Information Technology

The degree programs in Information Technology provide students with a strong foundation in programming, problem analysis, problem solving, and software engineering, significantly supplemented with practical experience using hardware and software resources available in contemporary computer laboratories maintained by the Department. There are two Information Technology major pathways: Information Technology, and Information Technology with a concentration in Computer Networking. The Information Technology option provides students with a foundation in business and information systems to complement the core requirements in problem solving and programming in a business environment. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare the student for industry as a technically oriented member of an information systems development team. The Computer Networking option focuses on the technical aspects of computer networking.

Athens State University

  • Small class sizes
  • Taught by full-time faculty members
  • Career Development Center
  • Tutoring Lab specific to Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences
  • Lowest tuition rate in the state of Alabama
    • Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours)
      • $2,749 (Athens State)
      • $4,865 (UAH)
      • $4,800 (UNA)
      • $3,888 (JSU)
      • $3,900 (Troy)
Technology in Northern Alabama
  • Since 2017 Huntsville has had a 306% tech job growth
  • IT jobs will grow 22% through 2020
  • Per capita, Huntsville is one of the top five cities in the US with a concentration of software developers, and #4 in overall STEM workers.
  • In 2018 there were 4,711 open computing jobs in the state of Alabama
  • The average computing salary in the state of Alabama is $84,739
Computer Science & Information Technology Programs at Athens State
  • Classes incorporate service/project-based learning
  • Two of the four faculty members engage students in undergraduate research
  • Computer Science program is ABET-accredited
  • Information Security Concentration & Information Technology program being considered for ABET accreditation
  • Based on recent research the top Employers for Athens State Computer Science and Information Technology graduates are:
    • SAIC
    • Northrop Grumman
    • COLSA Corporation
    • Huntsville Hospital
    • Dynetics, Inc.
    • Boeing
    • KBRwyle
    • ADTRAN
    • Intergraph
    • Jacobs
    • Torch Technologies, Inc.
    • Yulista Aviation, Inc.
    • NASA.
General Education Courses
Area DisciplineCredit Hours
Written Composition(6 hours total)
Humanities/Fine Arts (12 hours total)
At least one fine arts course 3
At least one literature course*3
Other courses in humanities or fine arts6
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (11 hours total)
Precalculus Algebra or Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry3
Natural Sciences (lab based)8
History/Behavioral and Social Sciences(12 hours total)
At least one history course*3
Other courses in history or behavioral/social science9
Pre-Professional Requirements
Discipline/CourseHours
Calculus I or Business Calculus3-4
Principles of Accounting3
Statistical Methods of Business I3
Computer Programming Course3
CS 317 Computer Science I or sufficient score on Placement Exam0-3
HU 321 Research Sources and Skills1
Core Courses
Fundamentals of Computer Science CoursesHours
CS 318 Computer Science II3
CS 309 Introduction to Digital Logic Design3
CS 309L Digital Design Lab1
CS 310 Professional Ethics of Computing1
CS 372 Data Structures3
MA 308 Discrete Mathematics3
CS 380 Programming for the Web3
Fundamentals of Computer Networking Courses
ITE 305 Networking Fundamentals2
ITE 306 Local Area Networks2
Information Technology Core Courses
ITE 315 Systems Administration & Scripting Lang.3
ITE 321 Systems Analysis and Design3
ITE 420 Fundamentals of Information Security3
ITE 450 Human Computer Interaction3
Capstone Experience Courses
CS 451 Software Engineering3
CS 452 Senior Software Engineering Project3
CS 452L Senior Software Engineering Project Lab1
All students must also select a pathway and complete the required courses:

Information Technology
Professional Requirements
Information Technology Core Courses
ITE 327 Database Systems3
ITE 327L Database Systems Lab1
ITE 365 Visual Application Development or ITE 367 Enterprise Application Development3
ITE 441 Systems Integration and Architecture3
Select courses from the following (must total minimum 6 credit hours):

ITE 307 Wide Area Networks (2 hrs.)
ITE 308 Network Architectures (2 hrs.)
ITE 365* Visual Application Development or ITE 367* Enterprise Application
Development (*must be different from class taken for ITE Core Course) (3 hrs.)
ITE 371 Health Information Technology Concepts and Practices (3 hrs.)
ITE 382 Mobile Device Software Development (3 hrs.)
ITE 405 Internetworking Devices (2 hrs.)
ITE 406 The Internet (2 hrs.)
ITE 407 Network Processes and Protocols (2 hrs.)
ITE 408 Enterprise Network Design and Management (2 hrs.)
ITE 421 Digital Forensics (3 hrs.)
ITE 471 Information & Communication Systems in Health Care (3 hrs.)
Any 400-level Computer Science (CS) course (hours vary)

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Computer Networking
Professional Requirements
Computer Networking Core Courses
ITE 307 Wide Area Networks2
ITE 308 Network Architectures2
ITE 309L Network Security Lab1
ITE 405 Internetworking Devices2
ITE 406 The Internet2
ITE 407 Network Processes and Protocols2
ITE 408 Enterprise Network Design and Management2
ITE 409 Network Security3
ITE 409L Network Security Lab1
Computer Science Core Courses
CS 340 Introduction to Assembly Language3
CS 409 Computer Organization and Architecture3
CS 415 Operating Systems3
Select courses from the following (must total minimum 9 credit hours):

ITE 327/327L Database Systems and Database Systems Lab (4 hrs.)
ITE 365 Visual Application Development (3 hrs.)
ITE 367 Enterprise Application Development (3 hrs.)
ITE 371 Health Information Technology Concepts and Practices (3 hrs.)
ITE 382 Mobile Device Software Development (3 hrs.)
ITE 421 Digital Forensics (3 hrs.)
ITE 441 Systems Integration and Architecture (3 hrs.)
ITE 471 Information & Communication Systems in Health Care (3 hrs.)
Any 400-level Computer Science (CS) course (hours vary)

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Health Information Technology
Professional Requirements
Information Technology Core Courses
ITE 327/327L Database Systems and Database Systems Lab4
ITE 371 Health Information Technology Concepts and Practices3
ITE 441 Systems Integration and Architecture3
ITE 471 Information and Communication Systems in Health Care3
Health Science and Health Core Courses
HCM 340 Introduction to Health Care Systems3
HS 320 Biomedical Ethics3
HS 455 Health Care Administration Internship3
Approved Elective Courses
Select courses from the following (minimum 12 credit hours required, courses listed are 3 semester hours unless otherwise noted):

ITE 365 Visual Application Development
ITE 367 Enterprise Application Development
ITE 382 Mobile Device Software Development
ITE 421 Digital Forensics
Any 400-level Computer Science Course

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