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CIT Information

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  • Easy access to information about the courses, degrees, certification opportunities, and more.
  • News Flash: Starting Fall 2022, IS 115 has been renumbered to CIT 129.

Cybersecurity at CSN

Motivation and Dedication Pay Off

Networking and Software Lab Hours

Networking/Cisco Lab, Fall 2022

The North Las Vegas Open Lab will be open for you to visit if you need to take a final exam or even just visit to get some assistance with any CIT (including Windows) or CSCO classes. Lab monitors are there to help.

Location and hours of operation (August 29 to December 18)

  • North Las Vegas campus: room A2726
    • Monday–Thursday: Noon to 6:00 PM
  • West Charleston campus: room C116
    • Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Software Lab, Fall 2022

The Software lab will be virtual and be conducted via Canvas and Discord. It will be available starting on 29 August 2022.

Many CIT department courses have embedded tutors. For these courses, your instructor will let you know about the tutoring services. The Centers for Academic Success (CAS) may also provide one-to-one tutoring. For more information, contact CAS by visiting the CAS webpage.

Opportunities for Industry Certifications

Prepare for Industry Certifications

∼ while working on your AAS Degree or Certificate of Achievement

The CIT Department at the College of Southern Nevada offers many courses to help you prepare for industry-recognized certifications: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, Oracle, and more. These courses will also fulfill requirements for AAS Degrees and Certificates of Achievement. Various certifications and their associated preparatory courses are presented on this page. All courses are 3 credits unless noted otherwise.

The course material of each class can serve only as a guide to the specific topics covered in the certification exams. Passing these classes does not guarantee that you will pass the certification exams. Additional review and practice will be required to achieve the mastery of the concepts and skills needed to pass the exams.

(If you already hold current versions of these industry certifications, you may wish to use them to petition for Non-Traditional Educational (NTE) credit for relevant courses required for AAS degrees or Certificates of Achievement. Specific rules, procedures, and limitations apply. See the Alternative Credit Options section in the online 2022–2023 General Catalog, Admission Information for details. Scroll down to find the “Non-Traditional Education (NTE)” section.)

CIT Degrees, Certificates of Achievement and Skills Certificates

New  Degrees for  Fall  2022

Degree Sheets for 2022-2023

Computer Science

AA Degree - Computer Science

Certificate of Achievement - Computer Science

For more information about the Computer Science major, contact Eve Taghva at (702) 651-3148.

Cyber Security

AAS Degree in CIT - Cyber Security - Compliance

AAS Degree in CIT - Cyber Security - Digital Forensics

AAS Degree in CIT - Cyber Security - Network Security

Certificate of Achievement in CIT - Cyber Security - Digital Forensics

For more information about these AAS Degrees and the Certificate of Achievement, contact Arthur Salmon at (702) 651-4791.

(Find Catalogs from previous years.)

Networking

AAS Degree in CIT - Networking - Network  Administration

AAS Degree in CIT - Networking - Cloud Systems Administration

For more information about these AAS Degrees, contact Karen Ahern at (702) 651-4559.

(Find Catalogs from previous years.)

Software

AAS Degree in CIT - Software - Database

AAS Degree in CIT - Software - Programming

AAS Degree in CIT - Software - Web Development

For more information about these AAS Degrees, contact Eve Taghva at (702) 651-3148.

(Find Catalogs from previous years.)

Information Management - a pathway to a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science

Certificate of Achievement in CIT - Information Management - Network Infrastructure Analyst

Certificate of Achievement in CIT - Information Management - Software Analyst

Certificate of Achievement in CIT - Information Management - Virtual Computing Analyst

These three Certificates of Achievement are accepted as the 3rd year of study at institutions that articulate a joint Bachelors of Applied Science degree with College of Southern Nevada.

For more information about these three Certificates of Achievement, contact Naser Heravi at (702) 651- 5559.

(Find Catalogs from previous years.)

Skills Certificates

Skills certificates are intended to provide preparation necessary to take state, national, and/or industry recognized certification or licensing examinations. Some may also serve as a stack-able credential within existing associate degree tracks. Skills Certificates are less than 30 credit hours and are narrower in focus than Certificates of Achievement. Please note that while skills certificates provide the instruction and training, CSN does not guarantee a student will pass the intended certification or licensing exam.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, skills certificates will appear at the end of the final semester on the transcript, however diplomas are not issued for Skills Certificates.

Skills Certificate - Cisco Certified Network Associate

Skills Certificate - Cisco Certified Network Professional

Skills Certificate - CompTIA A+ and Network+

Skills Certificate - Red Hat Linux Administrator

Skills Certificate - CompTIA Project+

Skills Certificate - CompTIA Security+

Skills Certificate - Microsoft Cloud Specialist

Skills Certificate - Microsoft Office Master

Academic Advising

For information about academic advisors, go to https://www.csn.edu/advising.

See directions for scheduling Advising appointments.

Courses Offered by the CIT Department

Note the following recent changes:

  • Computer Forensics (CF) courses have become CSEC courses.
  • IS 115 - Introduction to Programming has been renumbered as CIT 129 - Introduction to Programming

The CIT Department offers courses in six disciplines.

Click or tap the discipline designators below (in parentheses) to see the associated course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Computing & Information Systems (CIT)

Computer Science (CS)

Cisco (CSCO)

Cybersecurity (CSEC)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Information Systems (IS)

Textbook Information

Find textbooks for your classes

There is a bookstore on each of three main campuses. In general,

  • books assigned for classroom-based classes are sold in the bookstore on the campus where the class is offered
  • books assigned for online classes are sold in the North Las Vegas bookstore
  • if a class is offered on multiple campuses and online, you may find the books for the class in any of the bookstores

There is a separate phone number and webpage for each bookstore:

You can visit the bookstores to select and purchase your books. You can look up textbooks through each bookstore's online search application. This application also allows you to purchase your books online for delivery to your home or for pickup at the bookstore.

To access the online search application, use the link above to the appropriate bookstore.

  • In the main menu of the bookstore, select Textbooks.
  • Enter the following information from drop-down lists:
    • Term (the semester, Fall 2022, for example)

For each course you are taking, fill in the following using the drop-down lists:

  • Department (the course prefix: CIT, CS, CSCO, CSEC, GIS, and IS for courses offered in the CIT Department)
  • Course (the course number. The drop-down list includes classes offered on that specific campus and online classes.)
  • Section (the section number. The drop-down list will include sections offered on that specific campus and all online sections of that course.)
    • If your section is not there, you may have chosen the wrong campus bookstore.

Click the FIND MATERIALS button

The books for your listed courses and sections will be displayed.

If a book is listed as Recommended, the book is optional. Check with the instructor to find out how it will be used in the class.

If you wish to purchase the book through the application, add it to the shopping cart

If you have already signed up for classes, you can view a customized list of all the textbooks assigned for your classes.

  • Log into MyCSN
  • On the Enroll tab, select the option my class schedule.
  • Look for Bookstore - Buy Books for your Classes.
  • Click the Buy Books button to see a list of books for your classes.
  • You can purchase your books online through the bookstore's application.
Emeriti Faculty and Colleagues Remembered

Emeriti Faculty

Allan ACKERMAN
Professor Emeritus

Pete ALEMÁN
Professor Emeritus

Stephen ALPERN
Professor Emeritus

Susana CONTRERAS DE FINCH
Professor Emerita

Tom LISA
Professor Emeritus

JR PEAY
Professor Emeritus


In Memoriam

Max COE
Professor, 1991-2005
Memorial Webpage

Randy HARWOOD
Professor, 1998-2012
Memorial Webpage

Mitzi WARE
Professor, 1997-2010
Mitzi's Sabbatical Report

Faculty and Staff

Department Chairs

Heravi, Naser

Chair

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5559

Larry Rodis, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Rodis, Larry

Assistant Chair

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4887

Staff

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Menezes, Arlene

Administrative Assistant III

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5975

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Romero, Steven

Development Technician III

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4914

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Winn, Vanessa

Administrative Assistant II

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4376

Program Directors

Karen Ahern, CC Instructor, Computing & Info Tech

Ahern, Karen

Program Director for Networking

email |   (702) 651-4559

Taghva, Eve

Program Director for Software

email |   (702) 651-3148

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Salmon, Arthur

Program Director for Cybersecurity

email |   (702) 651-4791

Mark Taormino, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Taormino, Mark

Program Director for Digital Literacy

email |   (702) 651-4206

Faculty

Karen Ahern, CC Instructor, Computing & Info Tech

Ahern, Karen

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4559

Stephen Alpern, Cc Professor,computing & Info

Alpern, Stephen

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   

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Beckstrand, Scott

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4464

John Brim, Cc Professor,computing & Info

Brim, Scott

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4176

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Brodersen, David

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-3151

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Connolly, Michael

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-3045

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Dreven, Patricia

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4907

Naser Haravi

Heravi, Naser

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651- 5559

Lata Koneru, CC Instructor, Computing & Info Tech

Koneru, Lata

CC Instructor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5571

Kevin Mess, Cc Professor,computing & Info

Mess, Kevin

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5950

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Morningstar, Lily

CC Instructor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-2653

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Pandey, Mahima

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4850

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Pannell, Diane

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4594

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Phalke, Prakash

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-7492

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Pulling, Kate

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5702

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Rao, Kaleshwar

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-5789

Larry Rodis, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Rodis, Larry

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4887

Joseph Ryan, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Ryan, Joseph

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4995

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Salmon, Arthur

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4791

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Sthultz, Michael

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4691

Taghva, Eve

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4403

Mark Taormino, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Taormino, Mark

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4206

Margaret Taylor, Chair,computing & Info Tech

Taylor, Margaret

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-2631

Constance Toney-Jackson, CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Toney-Jackson, Constance

CC Professor, Computing & Info Tech

Computing & Information Technology

email |   (702) 651-4785

Faculty with Joint Appointment with CIT Department

Alok Pandey, CC Chair - Mathematics

Pandey, Alok

CC Professor, Chair - Mathematics

Dept Of Mathematics

email |   (702) 651-4793