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Associate or Bachelor: Which Works for Me?

Associate Degrees

There are two options for Associate degree majors. One leads to a job, while the other can lead to a job or a bachelor's degree on the Oxford campus.

A.A.S. Computer Technology (Continuation Option)

If you wish to earn an associate degree at the regional campuses and ultimately obtain a bachelor's degree in one of three computing programs that can be completed at the Oxford campus, this major is for you. You can complete an A.A.S. by taking approximately half of the courses for a bachelor's degree in one of the following majors: Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Engineering. After earning the A.A.S. you may relocate to the Oxford campus and continue with junior standing.

Bachelor Degrees

In a field as broad as Information Technology, it pays to give yourself an edge, a distinct and impressive difference that lifts you above the rest. Miami's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology does just that, it is offered only at the regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. The bachelor of Science in Information Technology features two great majors.

B.S. in IT: Information Technology Major

This program allows you to create and build a unique IT pathway based on your ultimate career goals and/or plans for graduate studies. 

Years 1 and 2 introduce the fundamentals of IT. In years 3 and 4 you will develop your specialization through a set of courses and electives, a faculty-guided research or individual project, and a year-long capstone.

B.S. in IT: Cybersecurity and Networking

Students learn by completing labs in a virtual environment to prepare for jobs such as: Compliance Officer, Cybersecurity Analyst, Ethical Hacker, Information Assurance Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Monitoring or Network Security to name a few.

CIT Minors

Cybersecurity Administration Minor

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing problems in the world today.   At the heart of the cybersecurity crisis is the misconfiguration of infrastructure, servers and endpoints that connect, store and display the world’s information. The Cybersecurity Administration minor provides students in all degree programs with an introduction to the threats and vulnerabilities that exist in the networked economy as well as how to evaluate, monitor, and harden assets against cyber threats. In addition, students will use red team/blue team techniques for penetration testing and will take courses to prepare them for a wide range of today’s most sought after security certifications. Students in other majors who also have a deep knowledge of networked security will be important players in their respective careers.

Data Intelligence through Information Technology

How to store, manage, and use data is a crucial component in almost any current domain or industry.  In addition, understanding how data is transformed into information enriches the skills that a student can provide to any organization.  This minor will provide students with the opportunity to use tools and techniques across all parts of the data lifecycle, including storage, management, analysis, use, and presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for CIT majors include:

Computer Technology, A.A.S. and Computer and Information Technology, A.A.S.

  1. Apply current methods and practices to support, manage, contribute to, and maintain the IT needs of an organization;
  2. Apply critical thinking and logical reasoning to research IT solutions and adapt to industry changes;
  3. Communicate technical requirements and solutions that ethically advance organizations, communities, and societies.

Cybersecurity and Networking, B.S., Health Information Technology, B.S. and Information Technology, B.S.

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions;
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline;
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts;
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles;
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline;
  6. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing based systems.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to build, maintain, and secure organizational IT assets.

Student Resources

Academic Advising

It is extremely important to talk with your advisor each semester to ensure you are making progress towards your degree.

Career Services

Each student's college journey is different, based on the individual's experiences, expectations, and life outside the classroom. The Office of Career Services and Professional Development is open to help students create a plan that supports the development of professional skills to connect them to career opportunities.

Technology Services

The Technology Services Departments work to bring innovation to the campuses and support students, staff, faculty, and the community in the use of technology. 

How do I get started?

Choose one of the options to start on your pathway to success!
Johnston Hall

Department of Computer and Information Technology

Hamilton Campus Mosler Hall 301
Middletown Campus Johnston Hall