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Computer Studies Department

Programs of Study


Computer Studies Programs

Track Descriptions

  • MCSE Certification Track
    The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification is an industry-recognized credential that can be very helpful in securing employment in the computer field wherever Microsoft products are in use.  This track allows the student to pursue this credential while gaining a much broader understanding of Computer Information Systems than a typical MCSE would have, making employability even greater.

  • L.A.M.P. Track
    This track allows the student to develop expertise in a group of open-source software programs that provide significant functionality without costly licensing agreements and are thus gaining popularity in the business community.  These open-source programs include the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, the MySQL database engine, and the PHP programming language. 
  • Ministry Track
    This track allows the student to develop expertise in a variety of software that provides capabilities specifically applicable to Christian ministry.  The track covers such skills as computer-based publishing, multimedia development, church support software, and website development.
  • Programming Track
    For students who have an interest in computer programming, this track provides training in various programming languages and advanced programming techniques.  An emphasis on program structure and documentation gives the student a firm foundation for future programming pursuits.
  • Systems Analyst Track
    This track extends the breadth of the student’s computer skills by combining several courses from other specialties and allowing the student to pursue two electives of their own choice. 
  • Computer Security Track
    Computer security skills are prized highly in the computer industry and graduates with credentials in this area will find their skills very marketable.  There are two primary organizations offering standard credentials, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC2), and the International Council of e-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).  These organizations offer certifications in different areas of computer security at various levels.  Our graduates could qualify for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI), and Certified Security Analyst (CSA) credentials as well as preparing to take the first steps in acquiring the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credential following one year of relevant experience.
  • Advanced Networking Track
    The core coursework of the Computer Information Systems major includes fundamental training in computer networks, enabling students to design and specify networking equipment and policies.  This track would extend the knowledge and skills of the student to enable the student to obtain industry-standard certifications in network-related areas of expertise.  The Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) and other security-related certifications would be available to students through the completion of this track.