2019-2020 Academic Catalog

IT Fundamentals

Degree

Certificate (Federal aid eligible if certificate is combined with Associate of Science degree. Not eligible for federal aid as a standalone certificate.)

Overview

Any job in Information Technology is going to require a solid foundation of core knowledge.  This certificate is designed to provide a foundation of the following technologies:

  • Networking fundamentals
  • Databases and how to query information
  • Windows Server basics, including Active Directory, Power Shell, etc.
  • Linux Administration
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Career Opportunities

Companies are eager to hire people with understanding and skills necessary to manage their corporate IT infrastructure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to install different servers.
  • Design, configure, and query a relational database.
  • Configure a peer-to-peer network.
  • Demonstrate cybersecurity techniques including configuring proper security policies.
  • Prepare students to take industry certification exams.
  • Demonstrate proficiency through experiential learning and projects.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 130Intro to Windows Serv Admin

3 credits

IT 143Structured Query Language(SQL)

3 credits

IT 150Introduction to Networking

3 credits

IT 210Linux Administration

3 credits

IT 212Cybersecurity Fund

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 15

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon preparatory courses required, additional semesters may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 130Intro to Windows Serv Admin

3 credits

IT 150Introduction to Networking

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 143Structured Query Language(SQL)

3 credits

IT 210Linux Administration

3 credits

IT 212Cybersecurity Fund

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 15

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum of 15 total semester credit hours as outlined
  2. Grade of C or higher in all core courses
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher

The following certifications can be obtained at the completion of the corresponding course (assuming final exam scores meet the established requirements).

  • Server Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in the latest Windows Server environment
  • Linux Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in the fundamentals of configuring a Linux environment
  • Network Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in basic networking technologies and environments
  • Security Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in Cybersecurity fundamentals

Students who successfully complete this certificate will have the knowledge to sit for the following industry exams after completing these courses.  These exams are not required to pass the course and there is an additional charge to sit for the exam.

  • Network+ CompTIA’s certification of proficiency in basic networking technologies and environments
  • Security+ CompTIA’s certification of proficiency in Cybersecurity fundamentals
  • Linux + CompTIA’s certification of proficiency in Linux fundamentals