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Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology

Concentrations within this Program
Information Systems Development Information Systems Security Information Technology

Multi-national companies and global businesses down to independent mom & pop shops in our local communities depend on their information resources to identify customers, monitor transactions, analyze performance, forecast spending, provide employees with the tools they need to perform their jobs, and make sound operational decisions. Confidential data must be stored, shared, analyzed, and protected; its collection, protection, and use present both practical and ethical challenges. This makes the job of the computer professional one of critical importance and one that lends itself to a fulfilling career as either an IT generalist or an IT specialist.

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The Bachelor’s in Information Systems and Technology is one of the few in Pennsylvania to give its graduates a competitive edge in their careers by offering three dynamic technology disciplines in one degree offering: Information Systems Development, Information Technology, and Information Systems Security. Students can select coursework that touches all three areas, and elect to focus their studies in a prescribed discipline for in-depth preparation.

Key Benefits

  • You will gain essential skills in a variety of applied and thought-provoking case scenarios that reflect realistic situations, tactics and solutions faced by today’s IT professional.
  • You will have the option to explore the world of information systems as a generalist or concentrate your studies in one of three concentrations.
  • You will build a strong foundation in desktop, virtual, and server operating systems, mobile technologies, and network technology and its management so you understand system advantages and differences, can troubleshoot and diagnose problems, and support both desktop and server versions.
  • You will strengthen your understanding of information security, cyber security and computer forensics so you can insure data confidentiality, availability and integrity.
  • You will advance your systems development, design and management capabilities as they relate to a database environment, search engine optimization, and web and mobile properties.
  • You will complete a program that is built with input from advisory board members to insure that the curriculum answers industry demand.
  • You will enhance your curriculum by selecting from emphasis courses ranging from enterprise systems deployment, digital forensics, ethical hacking, scripting languages for technology, IT project management, regulatory compliance and many more.
  • You will learn from experienced instructors in a blend of on campus, online and hybrid classes and complete an in-field internship that provides additional focused study and experience.
  • You may complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as three years.

Key Skills

  • Install a variety of operating systems including major component, resources and virtual and memory management
  • Build and configure network systems, diagnose system hardware and software problems, and perform remediation
  • Learn network fundamentals including theoretical models, topologies, protocols, design, layout, implementation and troubleshooting
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, and support desktop and server versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Implement information security policy and procedures, maintain compliance, and follow organizational standards
  • Gain theoretical knowledge of network systems management and techniques for support and analysis
  • Understand the impact and vulnerabilities of web data information on cyber and network security including governance and forensics
  • Develop, design, execute and manage a database with the relational model and with the SQL database management structure
  • Gain experience in Big Data, Cloud Computing, and virtualization of systems and servers
  • Create elaborate software development applications
  • Increase your ability to design and develop mobile, native or application-based software
  • Increase your ability to develop web and mobile page designs with HTML/CSS features, including  JavaScript, and the management of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

More information about Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology below

Careers:

 

  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

Courses of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology program is 36 months in length and consists of 12 quarters. A bachelor degree in Information Systems and Technology (IST) prepares graduates with essential skills in a variety of applied and thought-provoking areas within Information Systems Development, Information Systems Security and Information Technology. Graduates will be prepared for either an entry or mid-level positions in the computer related fields such as application development, data security and network administration and management of these three crucially connected spaces.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOUNDATIONS COURSES

Students must complete a total of 42 credits of Business Foundation courses with a grade of C or better.

Introduction to Information Technology
This course provides an introduction to the role and function of computers in business. Topics include the impact of computers on society, ethical issues, application/system software, external/internal hardware, and the Internet.
Desktop Operating Systems
This course introduces students to a variety of computer operating systems. The course focuses on the installation of operating systems, major components of each of these systems, resource and memory management, and basic operations. Students gain an understanding of each operating system’s advantages, differences, and requirements
Hardware Technology 1
This course is designed to provide the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, upgrade, and repair computer hardware and software on PC workstations and networked systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to build and configure microcomputer systems, diagnose system hardware or software problems and perform actions necessary to make corrections.
Networking 1
This course provides the student with the fundamentals of networking concepts and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical models of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and troubleshooting.
Network Operating Systems 1
This course introduces a variety of network operating systems. The student gains an understanding of the basic functions of network administration, configuration, installation, network devices and cabling.
Information Security 1
This introductory course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts of Network Security. Student will be introduced to terms and techniques related to providing confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
Network Systems Management
This course provides the student with the details of networking systems management and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical knowledge of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and analysis and support.
Cyber Security
This course is designed to provide students with essential concepts of Cyber Security. Student will be familiarized to languages and systems related to providing cyber – web confidentiality, integrity and availability of web data information in how it is impacted to security.
Database Management
This course offers the conception of a database environment and the range of capabilities considered to be part of the database management system. The course provides an outline of subjects and related details in development, designing, executing and managing a database. The course highlights and provides knowledge with the relational model and with an SQL database management structure.
Web Development and SEO Management

EMPHASIS COURSES

Students must complete a minimum of 62 credits in Information System Emphasis courses.

Customer Service and Process
Network Infrastructures
This course provides the student with the knowledge and techniques for setting up directory services and network infrastructures in a corporate environment. Emphasis is on networking services such as DHCP and DNS, as well as routing and directory services.
Information Systems Administration
This hands-on capstone course is a culmination of methods and procedures used in installation, configuration, troubleshooting, support and maintenance of client/server technologies and network deployment. This high-level course integrates knowledge attained in several prior courses and synthesizes it into a complex simulation of real-world situations. Students are provided with typical business scenarios that require them to analyze alternative solutions and recommend strategic processes
Enterprise Systems Deployment
This project-based, capstone course examines the methods and procedures used in the design, implementation, configuration and maintenance of modern virtual and non-virtual computer systems. Topics include the planned deployment for hardware and software installations, performance monitoring, analysis and benchmarking system configurations, implementation of troubleshooting procedures and the use of change controls used to evaluate computer systems. Additional emphasis will focus on the individual and group communication process, documentation of system related issues and the strategic management issues unique in the information technology environment.
Client Application Support
This course is designed as a study of technical support of various business client-side applications. This course prepares students to train and support end-users. Topics include supporting email clients, Microsoft Share Point, Web clients and Virtual Conferencing in a corporate environment. Students will be involved with actions and events related to helpdesk procedures and processes. Students will use procedures and processes in line with common helpdesk methodology. Emphasis is on solving user related issues, needs analysis, troubleshooting, and interaction with users.
Cloud and IoT
Digital Forensics
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the Computer Forensics field of study. Topics covered in this course will assist the student with the proper collection, analyzing and storage of digital evidence. Students will also learn the process of completing a computer investigation using various computer forensic utilities and software applications throughout the course.
Regulatory Compliance
This course is designed to provide the student with the concepts of specific legislation regarding Information Technology. The emphasis will focus on HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, Privacy Act of 1974 and the Buckley Amendment.
Information Security 2
This course is designed to increase the depth of knowledge and skills of the Network Security and Computer Forensics student charged with administering and securing information systems and networks. The student will learn host system hardening, system availability monitoring, network access control and applied encryption technologies, intrusion detection systems, as well as logging, forensics, and incident analysis and response techniques.
Information Systems Auditing
This course introduces the concepts of Information Systems audits and controls based on related standards, guidelines and best practices. Instruction in policy review will enable students to apply appropriate controls to enterprise governance, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will learn business continuity and disaster recovery planning techniques.
Ethical Hacking
This course is designed to provide the student with the terminology and acceptable practices associated with ethical hacking techniques. Students will learn the role and skills sets required to become an ethical hacker for the purpose of vulnerability research. Additionally, students will become familiar with the legal implications of hacking and the specific law(s) pertaining to this practice.
Networking 2
This course is designed to have the student focus on servicing and supporting CISCO routers and switches. Upon completion, student will possess the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to configure, maintain and troubleshoot routers, routing and routing protocols on networks
Database Development
This course presents full coverage of planning, creating, and manipulating records using database computer software. Topics include managing, arranging, and searching for data of existing databases using database software to create reports, labels and letters, and linking databases.
Network Operating Systems 2
This course provides the foundation for installing and supporting current versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems used in a network environment. The goal of the course is to provide the necessary skills to install, configure, troubleshoot and support desktop and server versions of these operating systems.
Network Operating Systems 3
This course is designed as a hands-on, complete overview of the many aspects of the Linux operating systems. Students will gain knowledge in such areas as basic commands, system commands, shells, editors, the Graphical User Interface, user management and administration.
Server Applications
This course introduces the student to common applications found on most modern networks,
Network Operating Systems Management
This course introduces a diversity of network operating systems. The student develops an
Information Systems Management
This course provides an outline to the role and function of information systems technology
Information Systems Business Intelligence for Industry
This course examines current information systems business intelligence (BI) practices and
Scripting Languages for Technology
This course explores the use and implementation of a modern scripting language to
Governance & Security in Technology
This writing-intensive course studies the role of governance and ethics within information
Systems Analysis & Design
This course introduces the intricacies of systems analysis and design. The purpose is to
Information Systems Architecture and Technology
This course provides a conceptual survey of general systems theory followed by a
IT Project Management
This course provides leadership and management guidelines for the information technology
Problems in Information Systems
This course is designed to discuss the problems and issues associated with the practice of
Information Management and Data Loss Prevention
This course prepares students to plan and implement processes to ensure proper
Computer and Network Security
The course covers philosophies of computer systems and network security. We will discuss
Introduction to Information Systems
Programming Mobile Applications
Object Oriented Programming
Data Structures & Algorithms

CAREER SKILLS COURSES

Students must complete a total of 12 credits of Career Skills courses.

Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Steps to Career Success
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Internship
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Student must complete a minimum of 8 credits of Elective courses within any school to broaden their skills in area(s) of interest.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Students must complete a total of 64 credits of General Education courses with a grade of C or better needed in all required courses.

English Composition 1 *
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments.
English Composition 2 *
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
American Literature
This course will survey a range of work produced in the United States and engage students with a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Students will be given the opportunity to read and appreciate a wide variety of poetry, fiction, and drama.
Professional Communications
This course focuses on the writing and speaking skills essential for clear communication within professional, business, and organizational contexts. Emphasis is placed on the principles and practical application of professional communication behaviors and rhetorical sensitivity. The course involves research, writing, and speaking assignments that lead to a professional report and formal presentation.
Art History
This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationship between historical
History of Technology
This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
American Government & Politics
This course involves the study of U.S. political institutions at the national level, state and local government and politics, political parties, policy making, elections, and the field of public administration. Students will gain knowledge of the founding principles and structure of American government, political institutions, political processes, political behavior, and public policy.
Social & Cultural History of the United States
Focuses on the social and intellectual history of the United States with emphasis on the special qualities of American culture. Explores such areas as: religion, art, literature, music, economics, and politics.
International Relations
This course will examine the field of international and global politics. The course provides an analysis of the fundamentals of international law, organization, and politics particularly as relevant to contemporary international relations.
College Algebra *
This course is an introductory course presenting the principles of elementary algebra. Topics covered will include: the real number system, solving linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, exponents and radicals, and an introduction to functions and the Cartesian coordinate system.
Physical Science
GEM170 Physical Science 4 Credits This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
Pre-Calculus*
This course explores definitions and concepts of functions and graphs. Topics include properties of absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, techniques for solving equations and inequalities, and an introduction to the concept of limits and the difference quotient.
Statistics
Students will gain an understanding of data analysis; correlation and regression; sampling and experimental design; basic probability (random variables, expected values, normal and binomial distributions); hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means, proportions, and regression parameters; use of spreadsheet software. These concepts will be applied to business applications through case study analysis, and practical application problems.
Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus*
Topics covered include systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, differential calculus, exponential functions and the mathematics of finance. The primary focus is the application of each of these topics. The graphing calculator (TI83) is used throughout the course to discover and to gain insights into the fundamental concepts.
Psychology
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
Ethics
This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
Critical Thinking
In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Social Problems
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Human Relations
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
Principles of Microeconomics
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Cultural Diversity
This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
Leadership Principles
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to 56 be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.
Principles of Macroeconomics
This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry choices in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention.
Social Psychology
This course is a study of how individuals think, feel and behave in social situations and what influences the social behavior of individuals. The course will examine interpersonal and group dynamics, communications, social and personal roles, and practices of large and small groups in business situations.
Ethical Issues in Business & Industry
Introduces principles of ethical thinking and applies them to situations and models for business decision-making. Provides an analysis and examination of significant contemporary ethical issues and challenges that exist throughout business and industry. Ethical dilemmas and decision-making frameworks and approaches at the personal, organizational and societal levels will be explored. Student engagement in real-world applications and issues are a critical portion of the course.

* Required Courses

Careers:

 

  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology prepares graduates for careers in a variety of support and systems positions that are as different as the employers who need these skilled professionals.

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Programmer
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Governance Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • IT Business Analyst

Careers:

 

  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

Certifications add depth to your learning experience. As part of the PTC Bachelor’s in IT program you will have the opportunity to learn the following certifications to enhance your credentials.

  • CompTIA: A+, N+, Security+, Server+, Project+
  • Microsoft Certificates: MCP, MTA
  • Cisco: CCNA Routing and Switching, CCENT, CCT

PTC also has partnerships with: Amazon AWS Educate, CompTIA, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Unity Technologies.

Careers:

 

  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

The curriculum for this program is regularly reviewed by PTC’s Information Technology Advisory Board. This group of business IT professionals ensure that the concepts and practices taught in the program are consistent with the skills businesses are looking for.

If a career in information systems and information technology concepts, real-world IT challenges and developing creative solutions sounds right for you, consider our B.S.I.S.T. at Pittsburgh Technical College. You will find the skills IT employers are looking for.

For graduation rates, earnings and educational debt information, please visit us online at ptcollege.edu/disclosures

Careers:

 

  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:

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  • Courses of Study

    Courses of Study

    The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology program is 36 months in length and consists of 12 quarters. A bachelor degree in Information Systems and Technology (IST) prepares graduates with essential skills in a variety of applied and thought-provoking areas within Information Systems Development, Information Systems Security and Information Technology. Graduates will be prepared for either an entry or mid-level positions in the computer related fields such as application development, data security and network administration and management of these three crucially connected spaces.

    INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOUNDATIONS COURSES

    Students must complete a total of 42 credits of Business Foundation courses with a grade of C or better.

    Introduction to Information Technology
    This course provides an introduction to the role and function of computers in business. Topics include the impact of computers on society, ethical issues, application/system software, external/internal hardware, and the Internet.
    Desktop Operating Systems
    This course introduces students to a variety of computer operating systems. The course focuses on the installation of operating systems, major components of each of these systems, resource and memory management, and basic operations. Students gain an understanding of each operating system’s advantages, differences, and requirements
    Hardware Technology 1
    This course is designed to provide the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, upgrade, and repair computer hardware and software on PC workstations and networked systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to build and configure microcomputer systems, diagnose system hardware or software problems and perform actions necessary to make corrections.
    Networking 1
    This course provides the student with the fundamentals of networking concepts and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical models of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and troubleshooting.
    Network Operating Systems 1
    This course introduces a variety of network operating systems. The student gains an understanding of the basic functions of network administration, configuration, installation, network devices and cabling.
    Information Security 1
    This introductory course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts of Network Security. Student will be introduced to terms and techniques related to providing confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
    Network Systems Management
    This course provides the student with the details of networking systems management and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical knowledge of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and analysis and support.
    Cyber Security
    This course is designed to provide students with essential concepts of Cyber Security. Student will be familiarized to languages and systems related to providing cyber – web confidentiality, integrity and availability of web data information in how it is impacted to security.
    Database Management
    This course offers the conception of a database environment and the range of capabilities considered to be part of the database management system. The course provides an outline of subjects and related details in development, designing, executing and managing a database. The course highlights and provides knowledge with the relational model and with an SQL database management structure.
    Web Development and SEO Management

    EMPHASIS COURSES

    Students must complete a minimum of 62 credits in Information System Emphasis courses.

    Customer Service and Process
    Network Infrastructures
    This course provides the student with the knowledge and techniques for setting up directory services and network infrastructures in a corporate environment. Emphasis is on networking services such as DHCP and DNS, as well as routing and directory services.
    Information Systems Administration
    This hands-on capstone course is a culmination of methods and procedures used in installation, configuration, troubleshooting, support and maintenance of client/server technologies and network deployment. This high-level course integrates knowledge attained in several prior courses and synthesizes it into a complex simulation of real-world situations. Students are provided with typical business scenarios that require them to analyze alternative solutions and recommend strategic processes
    Enterprise Systems Deployment
    This project-based, capstone course examines the methods and procedures used in the design, implementation, configuration and maintenance of modern virtual and non-virtual computer systems. Topics include the planned deployment for hardware and software installations, performance monitoring, analysis and benchmarking system configurations, implementation of troubleshooting procedures and the use of change controls used to evaluate computer systems. Additional emphasis will focus on the individual and group communication process, documentation of system related issues and the strategic management issues unique in the information technology environment.
    Client Application Support
    This course is designed as a study of technical support of various business client-side applications. This course prepares students to train and support end-users. Topics include supporting email clients, Microsoft Share Point, Web clients and Virtual Conferencing in a corporate environment. Students will be involved with actions and events related to helpdesk procedures and processes. Students will use procedures and processes in line with common helpdesk methodology. Emphasis is on solving user related issues, needs analysis, troubleshooting, and interaction with users.
    Cloud and IoT
    Digital Forensics
    This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the Computer Forensics field of study. Topics covered in this course will assist the student with the proper collection, analyzing and storage of digital evidence. Students will also learn the process of completing a computer investigation using various computer forensic utilities and software applications throughout the course.
    Regulatory Compliance
    This course is designed to provide the student with the concepts of specific legislation regarding Information Technology. The emphasis will focus on HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, Privacy Act of 1974 and the Buckley Amendment.
    Information Security 2
    This course is designed to increase the depth of knowledge and skills of the Network Security and Computer Forensics student charged with administering and securing information systems and networks. The student will learn host system hardening, system availability monitoring, network access control and applied encryption technologies, intrusion detection systems, as well as logging, forensics, and incident analysis and response techniques.
    Information Systems Auditing
    This course introduces the concepts of Information Systems audits and controls based on related standards, guidelines and best practices. Instruction in policy review will enable students to apply appropriate controls to enterprise governance, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will learn business continuity and disaster recovery planning techniques.
    Ethical Hacking
    This course is designed to provide the student with the terminology and acceptable practices associated with ethical hacking techniques. Students will learn the role and skills sets required to become an ethical hacker for the purpose of vulnerability research. Additionally, students will become familiar with the legal implications of hacking and the specific law(s) pertaining to this practice.
    Networking 2
    This course is designed to have the student focus on servicing and supporting CISCO routers and switches. Upon completion, student will possess the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to configure, maintain and troubleshoot routers, routing and routing protocols on networks
    Database Development
    This course presents full coverage of planning, creating, and manipulating records using database computer software. Topics include managing, arranging, and searching for data of existing databases using database software to create reports, labels and letters, and linking databases.
    Network Operating Systems 2
    This course provides the foundation for installing and supporting current versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems used in a network environment. The goal of the course is to provide the necessary skills to install, configure, troubleshoot and support desktop and server versions of these operating systems.
    Network Operating Systems 3
    This course is designed as a hands-on, complete overview of the many aspects of the Linux operating systems. Students will gain knowledge in such areas as basic commands, system commands, shells, editors, the Graphical User Interface, user management and administration.
    Server Applications
    This course introduces the student to common applications found on most modern networks,
    Network Operating Systems Management
    This course introduces a diversity of network operating systems. The student develops an
    Information Systems Management
    This course provides an outline to the role and function of information systems technology
    Information Systems Business Intelligence for Industry
    This course examines current information systems business intelligence (BI) practices and
    Scripting Languages for Technology
    This course explores the use and implementation of a modern scripting language to
    Governance & Security in Technology
    This writing-intensive course studies the role of governance and ethics within information
    Systems Analysis & Design
    This course introduces the intricacies of systems analysis and design. The purpose is to
    Information Systems Architecture and Technology
    This course provides a conceptual survey of general systems theory followed by a
    IT Project Management
    This course provides leadership and management guidelines for the information technology
    Problems in Information Systems
    This course is designed to discuss the problems and issues associated with the practice of
    Information Management and Data Loss Prevention
    This course prepares students to plan and implement processes to ensure proper
    Computer and Network Security
    The course covers philosophies of computer systems and network security. We will discuss
    Introduction to Information Systems
    Programming Mobile Applications
    Object Oriented Programming
    Data Structures & Algorithms

    CAREER SKILLS COURSES

    Students must complete a total of 12 credits of Career Skills courses.

    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    Steps to Career Success
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Internship
    The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment.

    ELECTIVE COURSES

    Student must complete a minimum of 8 credits of Elective courses within any school to broaden their skills in area(s) of interest.

    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

    Students must complete a total of 64 credits of General Education courses with a grade of C or better needed in all required courses.

    English Composition 1 *
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments.
    English Composition 2 *
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    American Literature
    This course will survey a range of work produced in the United States and engage students with a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Students will be given the opportunity to read and appreciate a wide variety of poetry, fiction, and drama.
    Professional Communications
    This course focuses on the writing and speaking skills essential for clear communication within professional, business, and organizational contexts. Emphasis is placed on the principles and practical application of professional communication behaviors and rhetorical sensitivity. The course involves research, writing, and speaking assignments that lead to a professional report and formal presentation.
    Art History
    This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationship between historical
    History of Technology
    This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
    American Government & Politics
    This course involves the study of U.S. political institutions at the national level, state and local government and politics, political parties, policy making, elections, and the field of public administration. Students will gain knowledge of the founding principles and structure of American government, political institutions, political processes, political behavior, and public policy.
    Social & Cultural History of the United States
    Focuses on the social and intellectual history of the United States with emphasis on the special qualities of American culture. Explores such areas as: religion, art, literature, music, economics, and politics.
    International Relations
    This course will examine the field of international and global politics. The course provides an analysis of the fundamentals of international law, organization, and politics particularly as relevant to contemporary international relations.
    College Algebra *
    This course is an introductory course presenting the principles of elementary algebra. Topics covered will include: the real number system, solving linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, exponents and radicals, and an introduction to functions and the Cartesian coordinate system.
    Physical Science
    GEM170 Physical Science 4 Credits This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100
    Personal Finance
    This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
    Pre-Calculus*
    This course explores definitions and concepts of functions and graphs. Topics include properties of absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, techniques for solving equations and inequalities, and an introduction to the concept of limits and the difference quotient.
    Statistics
    Students will gain an understanding of data analysis; correlation and regression; sampling and experimental design; basic probability (random variables, expected values, normal and binomial distributions); hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means, proportions, and regression parameters; use of spreadsheet software. These concepts will be applied to business applications through case study analysis, and practical application problems.
    Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus*
    Topics covered include systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, differential calculus, exponential functions and the mathematics of finance. The primary focus is the application of each of these topics. The graphing calculator (TI83) is used throughout the course to discover and to gain insights into the fundamental concepts.
    Psychology
    This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
    Ethics
    This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Social Problems
    This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
    Human Relations
    This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
    Principles of Microeconomics
    This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
    Cultural Diversity
    This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
    Leadership Principles
    Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to 56 be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry choices in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention.
    Social Psychology
    This course is a study of how individuals think, feel and behave in social situations and what influences the social behavior of individuals. The course will examine interpersonal and group dynamics, communications, social and personal roles, and practices of large and small groups in business situations.
    Ethical Issues in Business & Industry
    Introduces principles of ethical thinking and applies them to situations and models for business decision-making. Provides an analysis and examination of significant contemporary ethical issues and challenges that exist throughout business and industry. Ethical dilemmas and decision-making frameworks and approaches at the personal, organizational and societal levels will be explored. Student engagement in real-world applications and issues are a critical portion of the course.

    * Required Courses

  • Careers

    The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology prepares graduates for careers in a variety of support and systems positions that are as different as the employers who need these skilled professionals.

    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Computer Network Architect
    • Database Administrator
    • Database Programmer
    • IT Project Manager
    • IT Governance Specialist
    • Information Security Analyst
    • Digital Forensics Specialist
    • Software Developer
    • IT Business Analyst
  • Certifications

    Certifications add depth to your learning experience. As part of the PTC Bachelor’s in IT program you will have the opportunity to learn the following certifications to enhance your credentials.

    • CompTIA: A+, N+, Security+, Server+, Project+
    • Microsoft Certificates: MCP, MTA
    • Cisco: CCNA Routing and Switching, CCENT, CCT

    PTC also has partnerships with: Amazon AWS Educate, CompTIA, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Unity Technologies.

  • Advisory Board

    The curriculum for this program is regularly reviewed by PTC’s Information Technology Advisory Board. This group of business IT professionals ensure that the concepts and practices taught in the program are consistent with the skills businesses are looking for.

    If a career in information systems and information technology concepts, real-world IT challenges and developing creative solutions sounds right for you, consider our B.S.I.S.T. at Pittsburgh Technical College. You will find the skills IT employers are looking for.

    For graduation rates, earnings and educational debt information, please visit us online at ptcollege.edu/disclosures

  • Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

    For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:

    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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