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300 Jay Street
Namm Hall 914 (N-914)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5170

compsystech@citytech.cuny.edu

Student Resources

The following occupations represent the world of technology today. Computer technology is a dynamic field. Professionals in the field will continue to learn and grow over the course of their careers.

Database Administrators

Database administrators coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement databases applying knowledge of database management systems.

Network and Systems Administrators

Network administrators install, repair, and maintain complex communications equipment. Investigates and resolves communication problems.

System administrators use knowledge and skills to solve computer problems and enable computer technology to the individual needs of an organization. Employment for these positions is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations.

Systems Analysts

System analysts analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate processing or to improve existing computer systems. They may design and develop new computer systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software, or they may devise ways to apply existing systems' resources to additional tasks. The employment outlook is excellent. Job opportunities for analysts are projected to grow much faster than the national average.

Software Engineers and Computer Programmers

Software engineers and programmers write programs as well as tests them. Computer software engineering is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations, adding the most new jobs. Projected job-growth outlook for computer programmers is positive.

Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists provide hardware and software technical support and assistance. Provide training to system users. Investigate and resolve computer software and hardware problems of users. Support current operating systems, and business application software. The employment outlook for this specialty is projected to grow faster than the national average.

Web Developers

Web developers design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. An increase in jobs is expected in this specialty.

Information Security Analysts

The widespread use of the Internet and intranets has resulted in an increased focus on information security. Security threats range from damaging computer viruses to online credit card fraud and identity theft. Information security analysts mitigate this threat, assess computer systems for areas of vulnerability, manage firewalls, and provide protection against intrusion and software "viruses." The employment outlook for this field is excellent.

Q. What degree programs are offered by the CST department?

A. The CST department offers two degrees - an AAS degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Systems.

Q. What classes are offered online?

A. It varies from semester to semester. Please consult with your academic advisor. MANY CST classes are hybrid, combining in-class instruction with rich on-line resources.

Q. What are the requirements for an internship?

A. There are two internship opportunities, one in the associate degree program and one in the baccalaureate. The associate-level internship is optional, one among a number of capstone elective choices. The baccalaureate internship is required for students without a meaningful IT employment history. To apply for the baccalaureate-level internship program, a student must have completed two 3500 level courses.

Q. What is the required GPA needed to graduate?

A. An overall GPA of 2.0 or above. CST students must have a grade of C or better in their major.

Q. What if I made 'D' in a course and have already registered for a following course?

A. If the D is in your major, you must retake the course in order to graduate. In addition, you need to make certain that the course in which you have the D is not a prerequisite for other classes in which you are enrolled.

Q. Will my degree include certification classes?

A. No. We do not offer certification classes. However, within your courses, you will cover topics given on various certification exams.

Q. Will the college provide job placement?

A. The college placement office is located at NG-08. Their staff will assist you in your job search, including resume writing, interview skills and networking.

Q. What job opportunities can I expect by having a major in Computer Information Systems?

A. Students can work in various fields, such as networking, database, security, and software engineering. The combination of sophisticated computer skills with a good grounding in the arts and sciences will prepare you for a career, not just for a first position.

Q. What are my options if I am not able to do an internship?

A. The internship is a 3 credit course required in the Btech degree program for graduation. However, if you are currently employed in the IT field, you may take the CST4905 project course. You will need to provide the internship coordinator a letter of verification from your employer.

Q. Where do I find ALL the courses offered at Citytech?

A. You can find it from the college catalog at the following link.
http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/academics/academic-catalog.aspx

Q. Does the college provide a Master degree in Computer Systems Technology?

A. No. However, you may explore CUNY's Graduate Center.

Q. How many non-CST courses are needed?

A. To graduate, students must meet the general education requirements. It is intended to give students a well-balanced education. Please check the catalog for the number of credits required.

Q. Are there any opportunities for undergraduate students to do research?

A. Yes. The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYC-LSAMP) is a consortium of CUNY Colleges and CUNY Graduate Center supporting research in science, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. In addition, faculty mentors in every department work with students who display their work at research conferences and poster presentations. Faculty and Foundation grants can help support student research. Our Honors Scholars program provides research opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply for summer internships that provide excellent research opportunities.

For further information, please contact Professor Elhadary at oelhadary@citytech.cuny.edu.

Here is a list of professional organizations within the field of Information Systems - students are invited to join.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics and Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. More Info

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. More Info

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members.

SIAM fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in these various application areas. Applied mathematics in partnership with computational science is essential in solving many real-world problems. Through publications, research, and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology. More Info

Mission/Purpose

Create and develop a diverse learning and social environment for club members. Students can enhance their technical and interpersonal skills through interaction with other members, sharing experiences and knowledge about technology. The club's efforts include fostering ethical and professional ideals.

Description

The Computer Club is a student organization that provides a creative and safe learning environment where college students interested in computers and technology come together to explore their own ideas.

The club will plan and organize projects and activities, outside the classroom, with the purpose of enhancing technical skills and knowledge. It is designed to create an environment of team work, along with, enhancing interpersonal and social skills.

Members will get an opportunity to sharpen their skills in web designing, programming, creating video games, creating apps for phones, and creating multimedia presentations. In addition, guest members are invited to speak.

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