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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Technology, BS


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Computer Technology, BS 

The Computer Technology Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology Program is for the student whose primary interest is in applying computing technology to create real-world Information Technology (IT) systems and pursue careers in the Information Science multidiscipline. Graduates of the Program will be prepared to combine their knowledge of current computer tools and technologies and their expertise in effective communication within information science field settings.

Bowie State University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Every student graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology earns the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Certificate of Completion, stating that all mandatory knowledge unit requirements have been satisfied in Cyber Defense Education to qualify as a cybersecurity professional.

 

Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor’s Degree recipients of the Computer Technology Program are expected to

1. Apply core technological principles of hardware and software to analyze and solve real-world problems.

2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, as an individual, and as a member of a team.

3. Become professionally employed and/or enrolled in professional development, including advanced graduate studies, in Computer Technology or a related area (i.e., Information Sciences).

Upon completion of at least 120 credits of required and elective courses in Computer Technology and required general education and university courses, a student will be awarded the B.S. degree in Computer Technology. Elective courses give students the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in the areas of Technology and Information Sciences. Cooperative education programs are also available to our students.

 

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Technology Program will, by the time of graduation, have the following knowledge, abilities, and appreciation of professional standards.

1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Degree Requirements


II. CTEC Program Tracks (12-15 semester hours)


III. CTEC Program Electives


The CTEC Program Track, courses together with the CTEC Program Electives, must total at least 15 semester hours.  Additional credits may be required to meet the 120 required credits to graduate.  A student in one track may take a CTEC course not required by their track as an elective, provided the student satisfies the prerequisite(s) for the selected course.

IV. Required Mathematics Courses (7 semester hours)


V. Courses In Natural Laboratory Sciences (7-8 semester hours)


Two courses from two different natural sciences; At least one course must have an associated laboratory experience. For example:

BIOL ___ Biology
CHEM ___ Chemistry
PHSC ___ Physical Science
PHYS ___ Physics

VI. Required English Course (3 semester hours)


Note:


Computer technology majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course in areas I through VI above.

VII. General Education Requirements (18 semester hours)


English Composition (6 semester hours)


Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)


Choose from designated General Education courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, and theater. (The Arts and Humanities Elective must be in a discipline other than COMM.)

Social Sciences (6 semester hours)


Choose from designated General Education courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or interdisciplinary social science. (The Social Sciences Elective must be in a discipline other than HIST.)

Note:


Science (7-8 semester hours), Mathematics (3 semester hours), and Technology (3 semester hours) General Education Requirements are satisfied by required courses in areas I through IV. Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours) are usually satisfied by courses in area I (Technology category) and a prerequisite course in area IV (Mathematics category).  Additional Free General Education Electives,if needed, are chosen,with Departmental advisement, from designated General Education courses in any category.

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)


Choose, with Departmental advisement, from designated General Education courses in any category. Usually, courses in area I (Technology category) and a prerequisite course in area III (Mathematics category) fulfill this requirement.

Note:

The Department reserves the right to specify suitable General Education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

VIII. Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)


Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)


 Freshman Seminar (FRSE 101) is required for all entering freshmen and for all transfer students with fewer than 12 Credits.

Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)


Choose one of the General Education courses designated for this category.

General Electives


The remaining credits needed to make the total at least 120 should be chosen by the student in consultation with his/her advisor.

Sample Program


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Total: 12

Second Semester


Total: 12

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