Department of Applied Computing & Electronics
The University of Montana
The Information Technology degree program prepares students for entry-level technical support positions in the career field of Computing and Information Technology. The program provides students with a well-rounded technical background for computer support. Requirements include coursework in programming, operating systems, networking, PC hardware, data modeling, and web technologies. The “soft skills” of oral communications, written communications, and human relations required for success in the field are developed and refined through general education. All students gain work experience in their field of study through the completion of an internship. Students are also required to complete an industry certification process and a certification exam.
The Information Systems Management option emphasizes application development and business process. Students learn to write software using an object-oriented programming paradigm for deployment to the web and the desktop. Relational database design, structured query language (SQL), and the ability to create applications which push and pull information from databases are highlighted. Graduates seek careers as computer support specialists, help desk technicians, web developers, software developers, and database administrators.
Network administrator has become a common job title across all career fields. The Network Management option provides students with a background in network administration for supporting users and computing in a networked environment. Coursework in network operating systems, server administration, routers, switches, security, and IP telephony are all embedded in the Network Management option.
The University of Montana is a Cisco Networking Academy, a CompTIA Authorized Academy, and a member of the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. Opportunities exist for professional certification from Cisco (CCENT/CCNA), Microsoft and Comp TIA (A+, Network+ and Security+).
Students are accepted into the program autumn term. Students entering the program should be prepared with basic computing skills (keyboarding, word processing, file management, and Internet applications) and adequate preparation in mathematics (completion of M090 or equivalent placement scores). Underprepared students should allocate an additional semester to the suggested four semester sequence. Some classes are available online. All students attempt at least one industry certification and complete at least one online course. Academically prepared students can complete the Associate of Applied Science degree and at least one industry certification within two years. All credits earned in the program fulfill partial requirements towards a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree through The University of Montana.
Upon completion of the program students will:
Students with an option in Information Systems Management will:
Students with an option in Network Management will:
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The Computer Support Certificate of Applied Science is a first step for individuals interested in building a technical skill set for a career involving Information Technology. It is part of a laddered credential approach involving a one-year certificate, industry certification, a two-year associate degree, and a four-year baccalaureate degree. All credits completed for the Information Technology A.A.S. degree fulfill partial requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree.
Applied Computing & Electronics
Missoula College UM
909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
Fax: (406) 243-7899