The Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology degree provides practical knowledge and skills designed to prepare you for technical positions in the information and related computer industries regardless of your background. Pursuing this degree will afford you the opportunity to complement your mandatory industry certifications such as Security+ and A+ with a degree. The program covers a variety of subject areas to include soft skills in human relations, computer-based systems organization processes and components, web development fundamentals, productivity applications, programming essentials, communication and network technologies, database systems and information security management. Additional concentrations allow you to choose from dozens of specific courses in order to specialize in the technology area of interest for your career. Successful completion of this online program prepares you for entry-level careers in the computer and information technology field.

Coursework in this program also meets various industry certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+. Please view course descriptions for complete details.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills to communicate and collaborate.
  • Analyze computing requirements to solve problems.
  • Design computer systems or technology-based projects using appropriate hardware and software technologies.
  • Develop computer systems and technology-based projects using analytical, logical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical, legal, security, and social responsibilities as a professional in the technology industry.
  • Apply current skills and tools of software applications development, network architecture, data productivity and information security analysis.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required72
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
PHIL200Introduction to Ethics3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
COMM211Social Media and Society3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ITCC231Introduction to Information Technology Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
HIST270History of Science3
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
STEM100Introduction to STEM Disciplines3
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (72 semester hours)

MGMT100Human Relations3
ITCC121Introduction to Computer Science3
ITCC200Application Software Integration3
ITCC112Advanced Productivity Applications3
INFO331Management Information Systems3
ENTD200Fundamentals of Programming3
ENTD220Introduction to Python3
ENTD313Mobile Application Design and Development3
WEBD121Web Development Fundamentals3
WEBD122Introduction to Web Analytics3
WEBD221Intermediate Web Development3
WEBD241Web Development Using JavaScript3
ISSC221Intermediate Computer Systems3
ISSC231Networking Concepts3
ISSC322Computer Systems Organization: Advanced3
ISSC323Computer Hardware Systems3
INFO222Database Concepts3
ISSC422Information Security3
ISSC331Legal Issues in Information Security3
ISSC344Open Source System Security3
ITMG321Information Technology Project Management3
ITMG481Ethics in Information Technology3
SOCI403Social Change3
POLS410Public Policy3
Total Semester Hours72

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the Concentration in Cloud Computing, Concentration in Information Security and Assurance, Concentration in Networking, or Concentration in Web Development.

Concentration in Cloud Computing (15 semester hours)

The concentration offers an introduction to the field of cloud computing. You will learn about cloud architecting, the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS); it will  teach you solutions architects and how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions, while maintaining recommended security and privacy. The concentration aligns with AWS Certification.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate cloud services such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service necessary to fulfill business requirements.
  • Select key resources to model service specifications and service contracts to perform service orchestration.
  • Design logical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to convert into services implementable in today's cloud environments.
  • Demonstrate use of key tools to analyze an organization’s assets and verify if the cloud security and privacy implications are justifiable in implementing cloud computing.
  • Apply key principles of cloud computing and the security and privacy involved with this technology.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ITNW210Cloud Foundations3
ITNW211Cloud Architecting3
ISSC326Cloud Computing3
ISSC426Cloud Security and Privacy3
ISSC345Service Oriented Architecture3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Information Security and Assurance (15 semester hours)

This concentration expands your knowledge of information technology security and, it helps you better apply critical security measures. Protecting sensitive or proprietary information is of paramount importance. Malicious security threats are on the rise and necessitates critical security strategies that incorporate information assurance, solid attack and defense tactics, risk management, auditing, planning and policies that will maintain the credibility and survival of the organization. The concentration focuses on addressing these information security needs in the industry.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze user requirements to design, develop and deploy effective information security solutions.
  • Apply information assurance initiatives to protect an organization’s information assets.
  • Develop a security architecture consisting of tools, techniques, and technologies to prevent the penetration of networks, to detect attacks, and to defend an organization using effective countermeasures.
  • Develop effective assessment strategies to implement effective and proactive risk mitigation measures and risk management practices.
  • Examine various technologies and tools to assist with discovery and auditing in the world of security management.
  • Construct security plans and actionable and maintainable policies to create a holistic approach to cybersecurity for an organization.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ISSC361Information Assurance3
ISSC262Red and Blue Team Security3
ISSC363IT Security: Risk Management3
ISSC471IT Security: Auditing3
ISSC481IT Security: Planning and Policy3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Networking (15 semester hours)

The concentration extends your understanding of the principles and practices associated with local, distributed and enterprise networking. You will learn about basic routing and switching concepts, Virtual LANs (VLANs), Inter-VLAN routing, static routing and dynamic routing protocols, Single-Area OSPF, Access Control Lists (ACLs), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Network Address Translation (NAT), wireless ad-hoc networks, and network and mobile security. The concentration aligns with Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certificate as well as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA R&S) designation.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Identify user requirements to design, develop and deploy effective network solutions.
  • Analyze network designs, topologies, architectures, protocols, communications, administration, operations, and resource management for wired, wireless, and web-based networks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to configure routers, switches, static routing, dynamic routing, and Virtual LANs (VLAN).
  • Demonstrate the use of common network protocols.
  • Develop network security practices, processes, and plans used to maintain an effective and productive network.
  • Apply relevant wireless and mobile network security measures to address security threats.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ITNW200Cisco I3
ITNW201Cisco II3
ISSC343Wireless Networks3
ISSC421Computer and Network Security3
ISSC442Wireless and Mobile Network Security3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Web Development (15 semester hours)

This concentration focuses on the principles and practices necessary to design, develop, and deploy web applications. You will study Internet communication and technology, Web browsing, multimedia on the Web, databases and Web search engines, business e-mail and personal information management, Internet services and tools. You will also explore search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, design effective user interfaces for websites, examine Web e-commerce development and how businesses and organizations may to use the Web to the buy and sell products and services online, and use Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard to create data formats to electronically share structured data.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the principles and practices of Web technologies.
  • Apply search engine optimization (SEO) strategies.
  • Design effective user interfaces for websites, with an emphasis on designing for mobile technologies.
  • Summarize the growing trends of e-commerce development and how it is transforming businesses.
  • Demonstrate use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard to create a document structure.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

WEBD311Internet Concepts3
WEBD323Search Engine Optimization3
WEBD300User Interface Design3
WEBD321Web eCommerce Development3
WEBD341Enterprise Data Exchange Using XML3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

ITCC498Computer Technology Advanced Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation)3
Total Semester Hours3