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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

MAJOR: Information and Communication Technology

Requirements (120 credits)

Preparatory (80 credits)

As a completion program, entering students are expected to have completed two years of college-level work and satisfied the following requirements. Those who have not must do so.

General Education (43 credits)

State of New Mexico Common Core (35 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
English Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area II: Mathematics (3 credits)
College Algebra

3 cr.

Area III: Laboratory Science (8 credits)
Laboratory Science Electives

8 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Religion electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Miscellaneous (6 credits)

Object Oriented Programming

3 cr.

Computation and Presentation Software or Microsoft Office

3 cr.

PC Maintenance

3 cr.

Electives (36 credits)

(Typically content courses from an A S or AAS)

36 cr.

Program Specific Requirements (48 credits)

Institution Specific General Education (6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Electives

6 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Information and Communication Technology (42 Credits)

ICT 320Applications Software for Technologists

3 cr.

ICT 339Introduction to Digital Forensics and Incident Response

3 cr.

ICT 360Operating Systems for ICT

3 cr.

ICT 362Software Technology II

3 cr.

ICT 364Windows Server Administration

3 cr.

ICT 377Computer Networking I

3 cr.

ICT 435Senior Project

3 cr.

ICT 450Ethical Hacking

3 cr.

ICT 457Introduction to Information Security Technology

3 cr.

ICT 458Database Design and Applications

3 cr.

ICT 460Web Technologies and Multimedia

3 cr.

ICT 462Remote Access Operating Systems with Linux/Unix

3 cr.

ICT 463Computer Systems Administration

3 cr.

ICT 477Computer Networking II

3 cr.

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology is a distance education degree completion program. The program focuses on the knowledge and experience that is required to design, implement and manage a variety of information systems. The curriculum includes the study of computer hardware, application and operating systems software, system integration, database design and management, networking and network security. Graduates of the program can expect to enter the workforce with titles that include Information Technologist, Systems or Network Administrator, Project Manager, Database Administrator and Computer Support Specialist.

The program is designed to be an educational path to the baccalaureate degree for graduates of computer and technology-related associate degree programs from community colleges or other two-year institutions. It is also a viable degree path for students who have completed the freshmen and sophomore years of computer or technology-related programs at four-year institutions including New Mexico State University.

The ICT program is a distance education program and does not require any on-campus visits. Students who are successful in distance education programs typically are self-motivated, do not rely heavily on face-to-face instruction, work independently, and can remain on schedule. Students must have familiarity with, and access to:

  • a high speed Internet connection
  • a sound card, and
  • a microphone.

This program was not designed to be an engineering or engineering technology program, although there is significant overlap with one of the engineering technology programs (ET I) offered by the department. Thus, the Information and Communication Technology Program differs from all other baccalaureate programs offered by departments in the College of Engineering in that it is not accredited by ABET Inc., the accrediting entity for academic programs in engineering and technology. However, the ICT program is accredited under New Mexico State University's umbrella accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.