Information and Communication Technology - Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

(120 credits)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a distance education degree completion program. The program focuses on the knowledge and experience that is required to design, implement and manage a variety of information systems. The curriculum includes the study of

  • networking and network security
  • computer hardware,
  • application and operating systems software,
  • system integration,
  • database design and management,

Graduates of the program can expect to enter the workforce with titles that include Information Technologist, Systems or Network Administrator, Project Manager, Database Administrator and Computer Support Specialist.

The ICT program is a distance education program and does not require any on-campus visits. Students who are successful in distance education programs typically are self-motivated, do not rely heavily on face-to-face instruction, work independently, and can remain on schedule. Students must have familiarity with, and access to:

  • a high speed Internet connection,
  • a sound card, 4G of RAM minimum,
  • a microphone/Webcam
  • Microsoft Operating System and Office ®.

This program was not designed to be an engineering or engineering technology program, although there is significant overlap with one of the engineering technology programs (IET) offered by the department. Thus, the ICT program differs from all other baccalaureate programs offered by departments in the College of Engineering in that it is not accredited by ABET Inc.; however, the ICT program is accredited under NMSU's umbrella accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The program is designed to be a two-year degree completion educational path to a baccalaureate degree for graduates of computer and technology-related associate degree programs from community colleges or other two-year institutions. It is also a viable degree path for students who have completed the freshmen and sophomore years of computer or technology-related programs at four-year institutions including New Mexico State University.

General Education : State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
English Composition (for example ENGL 111G)4
Written Communications Elective (for example ENGL 218G) 13
Oral Communications Elective (for example COMM 265G) 13
Area II: Mathematics - see College Algebra below
Area III: Laboratory Science
Two Laboratory Science Electives - each must be 4 credits with a lab component 18
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Areas IV and V, with at least six credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Electives
Select 30 credits from typical content courses from an A S or AAS30
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives (must be from two different colleges) 16
Misc
PC Maintenance or Computer Hardware3
College Algebra (for example MATH 121G)3
Object Oriented Programming such as Java (or ICT 352)3
Program Specific Requirements - ICT courses
ICT 320Introduction to Internet Protocols3
ICT 339Introduction to Digital Forensics and Incident Response3
ICT 360Operating Systems for ICT3
ICT 362Software Technology II3
ICT 364Windows Server Administration3
ICT 377Computer Networking I3
ICT 435Senior Project3
ICT 450Ethical Hacking3
ICT 457Introduction to Information Security Technology3
ICT 458Database Design and Applications3
ICT 460Web Technologies and Multimedia3
ICT 462Remote Access Operating Systems with Linux3
ICT 463Computer Systems Administration3
ICT 477Computer Networking II3
Total Credits120
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As a completion program, entering students are expected to have completed two years of college-level work and satisfied the following requirements: The General Education requirements  as well as Viewing a Wider World courses.