2024-2025 Catalog 
  
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Computer Information Technology (CIT-AAS), A.A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus


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Associate of Applied Science

The Computer Information Technology (CIT) associate degree offered through the College of Business at Ferris, prepares you to support businesses and other organizations with their computing needs. The hands-on approach prepares you to be successful for industry certifications such as CompTIA’s A+, Network +, Linux+, and Microsoft. You gain knowledge and skills required for jobs such as computer support specialist, help-desk support personnel, networking administrator, system administrator, and security specialist. After completing the CIT associate degree, you may transfer your courses into the bachelor’s degree in CIT, giving you a streamlined pathway to further your studies.

Program Outcomes


1. Students will have a technical understanding of computing technology, networking, and security, as well as the communication skills and professional knowledge required for an entry-level IT professional.
2. Students will implement, monitor, maintain and troubleshoot network services related to computing, storage, networks, and security in a physical, virtual or cloud environment.

Admission Requirements


New Student Admission Requirements


2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)

  • SAT Scores Two of the Three Criteria:
    1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
    2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109  or MATH 110  will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
    3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher.
  • ACT Scores Two of the Three Criteria:
    1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
    2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
    3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements


  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150  or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114  or MATH 115  or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49

University Requirements - 18 to 20 Credits Required


First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required


All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 18 to 19 Credits Required


Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 6 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 to 4 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


Natural Sciences Competency - 3 Credits Required


One course is required with a minimum of 3 credits: must be a lab course.

Self and Society Competency - 3 Credits Required


College Requirements - 42 Credits Required


Major Courses - 15 Credits Required


These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

Professional Component - 12 Credits Required


These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

Additional Requirements - 3 Credits Required


These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

Concentration - 12 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


Choose one concentration.

Systems Support Concentration (SYSS) - 12 Credits Required


These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

CIT Custom Concentration (CSTT) - 12 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Advisor Approval)
  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Advisor Approval)
  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Advisor Approval)
  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Advisor Approval)

Notes


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Computer Information Technology students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements


These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements


These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA is required in the Major Courses, Professional Component, and Concentration sections.
  • Credits that are not a part of a completed degree, either from Ferris State University or transfer, that are older than 10 years will not be counted toward the courses in the College Requirements section. Exceptions to this rule may be considered by petitioning the program coordinator.
  • Pass the CompTIA A+ certification and two other third-party certifications pre-approved by their advisor.

Suggested Semester Layout


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First Year


Total Credits: 15-17

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Second Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15-18

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15-18

Contact Information


Accountancy, Finance and Information Systems Department
(231) 591-2434
[email protected]

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