another; listed below are some common computer positions.

  • software application trainer
  • multimedia developer
  • help desk support
  • computer operator
  • databse designer
  • management information systems specialist
  • web designer
  • digital forensics technician
  • entry-level programmer