Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

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Computing and Information Technologies BS

Program Overview

The BS in Computing and Information Technologies program prepares students for careers as architects, implementers, administrators and technical managers of computing networks, networked systems/components, software systems/components, and databases.  This includes a focus on customer requirements and threats to the integrity of these systems and the software and data that uses them.  All of these serve to build the students’ ability to develop strategic plans and function as network and system project managers. Graduates of the program can evaluate existing networks and computing systems, monitor such systems for faults, and lead in the strategic planning to facilitate system improvement and growth.  The program provides students a broad degree providing both breadth and depth of knowledge, with opportunities to pursue different avenues of specialization.  The degree focuses on five areas of computing: Database, enterprise administration, networking and communications, web administration, and web development.  Graduates of the CIT degree are the craftsmen that make it happen. They enjoy learning new things, working with people, solving problems, and building things. They use available tools to build the internet, VoIP infrastructure, private or public clouds, and virtual machines. The possibilities of what they can do are endless!

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 400 undergraduate students enrolled in the Information Sciences and Technologies department.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • BS students are required to complete at least two co-op work assignments, either two summers or one semester and one summer.
  • Both assignments must be completed prior to beginning Senior Development Project coursework.

Salary Information

Co-op: $17.42                      $10.00 - $22.50 range
FT: $68,750                          $60,000 - $77,000 range

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of the Second Undergraduate Academic Year:
Object-oriented application development using Java (two-course sequence). Web content design & development using HTML5 (responsive), CSS and JavaScript. Database design, normalization and SQL, routing and switching basics including TCP/IP, OSPF, STA, VLANS, and Ethernet, systems administrations skills and scripting with Python.
During the Third and Fourth Undergraduate Academic Year:
User interface design and advanced requirements gathering and data modeling. Depending on concentration choice, advanced skills in database (warehousing, management, unstructured data), networking (VoIP, sensor networks, design and performance), web development, and enterprise systems.

Equipment & Facilities

Over 300 computers for student use are distributed among several labs, including dedicated networking and systems administration labs. Each of these facilities is fully equipped with high-end Windows and UNIX based PC platform computers.
The labs have a full array of networking equipment from a variety of vendors such as Cisco, Extreme Networks, and Nortel including hubs, over 100 switches, and more than 80 routers.  In addition, the labs are also equipped with wireless access points (802.11a,b,g), layer 3 switches, as well as network simulation, network data capture and virtualization software.  To complement these labs, the department image servers which allow the students to save their work in progress as well as select from a wide variety of operating systems which can be cloned to build a wide range of experimental topologies and virtual infrastructures. There are 14 other computing labs in the college to assist students in other areas of the curriculum.  These labs include programming studios, database labs, multimedia labs, audio labs, as well as general purpose computing labs.
CIT Concentrations:Database applications, enterprise administration, networking and communications, web administration, web development

Nature of Work

Networkadministrators and computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organization’s local-area network (LAN), wide-area network (WAN), network segment, Internet, or intranet system. They provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and large corporations. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure its availability to system users. These workers gather data to identify customer needs and then use the information to identify, interpret, and evaluate system and network requirements. Administrators also may plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

Entry-level network and computer systems administrators are involved in routine maintenance and monitoring of computer systems, typically working behind the scenes in an organization. After gaining experience and expertise, they often are able to advance into more senior-level positions, in which they take on more responsibilities. For example, senior network and computer systems administrators may present recommendations to management on matters related to a company’s network. They also may translate the needs of an organization into a set of technical requirements based on the available technology. As with support specialists, administrators may become software engineers, actually involved in the designing of the system or network and not just its day-to-day administration. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

System Administrator, IT Technician, Network System Administrator, Network Technician, Database Developer, Web Developer, IT Specialist

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Ahold Inc, Amazon – IMDb, American Greetings Interactive, Apple, Avaya, Box, Brand Integrity, CISCO MERAKI, Cisco Systems Inc, clevermethod, Constant Contact, elogic Group LLC, Exelon Corp, Harris Corporation, IBM, IDI Billing Solutions, Intel Corporation, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, Jorsek LLC, Juniper Networks, M5 Networks, Next Jump, PayPal, The Hershey Company, Unisys, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in RIT co-op, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to make your recruiting endeavor a success.  Feel free to contact Stephanie Ryan, the career services coordinator who works with the Computing and Information Technologies program.  For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at
Stephanie Ryan, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7823; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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