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Business Technology Specialization Degree

NIACC’s Business Technology Specialization Degree is designed for students who are interested in developing a solid foundation in business and have a keen interest in computers. Students will prepare themselves for the continually changing marketplace by learning both “job getting” and “job keeping” skills. This program provides students with a real “competitive advantage” when pursuing employment.

Career Opportunities

Support staff in Accounting, Help Desk, Information Systems Technology, Management Information Systems, Personal Computer Hardware and/or Software, and Web Design.

Upon successful completion of the Business Technology curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students who know they wish to pursue a four-year degree and want to meet general education requirements of transfer institutions should pursue the A.A. degree. This will necessitate a slightly different curriculum.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First year - First Term

BCA-101 Introduction to Computers & Information Systems 3 s.h.
BUS-102 Introduction to Business 3 s.h.
NET-113 IT Essentials I 4 s.h.
NET-200 Introduction to Networking 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 3 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Term
BUS-122 Emerging Business Practices and Technologies 3 s.h.
NET-133 IT Essentials II* 4 s.h.
NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems 4 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 3 s.h.
14 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
BUS-121 Business Communications
OR BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
OR BUS-161 Human Relations (3 s.h.)
OR General Education elective (3 s.h.)
3 s.h.
CIS-125 Introduction to Programming Logic with Language 3 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
NET-613 Information Data Assurance* 3 s.h.
Information Technology Elective(s) 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Fourth Term
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
CIS-332 Database and SQL 3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II** 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 3 s.h.
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective(s) 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 60 s.h.

*Prerequisite: NET-113 IT Essentials I, or permission of instructor.
**Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I.

Check here for a list of Business Electives.

Recommended Information Technology Electives
CFR-100 Computer Forensics I* 3 s.h.
CFR-110 Ethics and the Information Age 3 s.h.
CFR-150 Computer Forensics II** 3 s.h.
NET-136 Operating Systems II* 3 s.h.
NET-225 Routing and Switching Essentials*** 4 s.h.
NET-226 Scaling Networks**** 4 s.h.
NET-227 Connecting Networks***** 4 s.h.
NET-261 Virtualization/Cloud Operations****** 3 s.h.
NET-314 Windows Server+ 4 s.h.
NET-324 Windows Network Management++ 4 s.h.
NET-609 Network Security**** 3 s.h.
NET-782 Computer Users Support* 3 s.h.

*Prerequisite: NET-113 IT Essentials I, or permission of instructor.
**Prerequisite: CFR-100 Computer Forensics I, or permission of instructor.
***Prerequisite: NET-200 Introduction to Networking
****Prerequisite: NET-225 Routing and Switching Essentials.
*****Prerequisite: NET-226 Scaling Networks
******Prerequisites: CFR-100 Computer Forensics I, NET-113 IT Essentials I, NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems, NET-324 Windows Network Management, or permission of instructor.

+Prerequisite: NET-324 Windows Network Management, or permission of instructor.
++Prerequisite: NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems.

NOTE: Electives may be from all Information Technology courses in the catalog in any combination if prerequisites are met or instructor permission is obtained, AND minimum degree requirements are met.

Business Internships

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Talk to the Business Internship Coordinator or your Counselor to decide when in your college career you should participate in an internship.
  2. Enroll in and pass Workplace Professionalism (BUS-162).
    • Workplace Professionalism is a 3 s.h. course that is a prerequisite to Business Internships ~ it can be taken at any time prior to a Business Internship.
  3. Upon passing Workplace Professionalism, the student is eligible for a Business Internship (BUS-225).
    • Students may register for a Business Internship only when they have located, secured and have had the internship site approved with the Business Internship Coordinator.
    • Business Internship credit ranges from 1 s.h. to 5 s.h. ~ this must be determined prior to registering for the course.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a Business Internship before graduating.