Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2019-20 Academic Catalog Program: Computer & IT Security - CITS.AS Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Computer & IT Security - CITS.AS

Network security is a problem that almost every company faces, yet there are only a handful of two-year colleges nationwide that address this issue, and none in Massachusetts until now.

The biggest asset a company has is its data. The data must not be compromised, stolen, changed, or intruded upon. Graduates of this program will be prepared to assess a company’s risk, document security procedures, implement those procedures, and check for security breaches in the system.

Computer security is known to be a very fast-growing field; currently there are too few professionals to fill the positions available. The shortage of information assurance professionals in the federal government alone is projected to exceed 37,000 within the next six years. Graduates with associate degrees can be hired as entry-level Internet, security, network, systems or support administrators or specialists, and are prepared to integrate new security skills into their responsibilities, and serve in corporate security teams.

Courses in this new degree option include topics such as access, control systems, network security concepts (media, LAN topologies and access methods, protocols, standards, threats and controls), cryptography, operations security, and security management.

All entering CIT majors taking one or more CIT courses will be required to have their own laptop that satisfies certain minimum specifications. Click here for a list of laptop specifications.

Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Computer Information Technologies will be awarded.

Program Goals

The Computer Information Technologies Program will produce graduates who:

  1. Understand Computer Information Technology concepts in the context of real-world problems.
  2. Have the ability to protect desktops and servers from malicious threats.
  3. Demonstrate a proficiency in both Windows and Linux/Unix Operating Systems.
  4. Are able to configure and protect Network infrastructure.
  5. Can communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  6. Can conduct research from a variety of sources.

(CITS.AS) Curriculum

Semester 1

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIT-101 - CIT Foundations 3 credits
CMP-106 - Computer Basics: Concepts & Applications 3 credits
ENG-101 - English Composition 1 3 credits
EL-MATH - General Math Elective-100 Level or Higher 3-4 credits
CIT-115 - Python Programming 3 credits
CIT-115L - Lab: Python Programming 1 credits

Total: 16-17 credits

Semester 2

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIT-130 - UNIX 1 3 credits
CIT-120 - Windows 1 3 credits
CIT-160 - Networks 1 3 credits
EL-MATH - General Math Elective-100 Level or Higher 3-4 credits

Select one:

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENG-102 - English Composition 2 3 credits
ENG-104 - Technical Report Writing 3 credits

Total: 15-16 credits

Semester 3

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIT-161 - Networks 2 3 credits
CIT-250 - Internet/Network Security 1 3 credits
EL-HUM - General Humanities Elective 3 credits

ELCITS - (Two Courses Required)

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIT-121 - Windows 2 3 credits
CIT-201 - Database Systems and Security 3 credits
CIT-201L - Lab: Database Systems and Security 1 credits
CIT-225 - Computer Maintenance A+ 3 credits
CIT-225L - Lab: Computer Maintenance A+ 1 credits
CIT-131 - UNIX 2 3 credits

Total: 15-16 credits

Semester 4

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIT-251 - Internet/Network Security 2 3 credits
CIT-252 - Advanced Security Topics 3 credits
CIT-162 - Networks 3 3 credits
EL-SOC - General Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3 credits
EL-GED - General Education Elective 3 credits

Total: 15 credits

Total (CITS.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 61-64


Students having certain professional IT certifications may be able to receive college credit for one or more courses in this program. For information, please see IT Certification pages and your academic advisor.

Department Personnel


Name Title Office Phone Email
Lillian Beauchemin Professor 02/219 413-755-4092
Brian Candido Associate Professor/Program Chair 02/223 413-755-4876
Andy Maynard Professor 02/238 413-755-4120
Kobi Shemesh Professor 02/212A 413-755-5604