Sep 21, 2023
The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Information Systems Technology program is designed to prepare graduates for higher level employment in Information Technology management in areas such as systems programming, systems design and architecture, network security, and help desk support services. The program also provides the professional development necessary to help meet the growing regional demand for skilled Information Technology workers in Southwest Florida. This degree is specifically designed to provide a career and educational pathway particularly for graduates from Florida SouthWestern State College’s Associate in Science in Computer Programming and Analysis and/or the Associate in Science in Network Systems Technology.
- Applicants must apply for admission and be accepted to Florida SouthWestern State College. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants must have earned:
An Associate in Science degree from any regionally accredited college or university, as defined by State Board of Education rule, with a minimum of 60 credit hours,
An Associate in Arts degree from any regionally accredited college or university, as defined by State Board of Education rule, with a minimum of 60 credit hours,
A minimum of 60 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university, as defined by State Board of Education rule, with all state of Florida general education core requirements met.
- Students are encouraged to apply for admission during the term in which they will complete their Associate degree program.
- Applicants not meeting stated admission criteria may petition for program admittance if they feel there are mitigating circumstances. Applicants must submit an official petition form to the Office of the Admissions.
- Students may demonstrate proficiency in some or all required lower division coursework by presenting proof of current and appropriate industry certification according to FSW’s most current Gold Standard list. Articulation credit may also be awarded for some or all industry certifications subject to individual evaluation.
Requirements to Enroll in Baccalaureate Courses
- Upon admission to the BAS program, students must attend a required orientation session prior to enrollment in baccalaureate (3000 and 4000 level) courses.
- Students must complete ENC 1101 - Composition I , ENC 1102 - Composition II , and three credit hours of approved mathematics, all with a grade of C or better, prior to enrollment in any baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) courses. (Refer to the General Education Program Guide )
- Students must complete MAN 2021 - Management Principles , during the first term of enrollment if not previously completed.
- Cross-enrollment approval: Baccalaureate degree seeking students must obtain prior approval to cross enroll (as a transient student) in courses intended to fulfill baccalaureate program
requirements. Approval will be determined by the appropriate dean in collaboration with program faculty. Students initiate this process using Florida Virtual Campus: www.floridashines.org/.
- Students who have not fulfilled the State of Florida General Education Core requirements must complete them. Students who transfer to Florida SouthWestern State College with a previous Associate in Arts degree from a Florida state college, or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, are considered to have met the General Education component of the degree.
- Students who have previously earned an Associate in Arts or a baccalaureate degree from a college or university outside the State of Florida will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine which courses will meet the 36-hour General Education Requirements. Students must have earned equivalent credit hours in each General Education category.
- Students are permitted to complete remaining General Education and lower division courses while enrolled in the BAS program. However, prior to enrollment in CIS 4891 - Senior Capstone Project, students must have completed all General Education courses and 36 upper-division credit hours. The capstone course must be taken at Florida SouthWestern State College and is not eligible for cross-enrollment.
- Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation. For residency purposes, a minimum of 15 baccalaureate program (3000 or 4000 level) credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Florida SouthWestern State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for Developmental Studies instruction may not be applied toward the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
- Students must complete the State of Florida General Education Core Requirements, including any assessment of General Education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Florida SouthWestern State College with a previous Associate in Arts degree from a Florida College or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the General Education component of the degree.
- The Civic Literacy Competency Requirement may be met by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Exam and by successfully passing a civic literacy course.
- The Foreign Language Competency Requirement may be met by:
- 2 years of the same High School Foreign Language, or
- Documented foreign language proficiency through testing (for example, CLEP), or
- 2 semesters of the same College Level Foreign Language (Level II proficiency).
- Students must fulfill all requirements of their program.
- Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Students must earn a grade of C or better in all baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program requirements.
- Students must indicate their intention to attend commencement ceremony by completing the Commencement Form by the published deadline.
Many courses require prerequisites. Check the description of each course in the list below for prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and other restrictions. Students must complete all prerequisites for a course prior to registering for it.
Lower Division Requirements: 60 Credit Hours
Electives (24 Credit Hours)
*NOTE: The following courses must be successfully completed to fulfill the requirements of this baccalaureate degree. It is recommended that 24 credit hours of the following courses be completed as part of the lower division requirements.
Common Lower Division Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
Choose one track (Networking or Programming)
Networking Lower Division Track (12 Credit Hours)
Programming Lower Division Track (12 Credit Hours)
Upper Division Program Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
Upper Division Core Requirements (24 Credit Hours)
Upper Division Specialization Track Requirements (18 Credit Hours)
Choose one track:
Networking Upper Division Track (18 Credit Hours)
Programming Upper Division Track (18 Credit Hours)
Electives: 18 Credit Hours
- Any 1000-4000 level courses with a CIS, CNT, CEN, CET, COP, CGS, CTS, MAN, or ISM prefix 18 credits
*NOTE: The following courses must be successfully completed to fulfill the requirements of this baccalaureate degree. It is recommended that the following courses be completed as part of the lower division requirements.
Choose one track (Networking or Programming)
Networking Lower Division Track
Programming Lower Division Track