Mathematics/Computer Science/Information Technology

Mathematics/Computer Science/Information Technology

OFFICE: Cluster B, Room 3028, 516.572.7383

CHAIRPERSON: Stuart Kaplan,

FACULTY: B. Abgarian, K. Adel, E. Alfar, J. Altamura, C. Atwood, D. J. Balamore, J. Bernat, J. Bosworth, E. Botkin, Thomas C. Bruckner, D. Burdge, D. J. Ciardullo, R. Cohen, E. DeFalco, F. Frisenda, K. Gallagher, J. Ganson, H. Giordano, D. Grodenchik, H. Huntington, T. Imperato, M. Javadi, S. Kaplan, S. Keegan, I. Klikovac, J. Kohut, P. Kreinbihl, D. Kugler, C. M. Lee, G. Lehenbauer, C. Lin, A. Mantell, J. Martin, J. Mazza, C. Merlo, R. Moscatelli, D. Nataro, A. Nocella, D. O’Brien, A. Oglesby-Reyes, L. Orlova, U. Osuno, L. Postner, M. Pournazari, T. Re, M. Riedinger, C. Roethel, R. Rojas, M. Rose, J. Seibert, N. Shah-Giannaris, D. Sher, N. Simon, D. Spelman, G. Spengler, D. Stern, D. Stramiello, J. Thacker, S. Trabucco, T. Tweedy, D. Tyler, T. Vecchiarelli, F. Viscovich, M. Zito, M. Zucker

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: R. Cappiello, F. Chiang, Z. Durrani, A. Donor, P. Kreinbihl, R. Guarino, A. Sanchioli


  • Astronomy (AST)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
  • Climatology (CLI)
  • Computer Processing (CMP)
  • Computer Repair Technology (CRT)
  • Computer Science (CSC)
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT)
  • Engineering Science (ENS)
  • Environmental Science (ENV)
  • General Science Studies (GSS)
  • Geology (GLY)
  • Green Sustainable Design (GSD)
  • Information Technology (ITE)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Meteorology (MET)
  • Multi-Disciplinary (MDS)
  • Multidisciplinary Science (MDS)
  • Physical Sciences (SCI)
  • Physics (PHY)

Mathematics & Computer Science: The purpose of the mathematics curriculum is essentially twofold: to provide a necessary aspect of a liberal arts education and to supply the necessary mathematics requirements for continued study in a Baccalaureate program and/or a career in such fields as mathematics, science, engineering, economics, accounting, the behavioral sciences, and such professions. Facilities on campus include Computer Learning Center (B 225), Math Center (B 130), and the Math Success Center (B 116).

Engineering & Physics: 

  • General Science Studies: These courses are 3-credit lecture and 4-credit lecture/laboratory science classes and may fulfill SUNY GenEd requirements. The ranges of 4-credit courses that include a lab component offered in this category are: GSS 103/GSS 104 are the Science of Physics I and II; GSS 106 is the Science of Sound and Music GSS 108 is the Science of Light and Color; GSS 111/GSS 112 are the Sciences of Our World I and II; and GSS 120, the Science of Modern Electronics.

    The three-credit non-lab science courses include GSS 122 the Science of Energy, GSS 126 Forensic Science, and GSS 128 Green Building Practices. All the courses are specifically designed for the student wishing to gain an understanding of scientific ideas, methodologies, and principles that are specific to a relevant area of interest. A more detailed description of these courses can be found in the College catalog or the College Web-site.

  • Multidisciplinary Science Courses (MDS) are 4-credit Laboratory Science classes and have been approved as SUNY GenEd requirements. There are currently two courses in this area. MDS 101, Connecting the Sciences: a Macroscopic Approach examines scientific ideas, methodology, and principles by studying the evolution of the universe, solar system, and Earth. MDS 102, Connecting the Sciences: A Microscopic Approach examines scientific ideas, methodology, and principles by studying the evolution of life through the organization of atoms into living and nonliving structures. Both of these courses emphasize "hands-on" laboratory investigations. A more detailed description of these courses can be found under course descriptions. For further information, contact MDS Coordinator, Professor Nicole Simon, Cluster D, room 2093, 516.572.7036,

  • Physics: The Physics courses available at NCC are designed to satisfy the requirements for instruction in Physics for students in many disciplines and meet the standards for transfer as "general education" courses within the various SUNY institutions. In addition, these courses are acceptable for transfer credit to most private colleges and universities. The sequences available include calculus and non-calculus based courses suitable to majors in Engineering, the Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Mathematics, and Education (High School Teachers of Physics). These courses may also be suitable for those students who have an interest in Physics and would like to satisfy their laboratory science requirement with courses in the discipline.

  • Telecommunications courses: The telecommunication courses at NCC are designed to satisfy the requirements and electives for the Computer Repair Technology program. The courses include basic electronic theory leading up to current and emerging technologies in telecommunications.

Physical Sciences: The department offers several introductory courses from a variety of disciplines. All courses provide students the ability to satisfy general education requirements along with the opportunity to major in one of the Atmospheric, Environmental or Earth Sciences.

  • Many courses as part of the Distance Education program. Students enrolled in these courses benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online or partially online course platforms.

  • Lab and field work are vital and exciting components to many of the courses. Astronomy students have exclusive access to the department's planetarium. The planetarium boasts an 18-foot dome shaped ceiling with a central projector that illuminates the night sky. Telescopes are mounted for use on the observation deck, along with portable telescopes that are used to conduct evening observations of celestial objects in the field.

  • Students in Meteorology and Climatology courses study and analyze data provided by the NCC Weather Center, where live readings of outdoor atmospheric air temperature and pressure, precipitation, wind speed and direction are collected and displayed. Earth and Environmental Science students learn about earth processes unique to Long Island by attending several field trips. Field work provides students a means to directly observe environmental phenomenon. Environmental Mapping students use GPS/GIS units and mapping software to create maps of the region.

  • All of the courses in the Physical Sciences will enhance one's academic experience while providing an understanding of their physical world.

The following curricula are offered by this department:

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (Cert)This Certificate program will prepare students to take the Cisco CCENT certification exam. The Cisco CCENT certification is one of the industry's leading certifications in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Courses in the program will allow students to troubleshoot and configure Cisco routers and switches. Students will have the opportunity to work with enterprise grade Cisco equipment under the supervision of Cisco certified instructors.

Computer Science (A.S.)This program leads to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and is designed for those who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate program oriented in the design of hardware and software of computer systems. The program stresses computer, mathematics, and science courses which are appropriate for transfer to a baccalaureate program.

Cybersecurity (A.S.)This program introduces students to the world of cyber and information security.

Students will gain a fundamental understanding of:

  1. the security triad,
  2. the seven domains of information technology infrastructure, and
  3. the three types of security controls.

As students continue through the program, they develop a diverse technical skillset and the foundational knowledge needed for future success. Hard and soft skills will be introduced and reinforced throughout the program. Students will develop technical skills via hands-on labs, develop written and communication skills in the form of policy and report writing, and develop a sound foundation for learning that can be applied in further study or in a career.

Cybersecurity (Cert.)The Cybersecurity Certificate will introduce students to the world of information security. Confidentiality, integrity and availability will be a key focus as those three topics are a benchmark for evaluation of an information systems security. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of security related topics including physical security, encryption, security planning, disaster response, and will gain hands-on experience through Virtual Labs.

Information Technology (A.A.S.)This program leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and is designed primarily for those who intend to seek immediate employment in Information Technology. It is also beneficial for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in I.T. or related areas. The program includes a general education foundation plus the business and mathematics courses necessary to augment the extensive computer courses. By judicious use of electives along with active advisement from departmental faculty, students can tailor the degree program to meet their individual needs. Topics included for study are object-oriented programming, web programming, 3-tier application development, relational database management and development, and Windows Server and Linux Administration.

Information Technology (Cert.)The Information Technology Certificate Program has been designed to provide training in computer skills to meet the needs of students to adapt and succeed in the rapid growth and application of new and emerging computer technologies. The program includes a wide range of courses in computer areas such as networking, programming, and applications in order to provide training to develop marketable skills or an opportunity for college graduates to upgrade their computer skills or prepare for a career change. Students without any computer experience should complete CMP 100 (Computing Technology in Today's Society) before entering the certificate program.

Liberal Arts & Science - Mathematics (A.S.)This program is designed for students who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate program in mathematics, mathematics education (secondary), or a related applied field. Graduates of the program should be able to complete the baccalaureate degree in two years of additional full-time study. The program includes liberal arts courses to provide a broadbased general education, plus computer science and science courses to augment the extensive mathematics component. The mathematics core develops knowledge in three basic areas of mathematics learning: proof and theory, algorithms, and applications. The computer component develops important ancillary skills.

Civil Engineering Technology (A.A.S.): The Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, The curriculum is balanced between liberal arts, mathematics, and civil engineering technology courses. Although many enter industry after graduation, others elect to transfer to Baccalaureate programs in engineering technology. Civil Engineering Technology graduates are guaranteed acceptance as juniors at Fairleigh Dickinson and Rochester Institute of Technology. Others have transferred to Pennsylvania State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and many other colleges. Civil engineering technicians are employed in all phases of the construction industry: small houses, building construction, highways, industrial plants, water supply, and sewage treatment plants. They work as concrete and steel designers, detailers, AutoCAD draftpersons, surveyors, estimators, construction superintendents, inspectors, and sales engineers. Their employers include architects; contractors; consulting engineers; land surveyors; equipment manufacturers; material suppliers; and federal, state, county, and town departments.

  • Course Substitutions: Course substitutions in the AAS Civil Engineering Technology degree program will be made only for courses with substantial equivalent content (over 80% equivalence to that of the NCC approved course outline) from transfer institutions. Course substitutions will only be granted upon written recommendation and after review of the content by a member of the full-time program faculty. The faculty findings will then be submitted to the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Math and Science for approval. Credit hour equivalence alone will not be an acceptable means to approve a substitution.

  • Life Experience Credit: Life Experience credit will be made for those students with ten or more years of experience of appropriate breadth and depth of exposure to topics and content in a given course. Life Experience credit is not readily given. Life Experience credit will be granted only upon written recommendation by a member of the full-time program faculty, after review of supporting material supplied by the student. The faculty findings will then be submitted to the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Math and Science for approval. Under no circumstance, will a student receive life experience for a 200-level course with the exception of CET 201 (Construction Estimating), CET 222 (Materials Testing Laboratory) and CET 231 (Elementary Surveying).

  • Prerequisite Waivers: Course prerequisite waivers will be granted only upon written recommendation by a member of the full-time program faculty, after review of supporting material supplied by the student. The faculty findings will then be submitted to the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Math and Science for approval.

Computer Repair Technology (A.A.S.): The Computer Repair Technology curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, and repair microcomputer hardware and systems, as well as furnish support services to system users. The program will develop the necessary foundation in electronics and computer programming related to computer systems and networking. It will also focus on computer systems and networking. Principles and skills necessary to operate, troubleshoot, install and repair various types of computer systems and networks will be stressed. Graduates will be able to diagnose system hardware or software failures and perform the remedial actions necessary to correct these problems based on a knowledge of the system's operation. At the completion of the degree, the student will be prepared for the A+ certification exams. The student will also be prepared for various network certification exams (MCSE).

Electrical Engineering Technology (A.A.S.): The Electrical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, The ELT program is also accredited by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and part of the Collegiate Training Initiative (FAA-CTI). This curriculum prepares students as electronic technicians to enter such fields as aerospace, communications, digital computer controls, and energy conversion. Within these and related fields they may perform duties as part of a research and development team or a manufacturing, test, or service group. Graduates may continue their education by pursuing studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.

Engineering Science (A.S.): Curriculum content and the overall program have been reviewed and endorsed by the New York State Association of Engineering Colleges. As such, qualified graduates transfer as juniors to numerous outstanding accredited engineering colleges in New York State. This list includes transfer to such institutions as Polytechnic Institute, Manhattan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Columbia University, Clarkson University, Hofstra University, Syracuse University, Union College, New York Institute of Technology, SUNY at Stony Brook, SUNY Maritime, SUNY at Buffalo and SUNY at Binghamton. The program is also accepted with liberal arts transfer credit at out-of-state accredited schools of engineering such as Penn State and the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Certificate in Construction Management is a one-year career oriented program which prepares the student for opportunities in construction contracting and management. The coursework prepares students to enter the field as assistant to the project superintendent or manager, estimator, scheduler, or inspector. Those individuals already in the field will gain skills and knowledge to further their careers at the safety management, site superintendent, and project management levels. The Certificate in Construction Management will also provide graduates of associate degree programs in Architectural or Civil Engineering Technology an opportunity to enhance their education or to focus on management career goals rather than those associated with design. Other professionals in architecture, management, and interior design may enroll in the program to understand the building design and construction process, construction budgets, estimates, and schedules; enhance computer skills in estimating, scheduling, and management software; acquire knowledge of contract documents, building codes, and zoning regulations; understand safety issues; and develop skills in management and dispute resolution.

Certificate in Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy is geared to all students of Nassau Community College interested in gaining a broad understanding of different topics in sustainable design and renewable energy. The certificate program will be taught by professionals in the field, including professional engineers and registered architects. The knowledge gained by the students in this program will aid them in procuring jobs in the green industry, in such fields as engineering, construction, financial, marketing, sales, maintenance, and many more. The sustainable design principles that students will learn in this program will allow them to better understand methods used worldwide by diverse populations.

Students graduating with this certificate could also continue on and seek certification by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and become a Green Associate.

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