Business and Computer Technology
Pellissippi State Art Department
Pellissippi State Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

If I had been following the CSIT Database or Programming Concentration from a previous year but I don’t graduate until next year, will my transcript and diploma/degree still display the specialized concentration?

Yes, provided that you take and pass the equivalent courses in the new curriculum. Because some of the new courses have been reduced from 4 credit hours to 3 credit hours, you might have to complete an additional course to meet the minimum total credit hours of 60. If you had previously been following a double concentration path, you will still be able to earn a double concentration as well provided you pass the equivalent courses.

If I want to change to the new major instead of following my previous path, may I do so?

Yes, you may follow any path in existence (up to a maximum of 6 years prior to your graduation date) since your initial enrolled in the CSIT program. If you would like to follow the new path, please follow the change of major procedure. 

If I have 59 credit hours, but I already have all of the CSIT classes that were in my original plan, do I have to take a CSIT course to bring my credit hours to 60?

No, you may use any course. If you have fewer than 59 credits, you should take an additional CSIT course to bring your total credits to at least 60.

What happened to the Analysis and Design Course, CSIT 2810?

The Analysis and Design Course has been separated into two courses, CSIT 2840 Systems Analysis and Design and CSIT 2850 Capstone Lab. Students will take CSIT 2840 in the Fall semester and CSIT 2850 in the spring semester of their final year.

Why were the separate Programming and Database Concentrations replaced by a single concentration?

Primarily because demand for each of the separate concentrations wasn’t high enough to keep enrollment in the 2000-level courses at the required minimum quantity. Secondarily because programming and database skills have become nearly inseparable and high demand exists for computing professionals with a good foundation in both areas.

Why is there now less lecture and lab time for some of the classes?

Most of the courses that changed from 4 credits to 3 credits will now be taught in a lab so that the instructor can use a mixture of lab and lecture activities as deemed appropriate for the topic or concept. This reduces the number of hours that students are required to be on campus for each class and also allows students to take an additional CSIT course resulting in an expanded knowledge base for our graduates.

Will the degree take longer to complete for the night student with these changes?

There is minimal change in the first year of the program. First year courses can be completed at approximately the same rate as the previous curriculum. Most second year evening courses will be offered once per week making it possible to take more courses on fewer nights.