Information Technology - Applications Software Development (BTech)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Technology (BTech)
Academic Department Info: 

The Bachelor of Technology degree in information technology: applications software development at Alfred State is designed to prepare graduates to enter the work force as IT professionals with a special emphasis in programming and database applications. A four-course sequence in database application is provided. The programming language sequence includes modern languages such as C#, Java, and C++. In addition, students receive a sound foundation in web development, networking, and microcomputer systems. Additional upper-level courses are provided in management, oral and written communication, and business. A full semester internship is included.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the information technology: applications software developement program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Produce object-oriented application software with current development programming languages.
  • Produce functional databases with current DBMS such as Oracle, MySQL, Access, etc.
  • Use the appropriate database design methodologies.
  • Perform the full life cycle of software development.
  • Develop an outline for an information system project.
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot basic hardware.
  • Identify and utilize business principles and problem solving techniques.
  • Demonstrate and use managerial principles of business.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
  • Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra,Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.


Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 1910, (215) 662-5606 and an internal review is conducted every five years.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Emphasizes programming and database administration
  • Experience with several modern languages
  • Contains good foundation in the IT area as well as management courses
  • Full semester internship is required
  • Newly updated labs provide state-of-the-art hands-on experience
  • Two networking labs, one systems lab, and four general purpose labs
Articulation Agreements: 

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements will be developed.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 128 credit hours inclusive of physical education courses
  • 39 credit hours in major field required courses
  • 24 credit hours in professional courses
  • 18 credit hours in core concentration
  • 30 credit hours in liberal arts courses
  • a 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
  • other requirements as stated in College academic regulations
  • 8 general education areas are required with 3 of 5 (art, language, American history, western civilization, other world civilizations)
Career Opportunities: 

Organizations of all types and sizes need computer professionals. The primary employment field includes database administrators, programmers, and systems analysts. Due to the solid foundation in all the major fields of information technology, the job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous. They include database administrators, software developers, network support, project managers, user support, Web developers, IT managers, technical sales, and technical support staff, to name a few.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in information technology. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into this degree at the junior level.

Typical Semester Layout: 

IT majors can expect to take between 15 to 18 credits a semester. With labs, students can expect to spend about 20 hours in formal classroom or lab instruction a week. Out-of-class work will account for another 20 to 30 hours but is dependent upon the student. Average class size is under 25 with many under 20.

First Semestercredits
CISY1023Intro to Information Tech3
CISY1113Intro to Computer Prog3
 xxx3Gen Ed Social Science3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
 xxx3Gen ed - Other3
Second Semestercredits
CISY4103Visual Prog & Dev3
CISY2143Microcomputer Systems I3
LITR2603Intro To Literature3
CISY2153Database Appl & Prog3
MATH xxx3College Algebra or Higher*3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education1
Third Semestercredits
CISY4033Networking I3
CISY3223Web Page Development3
MATH2124Statistics Methods & Analysis OR 
MATH1123Statistics I3-4
 xxx3Gen Ed "Other"3
ACCT1124Financial Accounting4
Fourth Semestercredits
CISY4063Systems Analysis3
BUAD3153Fund of Management3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
CISY4003Introduction to Data Structures3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Fifth Semestercredits
CISY6503Object Oriented Prog3
BUAD5003Mgt Communications3
 xxx3Gen Ed "Natural Science"3
 xxx3Professional Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
COMP5703Technical Writing II3
Sixth Semestercredits
CISY5723Essentials of Info Security3
CISY7003Project Management3
CISY5403Database Concepts3
 xxx3Concentration Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Professional Elective - Upper3
Seventh Semestercredits
CISY8503Applied Database Management3
CISY8603Seminar in Critical Issues in Info Technology3
 xxx3Upper Level Lib Arts Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Upper Level Professional Elective3
Eighth Semestercredits
CISY8712Information Technology Internship**12

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

** GPA of 2.5 or higher required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall; internship is student-initiated.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees6512
Responding to Survey5 (83%)1 (20%)7 (58%)
Employed4 (80%)1 (100%)7 (100%)
Employed in Field4 (100%)1 (100%)7 (100%)
Transferred1 (20%)----
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (6)