Computer Information Technology

The Computer Information Technology (CIT) major is perfect for people who want to get their hands dirty building and administering networks and servers. With people who started these careers in the 60’s and 70’s retiring, there are many job opportunities. This major provides a rounding of computer courses as well as advanced computer courses in programming, networking, and security.

What You Will Learn

  • The program helps students build a strong foundation of computer information theory followed by primary and advanced technical skill development.
  • Students gain an understanding of the role of information technology in businesses and other organizations and how to deploy information technology to increase efficiency, enhance effectiveness, and gain a competitive advantage.

Program of Study

The University of Dubuque CIT program stresses theory and skill development in the technical areas of web development, networking, computer programming, operating systems, servers, database management, information security, systems analysis and design, and project management. Students take several CIT electives to develop strengths in their particular areas of interest. In addition, students take business classes in the areas of management, accounting, and business communication. Students can easily take a couple additional business classes to earn a Business minor.


What Our Students Do

Students work with current hardware and software, in many cases hands-on, to learn modern technology skills. CIT students also learn from opportunities outside the classroom. Students can join the computer club, partake in job shadow opportunities, attend conferences, help with STEM festivals, compete in computer-related contests, and participate in meaningful internships. 

Where Our Graduates Go

Computer skills are in great demand today. Most CIT students go directly into industry, while others may start their own businesses or continue their education in graduate school. 

News from the Department

Professor Teresa Nickeson presented a paper at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium on April 25, 2014. 

Computer Information Technology - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
BAC 120: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
CIS 103: Computer Applications in Business (3)

J-Term
Required (3)

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View II (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (3) or higher-level Math course
CIS 202: Intro to Computer Information Systems (3)
CIS 213: Networking I (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys or other Christian Religion class (3)
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
CIS 215: Programming I (4)

J-Term
CIS Elective 1 (3)

Spring Semester 
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
UDMA 150: Pre-Calculus (4)
CIS 205: Web Publishing (3)
CIS 284: Operating Systems (3)
CIS 315: Programming II (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
BAC 340: Effective Communication in Business (3)
CIS 332: Database Systems I (3)
CIS 338: Security I (3)
UDMA 230: Introduction to Statistics (3)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
BAC 241: Financial Accounting (3)
CIS 340: Network Forensics & Security (3)
CIS 438: Security II (3)
CIS Elective 2 (3)
BAC 280: Marketing (for BUS minor) (3)
CIS Topics Class (1)


Year Four

Fall Semester
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
CIS 310: Servers (3)
CIS 404: Systems Analysis and Design (3)
CIS Elective 3 (3)
CIS 495: Information Policy (1)
CIS Topics Class (1)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester 
CIS 405: Project Management (3)
Business Elective (for BUS minor) (3)
General Elective (3)
General Elective (3)
CIS Topics Class (1)
CCS 101: Cross Cultural Studies (1)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

Teresa Nickeson
Teresa Nickeson
Computer Studies and Mathematics Department Chair, Associate Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Office Phone: 563.589.3183
E-mail: tnickeson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 218 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
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24 years of information technology industry experience, McGraw-Hill, from programming intern to VP, Sales and Marketing Applications for McGraw-Hill Education.

Two years as a CIS and Accounting adjunct at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, IA.

Two years teaching CIS, Accounting and Business classes for Axia Community College (a division of Phoenix Online).

Full -time CIS instructor at University of Dubuque since 2007.


Hythem Abdalla
Hythem Abdalla
Adjunct Professor

PhD; Engineering Science
MS, Alneelain University; Computer Science
BS, Alneelain University; Mathematics and Computer Science

E-mail: habdalla@dbq.edu 

Jennifer Benson
Jennifer Benson
Math Teaching Specialist

MAT: Webster University, St. Louis



Office Phone: 563.589.3272
E-mail: jbenson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 300 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Connie Connolly
Connie Connolly
Adjunct Mathematics Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3406
E-mail: cconnolly@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 228 Dunlap

Corissa Goertzen
Corissa Goertzen
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD, University of Iowa
MA, University of South Dakota
BA, Wartburg College

Office Phone: 563.589.3413
E-mail: cgoertzen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 225 Dunlap Technology Center

Alina Klein
Alina Klein
Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics

PhD, West Virginia University
BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania



Office Phone: 563.589.3376
E-mail: aklein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 228 Dunlap Technology Center
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Alina Klein earned a B.S. in Economics at the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003, then a Ph.D. in Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 2010. Before joining UD, she worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Alina has publications in the International Economics and International Finance fields.


Rudy Klein
Rudy Klein
Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics

BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
PhD, West Virginia University

Office Phone: 563.589.3681
E-mail: Rklein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 219 Dunlap Technology Center
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Rudy Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University (WVU) and B.S. in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, in Bucharest, Romania. Before joining the University of Dubuque, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at WVU, where he taught both online and traditional courses. Afterwards, he moved to Virginia and taught economics courses at Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College. 


Duncan Marshall
Duncan Marshall
Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Systems


E-mail: dmarshall@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 112 Dunlap Technology Center

Ann Mauss
Ann Mauss
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

MBA, Northern Illinois University

Office Phone: 563.589.3612
E-mail: amauss@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 217 Dunlap Technology Center
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I have just started teaching as an adjunct at UD, however, I am in my 17th year teaching at Loras College.,  At Loras, I have been developing and teaching curriculum in Management Information Systems and Computer Science.  I have taught various courses within Computing and Information technology areas, some of which are of: Computing Basics,  Intro to Programming, Visual Basic Programming, Network Management, Database Management, Project Management, and Systems Engineering. 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy my time off with my husband and two sons at our home about 10 miles south of Dubuque.


David McElroy
David McElroy
Adjunct Professor

MBA, Loras College
BS, Loras College

E-mail: dmcelroy@dbq.edu 
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David has been an EDI Specialist with McKesson Health Solutions in Dubuque since July 2012.  Previously,  he was  the Supervisor of Client File Management for Securian Financial Group in Saint Paul, MN.  McElroy has developed production applications in Java, Python, Groovy, C#, PL/1 and PERL.  He has extensive experience with Windows Server, Linux, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, TIBCO BusinessWorks, TIBCO Foresight and MySQL.


Dawn Nelson
Dawn Nelson
Teaching Specialist Faculty

MS, Western Illinois University; Instructional Design & Technology
BA, Ashford University; Business Administration



Office Phone: 563.589.3462
E-mail: dnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 219 Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center
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Dawn Nelson is an adjunct professor teaching Intro to Computers and Computer Applications in Business. She is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nelson is from Delmar, Iowa and has three children all in college. She enjoys spending time on the river and camping with friends. She loves teaching and working with students. Nelson especially likes helping students succeed with class struggles and/or just to listen and be a supportive ear.


Linda Ressler
Linda Ressler
Adjunct Instructor of CIS; Graduate Assistant of Business Administration


E-mail: lressler@dbq.edu 

Richard (Dick) Smith
Richard (Dick) Smith
Associate Professor of Mathematics

MA, Loras College
BS, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3276
E-mail: dsmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226D Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Lori Welsh
Lori Welsh
Adjunct Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Clarke College

E-mail: lwelsh@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center

Roseanne Wolf
Roseanne Wolf
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD, University of Iowa
MS, University of Iowa
BS, Buena Vista University

Office Phone: 563.589.3716
E-mail: rwolf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor, CIS

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Office Phone: 563.589.3233
E-mail: gwoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
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20+ years of teaching experience, Conference Speaker, Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument Ratings, Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office Advisor, UD Computer Club Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club


Careers in Computer Information Technology

There are an abundance of careers available in the technology field today. In fact, people with technology degrees are some of the most sought after in the job market, and they are some of the most handsomely paid. The University of Dubuque Computer Information Technology (CIT) Program includes advanced networking and security classes, and some business classes, which makes UD students even more marketable.

BS Opportunities

Students choosing a degree in CIT can establish careers in database administration, data analysis, technical engineering, web development, systems analysis, customer service engineering, advanced help desk, network or server administration, and more. There are few jobs today that do not benefit from, if not require, someone with advanced technical training.

Post-graduate Opportunities

In addition to many industry opportunities, UD readies students for graduate school. An advanced technology degree opens doors for research, teaching, and many more technical industry positions.

Successful Outcomes

Yul McGrath Successful Outcomes pic (250x250)
Yul McGrath, BS
Computer Information Tech. '13

The University of Dubuque is a small school with plenty to offer. A huge influence were the extracurricular activities I participated in and eventually led, especially the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Computer Club. SGA helped me lead and present while Computer Club brought me to various conferences around the country - raising my interest in general informational technologies, and specifically in IT security. I attended conferences with UD in Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Dubuque, Orlando, and Cedar Rapids - all of which I was able to list on my resume. UD has offered me more than I could ever give back. Attending UD was one of the best decisions of my life - I wouldn’t change that for anything.