Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology

Program Overview
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Systems Technology (IST) degree program immerses students in information systems technology and provides skills and knowledge essential to effectively support the design, planning and management of information infrastructures and information resources within diverse organizational settings in all aspects of our increasingly digital culture and economy. The curriculum introduces concepts upon which information systems are founded and analyzes them as suitable solutions to real-world problems. The BS-IST degree addresses the need for information systems technology professionals with systems management and development expertise.

Admissions Requirement
1. AS, AA, Bachelor’s degree or 60 credits from a regionally accredited school
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
3. Completed the following prerequisite coursework:

  • MAC 1105 - College Algebra
  • STA 2023 - Statistical Methods
  • ECO 2013 - Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • CGS 1060 - Introduction to Microcomputer Usage
  • CGS 1540 - Database Concepts Design
  • COP 1334 - Introduction to C++ Programming
  • and either CTS 1134 - Networking Technologies or CTS 1650 - Networking Fundamentals

Note: you may be required to retake technical courses if they were taken more than 4 years ago and were not part of a completed degree.

Information Sessions Available
EnTec is offering information sessions for students interested in pursuing the BS-IST program.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the BS-IST program, students will be able to:

  • Define, analyze, and apply information system requirement
  • Design, implement, and administer effective information technology solutions based on requirements
  • Use appropriate project management methods in the creation of an information technology project plan
  • Identify and apply information technology methods used to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and its delivery systems
  • Identify and incorporate relevant ethical, legal, security, and social issues in a technology environment

Upper Division Coursework

  • CGS 3763 -Operating Systems Principles
  • CIS 3360 - Principles of Information Security
  • CIS 3510 - IT Project Management
  • CIS 4617 - Knowledge Management
  • CIS 4891 - Capstone Project
  • CIS 4347 - Information Storage Management
  • COP 4723 - Database Administration

Discipline Content - Networking

  • CNT 4603 - System Administration and Maintenance
  • CNT 4702- Network Design and Planning

Discipline Content - Application Development

  • COP 4656 - Mobile Application Development
  • COP 4834 - Data Driven Web Applications

Links for more information

  • A.A. pathway to Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology S5500 / S9500
  • A.S. pathway to Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology S5500 / S9500
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology interest form

FAQs for the BS-IST

  • What career opportunities exist for graduates?
    • The BS-IST prepares students for employment in such occupations as Information Technology (IT) Managers, Information Systems (IS) Managers, Database Administrators (DBA), Computing Services Directors, Software Development, and Technical Services Managers.
  • Can I transfer credits from another institution?
    • Yes, provided the courses you have taken fit into the program requirements of the BS; you earned a C or higher with a 2.0 GPA in lower division technology classes; and the courses were taken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Is there a limit to the number of credits I can transfer?
    • While many of your credits from another institution might meet requirements of the BS-IST, not all may count toward the degree. In order to be awarded the BS-IST from MDC, the last 30 credits need to be completed at MDC. This may limit the number of transfer credits.
  • Can I substitute classes I have taken for the prerequisites listed in the admissions requirement above?
    • The prerequisite courses are required by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisite Manual approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee. Universities and community colleges cannot grant unapproved course substitutions for either native students or transfers from Florida public institutions. In some cases a higher level course, for example Calculus may be substituted for college algebra, but only as defined within the Common Course Prerequisites Manual.
  • After graduating can I pursue a masters degree?
    • The BS meets the general bachelor’s degree requirements for acceptance into most masters programs. We recommend, however, that you review the admission requirements at the specific institution you plan to attend.
  • I haven’t met the Foreign Language requirement. Is there a way around it?
    • No, this is a requirement of the State of Florida to earn a bachelors degree. If you have not met the foreign language requirements of two courses but are fluent in a language other than English, you may also consider taking a CLEP exam. Please contact the testing office for more information.
  • Do you accept the computer competency test in lieu of the computer class?
    • No. Successfully completing CGS 1060 is a required pre-requisite for the program.
  • Will courses be offered online?
    • Yes, they are/will be offered online! Many of the elective courses are also currently available online through MDC’s Virtual College.
  • Is this program eligible for financial aid?
    • Yes. If you haven’t applied for financial aid, we urge you to do so immediately.
  • When will classes be offered?
    • The program will begin in the Fall 2014 (2014-1) term. This Summer Term (2013-3) would be a great time to make up any pre-requisites you might need.
  • Where will classes be offered?
    • The baccalaureate level courses will be offered initially at the North and Wolfson Campuses although all electives and pre-requisites are available at any location. The program will be expanded to additional campuses in subsequent semesters.
  • What is the average class size?
    • We expect that the average upper level class will be between 20 - 35 students.
  • What if I want to take the classes for both the Networking and Programming options?
    • You are more than welcome to do so keeping in mind that 8 of those credits will be excess credits for the degree and will probably not qualify for financial aid.