Information Systems Technology, BAS


The Bachelor of Applied Science 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.

Program Structure

The BAS in Information Systems Technology program includes courses in information systems management, computer programming, computer networking, information security, e-commerce, mobile application development, and business. Elective choices include additional courses in management, information technology, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Courses are offered in online or blended formats, with many courses offered in an accelerated eight-week fashion, to accommodate students' various schedules and learning preferences.

Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours
  • Baccalaureate Program Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
  • Additional Lower Division Program Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
  • General Education Core Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  • 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, OR 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, OR                                                                                                                                                                  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

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation. For residency purposes, a minimum of 15 baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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),
  5. Students must fulfill all requirements of their program.
  6. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  7. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program requirements.
  8. Students must indicate their intention to attend commencement ceremony by completing the Commencement Form by the published deadline.

Course Prerequisites

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.

General Education Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Refer to the FSW General Education Program Guide 

Lower Division Program Requirements: Minimum of 42 Credit Hours

All students must complete Part A, one of the two tracks in Part B, and additional electives in Part C to total 42 credit hours.

Part A: Common Lower Division Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Part B: Select one Track (15-21 Credit Hours)

Track 1: Networking Concentration Lower Division Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
Track 2: Programming Concentration Lower Division Requirements (21 Credit Hours)
Part C: Lower Division Electives (9 to 15 Credit Hours)
  • Any 1000 or 2000 level CIS, CNT, CEN, CET, COP, CGS, CTS, MAN, ISM courses 9 to 15 credits

Upper Division Program Requirements: 42 Credit Hours

Core Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

Networking Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Programming Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours

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