State Community and Technical College M State Moorhead, Minnesota Curriculum Information
Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers several
Information Technology related degrees. These programs are aligned
with the Moorhead Campus Computer Programming and Information
Technology Advisory Committee recommendations. The programs also
utilize ACM Curricula recommendations as appropriate.
Information Technology – Associate of
Technology Associate of Science degree prepares students to
continue toward a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.
Students learn to use various hardware and software systems to
solve problems for people and organizations. Students work with
networking technologies, applications, web technologies, and
database technologies. Students focus on the selection,
application, and administration of Information Technologies. The
degree minimizes the number of credits required at selected
institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree. The Information
Technology Associate of Science degree is an ideal mix of
practical experience and general education for a field that is
The Associate of
Science degree is most often recognized by receiving 4 year
schools for transfer. Contact your adviser for more information
about transfer options.
Students may choose to
add 10 credits of MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) classes
to complete the AA degree requirement. Successful completion of
the additional AA MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) class
requirement fulfills the general education requirements of all
MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and University) schools.
The following list are
current articulation agreements between Minnesota State
Community and Technical College (M State) and Minnesota State
University. These agreements explain exactly how the credit
transfer is done between the schools.
program provides the skills to support and maintain information
technology (IT) systems including overall computer knowledge,
networking skills, application software and IT security. Students
will gain hands-on experience working with routing and switching,
server virtualization and private cloud computing environments.
Students will explore the concepts of risk, threats,
vulnerabilities, attack vectors and exploits while analyzing known
security incidents. Students will write policies and apply
policies and recommended security framework controls and
countermeasures to decrease risk. Courses in theis degree program
prepare students for the CompTIA Security + and Cisco CCENT
certifications. Cybersecurity - AAS
Curriculum Guide - Fall 2020 version
This version is for students starting Fall 2020 or later.
The following list are
current articulation agreements between Minnesota State Community
and Technical College (M State) and Minnesota State University.
These agreements explain exactly how the credit transfer is done
between the schools.
This program provides the programming skills needed in computer
application development, database management, computer systems and
data communications. Students learn to design, write, code,
document and implement computer programs for various computer
platforms. They learn at least one operating system, one
command-level language, one database management system and other
high-level programming languages.The program prepares students to
design and develop computer software systems as well as design
information management systems. It includes the study of
languages, software design, information flow and processing.
Students study the design of mathematical and simulation models
and large-scale programs used for processing and retrieving
contact your academic adviser with questions about these
following list are current articulation agreements between
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State)
and Minnesota State University. These agreements explain
exactly how the credit transfer is done between the schools.
Technology - Database Administration (AAS)
program prepares students for careers in support, maintenance,
and administration of database management systems in a wide
variety of market segments. Students will learn how to implement
security measures while performing database administration
tasks, generate database-driven reports to support business
intelligence, apply ethical and security practices in handling
data, establish interconnectivity of databases and web services,
use testing and debugging methods, devise backup and recovery
measures in a database environment and learn the software
development life cycle. This program teaches students the skills
and knowledge for occupations such as database administrator,
database analyst, data analyst or database support specialist.
contact your academic adviser with questions
about these program offerings.
The following list are current
articulation agreements between Minnesota State Community
and Technical College (M State) and Minnesota State
University. These agreements explain exactly how the
credit transfer is done between the schools.
The focus of this
school-to-work degree is customer service, user support
and an emphasis on technical skills including desktop and
network support. Students will learn the skills needed to
provide technical support to customers and users regarding
issues related to computer systems, hardware, software and
local area networks. Additionally, skills to understand
the importance of daily maintenance of computer systems
and networks, learning to coach users and customers
through problem-solving processes, and communicating a
solution will be gained. The use of systems including
office applications, virtualization and operating systems
will be used in addition to learning analytical,
diagnostic, communication and customer service skills.
The following certificate programs may interest some
students. These certificates work very nicely as additional
education for current Associate's and Diploma students. Please
contact your academic adviser with your questions.
Cisco Networking Certificate
This 12-credit certificate will prepare students to
take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification
and also the CompTIA Network+ certification. The coursework
includes Cisco semesters 1-4. Skill development covers LAN/WAN
networking technology and concepts, networking math, networking
media, router configuration, switching, VLANS, routing protocols
and WAN links and services. The instructor will evaluate
computer skills necessary to enter this certificate program.
Students should have good reading and study skills, basic
computer literacy and awareness of the Internet. Prior
experience with computer hardware, binary math and basic
electronics is desired but not required. Background in cabling
is beneficial. Upon completion of this certificate the student
will be able to take the Cisco CCNA and CompTIA Network+
certification exams offered though VUE or Prometric testing
This certificate is designed for individuals looking
to add technical skills in IT security. A person earning this
certificate will develop skills to manage and secure the Linux
operating system, develop and query an information database,
and create simple scripts. Areas of cybersecurity focus
include vulnerability assessment, penetration testing,
perimeter defense, incident response and applying security
measures to reduce risk of a security breach. Content included
in the certificate will prepare students for the CompTIA
Security+ and Cisco CCENT certifications.
These are program plans
for the Computer & Network Technology program and the
Computer Information Systems program. Students may no longer
enroll in these programs at the Moorhead campus. Students
currently enrolled in these programs may complete the programs,
as long as the student has continuous enrollment. Contact your
academic adviser with your questions.