Information Technology

Degrees and Credentials

Program Director: Thomas Gallagher

Information Technology is a University of Montana program of study in the Department of Applied Computing & Electronics offering a cluster of degrees and credentials at Missoula College. The program awards the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology with options in Network Administration & Security and Programming & App Development; the Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Computer Support; and Professional Certificates in Cybersecurity & Health Information Technology. The program of study is responsible for delivery of coursework in the Computer Science/Programming (CSCI) rubric, the Information Technology Systems (ITS) rubric, and the Health Information Technology rubric (HIT) at Missoula College.

The Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program prepares students for entry-level technical support positions in the career field of Computing and Information Technology. Students a well-rounded technical background with coursework in data modeling, networking, operating systems, PC hardware, security, coding, programming, and web technologies.  Soft skills involving business organization structure, customer service, problem solving, and writing are emphasized. 

Students are offered two options in pursuing the AAS degree in Information Technology. The Programming and App Development option provides students with the skills and abilities for entering careers in the software development industry. The Network Administration and Security option provides students the skills and abilities for entry positions as system administrators and cybersecurity analysts.

All students gain work experience in their field of study through the completion of an internship.  Students are also required to complete an industry certification process and a certification exam.

In working towards completion of the two-year AAS degree, students earn a Ceritficate of Applied Science in Computer Support following their completion of courses from the first year of the degree program.  

Certificates in Health Information Technology and Cybersecurity are available for practicing professionals and graduates to further hone skills in these specialized areas.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in supporting end-users by designing, installing and maintaining the hardware, software, and networking technologies used in information technology.
  • Describe the structure of organizations and the information technology resources needed to support it.
  • Demonstrate the workplace skills of effective communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Effectively utilize information technology as a research and productivity tool.
  • Identify the societal impact of information technology and apply appropriate best practices for security and safety.

Students with an option in Programming & App Development will:

  • Design, develop, code, and maintain desktop, mobile device, and web-based applications to support business functions of institutions and organizations.

Students with an option in Network Administration & Security will:

  • Configure, install, monitor, secure, troubleshoot, and manage networking connectivity technologies; server-based computing systems; and integrated video/voice/data systems.

Related Job Titles

  • Application Developer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Analyst
  • Datacenter Support Professional
  • Help-Desk Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Systems Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Web Developer

Related Occupations (US-DOL Occupations Handbook)

Academy Affliations

The Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology maintains close ties with industry through its Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA Academy.

Computer Support C.A.S. students are required to complete the CompTIA A+ certification exam prior to graduation. Information Technology A.A.S. degree also have the opportunity to pursue certification from Cisco (CCNA), Microsoft, and CompTIA (A+, Security+, and Network+).

For more information on Information Technology Industry Certifications, contact Thomas Gallagher.

The University of Montana has a Pearson-Vue Testing Center offering testing services for Adobe, Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, Linux, Novell, and Oracle certification. Further information on testing services can be found through the Career Service's Testing Services webpage.

Related Industry Certification Opportunities

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate
  • CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Support Technician
  • CompTIA Network+ Network Professional
  • CompTIA Security+ Security Professional
  • Microsoft Certified System Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

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