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Pathways for KCTCS Students

Under this pathway a ​KCTCS CIT graduate could earn a BS in Information Sciences at the University of the Cumberlands in 12 months for less than $10,000.

In order to provide for a more seamless pathway for students completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Technology to move towards completion of the Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Sciences, University of the Cumberlands (UC) and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) enter into this Articulation Agreement.

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Technology from KCTCS, coursework will be applied towards the requirements of the Bachelor in Science degree in Information Technology Sciences from the School of Computer and Information Sciences at UC. 

The general requirements for graduation from University of the Cumberlands with the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sciences is the completion of at least 120 semester hours including:   

  • General education – 37 hours
  • Information Technology Sciences major – 36 hours
  • Minor / Area of Concentration in Information Technology Sciences – 18 hours (minimum)
  • General electives – 31 hours

Specific course equivalencies for classes required for the Bachelor’s degree Information Technology Sciences are provided below:

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sciences (36 hours)


KCTCS Course Equivalent

ITS Core (36 hours)

ITSS 130, Application Software

CIT 130, Productivity Software

ITSS 131, Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

CIT 143, C#

ITSS 230, Fundamentals of Databases

CIT 170, Database Design Fundamentals

ITSC 230, Information Security and Assurance

CIT 180, Security Fundamentals





ITSI 231, Hardware

CIT 111, Computer Hardware and Software

ITSS 232, Web Design

CIT 155, Web Page Development OR

CIT 157, Web Site Design and Production

ITSI 331, Networking

CIT 160, Introduction to Network Concepts

ITSI 336, Server Administration

CIT 215, Microsoft Server Administration

ITSS 337, Business Intelligence


ITSS 438, Capstone


ITS Elective Courses – 300/400 level (6 hours required. An additional 18 hours may be taken for an area of concentration)


Course options include:











ITSC 330, Prevention and Protection Strategies in Cybersecurity

CIT 182, Perimeter Defense

ITSC 331, Ethical Hacking


ITSS 332, Database Administration


ITSC 430, Information Security Management


ITSC 431, Legal and Ethics


ITSC 439, Capstone II: Cybersecurity


ITSI 332, Interconnecting Network Devices


ITSI 333, Data Center


ITSI 335, Cloud Computing

CIT 205, Cloud Infrastructure and Services

ITSI 432, Routing and Switching

CIT 167, Routing and Switching

ITSI 433, Wireless


ITSI 439, Capstone II: Infrastructure


ITSM 334, Management Information Systems

CIT 231, Management Information Systems

ITSS 333, Video Game Programming

CIT 276, 3D Game Development: Language

ITSS 334, Web Programming


ITSS 338, Programming of Mobile Devices


ITSS 435, Software Engineering


ITSS 439, Capstone II: Software Engineering



Areas of concentration include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Infrastructure / Networking
  • Management
  • Software engineering

In addition to courses required for the major, students from KCTCS might transfer other courses to apply towards the general education requirements at UC.  General education curriculum areas from UC and course equivalents from KCTCS are identified in a previous Articulation Agreement between UC and KCTCS.

It should be noted that one of the general education classes will need to be a 300/400 level integrated studies course completed at UC.  KCTCS course equivalences for courses in the general education core are outlined below:

General Education Requirements
(37 hours)

University of the Cumberlands 
General Education Requirement

KCTCS Equivalent

Christian Faith (6 hours)

MSMN135, Exploring the Old Testament

MSMN136, Exploring the New Testament

MSMN 133, Church History

MSMN 233, Introducing Christian Ethics

MSMN 239, Exploring World Religions

REL 120,  Introduction to the Old Testament

REL 121,  Introduction to New Testament

REL 130, Introduction to Comparative Religion

Writing Competence

(6 hours)

ENGL131, English Composition I

ENGL132, English Composition II

ENG 101, Writing I

ENG 102, Writing II

Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH131, College Math (or higher)

MT 150, College Algebra (or higher)


(4 hours)

BIOL 130/110, General Biology w/ Lab

BIOL 133/113, Introduction to Population Biology w/ Lab

BIOL 134/114, Introduction to Cellular Biology w/ Lab

BIOL 231/116, Environmental Science

w/ Lab

CHEM 132/111 General Chemistry w/ Lab

CHEM 140, Chemistry of Everyday Life

PHYS 137/ 117, Physical Science w/ Lab

PHYS 140, Astronomy

PHYS 241, Physics I

AST 191/195, The Solar System w/ Lab

BIO 112/113, Introduction to Biology w/ Lab

BIO 120/121, Human Ecology w/ Lab

BIO 224, Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology

CHE 140/145, Introductory General Chemistry w/ Lab

CHE 120/125, The Joy of Chemistry w/ Lab

PHY 201/202, College Physics I w/ Lab


(3 hours)

HIST138 – World Civilization since 1648

HIST231 – American History to 1877

HIS 108, History of the United States through 1865

HIS 109, History of the United States since 1865

Cultural Understanding

(3 hours)

BADM135, Macroeconomics

BADM136, Microeconomics

FREN 135, French Popular Culture

SPAN 135, Hispanic Popular Culture

POLS 131, Introduction to Political Science

POLS 233, American National Government

POLS 235, Introduction to International Relations

PSYC 131, Basic Psychology

ECO 201, Macroeconomics

ECO 202, Microeconomics

SPA 115, Hispanic Culture

POL 101, American Government

PSY 110, General Psychology

Aesthetic Appreciation (6 hours)

Two departments represented from:

ART 131, Art Appreciation

ART 132, Ancient to Gothic Art

ART 133, Renaissance to Modern Art

ART 134, Drawing I

ENGL 330, Literary Studies

ENGL 331, English Literature through 1660

ENGL 332, English Literature 1660-1830

ART 105, Ancient through Medieval Art History

ART 106, Renaissance through Modern Art History

ART 203, Renaissance Art History

ART 204, Modern Art History

ART 110, Drawing I

ENG 161, Introduction to Literature


General Education Requirements
(37 hours)

University of the Cumberlands 
General Education Requirement

KCTCS Equivalent

Aesthetic Appreciation (continued)

ENGL 333, English Literature since 1830

ENGL 334, American Literature through 1865

ENGL 335, American Literature since 1865

MUPR 108-112, 114-116, 119,

Music Ensemble or Band

MUSC 130, Music Appreciation

THTR 130, Introduction to Theatre

ENG 221, Survey of English Literature I

ENG 222, Survey of English Literature II

ENG 251, Survey of American Literature I

ENG 252, Survey of American Literature II

MUS 100, Introduction to Music

THA 101, Introduction to Theatre: Principles and Practice

Social & Professional Awareness

(6 hours)

Two departments represented from:

ITSS 130, Introduction to Application Software

COMM 130, Introduction to Interpersonal Communications

COMM 131, Introduction to Mass Media

COMM 230, Introduction to Public Speaking

JOUR 130, Introduction to Journalism & PR

HLTH 236, Health & Wellness

SOCI 131, Introduction to Sociology

CRJS 131, Introduction to Criminal Justice

HSRV 131, Survey of Human Services

CIS 130, Microcomputer Applications

COM 181, Basic Public Speaking

COM 252, Introduction to Interpersonal Communications

KHP 230, Human Health and Wellness

SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology

CRJ 100, Introduction to Criminal Justice

HMS 101, Human Services Survey




The degree completed by students from KCTCS is the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sciences through the School of Computer and Information Sciences at UC.  Each student seeking the baccalaureate degree must have scores from an appropriate department examination in the Office of the Registrar prior to completion of the student’s degree. 

As a part of the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 300 or above are required for graduation.  As a part of this agreement, 12 hours of 200-level credit courses can be transferred and applied towards the 300-level information technology courses at UC.  While these courses apply to the Information Technology Sciences core, they will not be counted as 300/400 level coursework. 

The academic advisor assigned to the student at the time of their admission to the Online Program will work with the student to develop a planned program that lists the courses completed/transferred and a list of courses to be completed.   As a part of this process, the academic advisor will also develop the planned program to ensure that a minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 300 or above are identified.  The planned program will be submitted to the Chair of the School of Computer and Information Sciences and the Registrar for approval.  The approved copy of the planned program is forwarded to the student.  Current planned programs for the Associate degree in Computer and Information Technology from KCTCS and the Bachelor degree in Information Technology Sciences at UC are included in the Appendix of this Agreement. 

Other degree requirements that impact students in the Information Technology Sciences program are provided below:

  1. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all classes taken.
  2. All courses in the major or an area of concentration must have a grade of “C” or higher.  Students earning a grade of “D” in a course in his/her major must repeat the course or the department head may select a substitute course.
  3. A candidate for graduation must have earned 30 of the last 36 hours at the University of the Cumberlands.
  4. At least 25 (twenty-five) percent of the total semester hours in any degree requirement must be completed at University of the Cumberlands.

A complete list of degree requirements is provided in the Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook available online here.

As an extension of this pathway, students completing the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sciences would be eligible to further their education at the graduate level with the School of Computer and Information Sciences’ Master of Information Security Program. This 30-hour MSIS Program can be completed in 18 months using the following course completion plan:

1st Semester - Fall

2nd Semester - Spring

3rdSemester - Summer

Final Semester - Fall

ISOL 531 (3 hour)
Access Control


ISOL 532 (3 hour) Telecommunications and Network Security


ISOL 533 (3 hour) Information Security and Risk Management


ISOL 534 (3 hour) Application Security


ISOL 535 (3 hour) Cryptography


ISOL 536 (3 hour) Security Architecture and Design


ISOL 631 (3 hour)
Operations Security


ISOL 632 (3 hour)  
Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning


ISOL 633 (3 hour)  
Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigation


ISOL 634 (3 hour)  
Physical Security


ISOL 699 (1 hour) Information Security Project


9 hours

9 hours

6 hours

7 hours