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2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog 
2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Computer and Information Sciences

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Program Information

The computer and information sciences major Springfield College is a professional program that includes a set of core requirements and an optional concentrations in internet and network security.

The optional internet and network security concentration provide students with the necessary skills to work as Internet and network security specialists in either the private business sector or in the government sector. Possible jobs upon graduation include network administrator, internet network security specialist, and computer system security specialist. Students who choose this concentration are well prepared to seek a variety of network certifications. Springfield College is working collaboratively with Springfield Technical Community College in the delivery of the curriculum for the internet and network security concentration.

All students in the computer and information sciences major are encouraged to consider minors in mathematics or business management.  In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities through the Career Center in order to gain on-the-job experience.

To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Computer and Information Sciences

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the computer and information sciences major, contact Lisa Bromberg, chairperson of the Mathematics/Physics/ Computer Science Department, at (413) 748-3754 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Curricular Requirements

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements

2. Internet and Network Security Concentration

Springfield Technical Community College courses (18 credits)

(all courses listed below are existing courses at STCC)

  • CIT 250 - Internet/Network Security 1 Credits: 3
  • CIT 160 - Networks 1 Credits: 3
  • CIT 161 - Networks 2 Credits: 3
  • CIT 162 - Networks 3: Advanced Network Topics Credits: 3
  • CIT 252 - Advanced Security Topics Credits: 3
  • CIT 251 - Internet/Network Security Credits: 3

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

IV. Advanced Standing and Program Standards

In order to continue in the computer and information sciences major, students must qualify for advanced standing during the spring semester of their sophomore year, prior to registration for junior-level classes. In order to qualify for advanced standing as a computer and information sciences major, students must:

  1. Achieve at least a 2.500 cumulative GPA.
  2. Achieve at least a 2.500 GPA in their program requirements.
  3. Complete all program requirements with a grade of C- or better. Courses in which unsatisfactory grades were received must be repeated.
  4. Be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their program of study, as determined by the academic advisor and the department.
  5. Have completed, or be in the process of completing, any program requirements in which an incomplete was received. (Incomplete grades in program requirements must be completed by the end of the semester following the receipt of the incomplete, unless an extended deadline has been negotiated.)

Students who do not meet these minimum standards are placed on departmental probationary status for a period of not more than one year. A student will be removed from departmental probationary status if and only if the minimum standards for advanced standing have been met. A student who is unable to meet the minimum standards during the probationary period will be subject to being dropped from the major. Once achieved, advanced standing must be maintained in order to continue in the major and complete the program.

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