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Computer and Information Technology

Computer and Information Technology

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. Majors learn about computer hardware, computer software, web development and design, program design, and multimedia development, managing information systems and digital forensics. 

Program Information

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 ethical perspective.

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

Web Development Concentration

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

Programming Concentration

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

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Click here to read the course catalog for more information.

All students majoring in Computer and Information Technology will need their own laptop with the following minimum specifications:
  • Operating System - Windows 10 (64bit version only)
  • Memory - Minimum 8 GB RAM
  • Processor - Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 (2.0 GHz or better) CPU must support Virtualization Technologies
  • Hard disk - Preferred minimum 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or conventional hard disk 500GB or larger
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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

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After Graduation

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
Database Designer
Management Information Systems Specialist
Web Designer
Digital Forensics Technician
Entry-level Programmer

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Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a computer sciences major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Susan Ceklosky, Computer Science Program Coordinator (cekloskys@chc.edu).

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