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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

School of Information Technology and Computing


John Homer, Director
ACU Box 29304
Abilene, Texas 79699-9353
Mabee Business Building, Room 241

Phone: 325-674-6603
Fax: 325-674-2507
Email: john.homer@acu.edu

Faculty

Brian Burton, Associate Professor
Orneita Burton, Associate Professor
Robert R. Byrd, Associate Professor
C. Brad Crisp, Associate Professor
John Homer, Associate Professor
James Prather, Instructor
Raymond Pettit, Assistant Professor
Brent N. Reeves, Associate Professor
Jeremy St. John, Assistant Professor
Karen St. John, Instructor

Introduction

Rapid advances in information technology and computing have led to dramatic changes in society and in the global economy. Computing and technology fields claim some of the highest projected job growth in the United States, with software engineers, database and network administrators, game designers, and systems analysts among the top-rated careers.

The School of Information Technology and Computing (SITC) is the focal point at Abilene Christian University for education and career preparation in today’s fast-paced, high tech arena. We offer our students mentoring from highly-qualified Christian faculty, innovative curriculum and internship opportunities that create high job placement rates, and participation in research, real-world projects, and student organizations beginning their freshman year.

The SITC offers four Bachelor of Science programs:

  • Computer Science is a well-established major that prepares students for careers related to scientific computing, programming or software applications, or for continued study in graduate programs. This major offers optional concentrations in Computing Theory, Game Development, and Software Engineering.
  • Computer Science-Math with Teacher Certification is a cooperative major with the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education that prepares teachers to certify in computer science and math at the high school level.
  • Digital Entertainment Technology is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students for careers in game design and development, modeling, and animation. This major offers optional concentrations in Cinematics and Game Development as well as an 15-hour support area that students can use to customize their career direction.
  • Information Technology is a flexible major that prepares students to develop software applications and maintain technology infrastructures (e.g., networks, databases, security) in a variety of settings or disciplines. This major offers optional concentrations in Application Development and Security and Administration as well as an 18-hour support area that students can use to customize their career direction.

The SITC cooperates with other departments in the College of Business Administration to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems. This major offers a broad foundation for students interested in the strategic development and usage of information and technology in business. This major may be combined with optional concentrations in business or a minor in information technology. See additional information in the catalog section for the Department of Management Sciences .

The SITC also offers minors in Computer Science, Digital Entertainment Technology, and Information Technology.

Organization, Facilities and Resources

The School of Information Technology and Computing is an academic unit within ACU’s College of Business Administration. Students benefit from career development programs within the college while maintaining a primary focus on the computing and technology discipline. For those interested, students also gain access to resources to turn technology ideas into business ventures.

All classrooms and lecture halls are “smart” facilities, outfitted with Internet connections, video projectors, and other resources that facilitate multi-media instruction. Wireless hot spots are found throughout the academic facilities and students have access to virtual servers and some of the top applications software used in industry.

Student Organizations and Activities

The SITC sponsors student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS). We also have local Digital Entertainment Technology and Security clubs. Each year, teams of SITC students participate in the International Collegiate Programming Contest. Our students regularly participate in and win awards in campus activities such as Filmfest, SpringBoard Business Plan Competition, and the Undergraduate Research Festival. SITC also sponsors Wildcat Software, a student-run software company building software solutions for real clients.

Scholarships and Internships

Outstanding scholarship opportunities are available for students with strong academic credentials and who demonstrate promise for continued success in a technology field. Students with financial need are especially encouraged to apply. All scholarship inquiries should be directed to the School of Information Technology and Computing.

Student participation in internships is one of the most important aspects of the hiring decision of potential employers in the computer technology arena. Excellent internship opportunities are available for qualified students.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Additional travel opportunities are available through the SITC or the College of Business Administration. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

Admission Requirements

Before being admitted to one of the programs offered by the School of Information Technology and Computing, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information  section of this catalog.

Programs

    Bachelor of ScienceMinor

    Courses

      Computer ScienceDigital Entertainment TechnologyInformation TechnologyInformation, Technology, and Computing