The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is designed to produce academically sound and functionally competent IT professionals who can build and deploy networks, databases, web properties, and other IT-related assets. Core programming skills along with problem-solving skills and techniques are offered to help bring you a well-rounded technology education applicable to the IT marketplace today. Additional concentrations allow you to choose from dozens of specific courses in order to specialize in the IT area of interest for your career. IT personnel are needed in all industries, and this online bachelor’s program helps prepare you for a variety of careers including programmer, systems analyst, project manager, web developer, database designer, and more.

Coursework in this program also meets various industry certifications including Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). 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:

  • Assess the significance of the system development life cycle and its effectiveness.
  • Build a software program with software quality and reusability using the principles and concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).
  • Design a network that incorporates the principles of network technologies.
  • Design a database that applies the fundamentals of database management systems.
  • Analyze the computer and network security issues, policies, proactive measures, and software tools to counter security breaches and threats.
  • Apply industry driven techniques for designing, developing, deploying, and securing enterprise applications on the desktop and on the Web.
  • Demonstrate use of analytical, logical, and critical thinking to design, develop, and deploy effective Information Technology solutions.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements42
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
DSIN141Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop3
Select 1 course from the following: 13
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
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
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
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)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
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
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
ENTD200Fundamentals of Programming3
Natural Sciences with Lab (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (30 semester hours)

ITCC121Introduction to Computer Science3
WEBD121Web Development Fundamentals3
HRMT101Human Relations Communication3
ENTD220Introduction to Python3
ENTD311Analysis and Design of Information Systems3
ENTD321Object Oriented Programming and UML3
ISSC411Application Security3
ISSC341Introduction to Networking3
INFO321Database Management Systems3
ISSC431Database Systems Security3
Total Semester Hours30

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, E-Commerce Concentration, Mobile Computing Concentration, Programming, or Web Development using .NET Concentration.

General Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

WEBD221Intermediate Web Development3
WEBD241Web Development Using JavaScript3
INFO331Management Information Systems3
ISSC422Information Security3
ISSC321Computer Systems Organization: Intermediate3
Total Semester Hours15

E-Commerce Concentration (15 semester hours)

The purpose of this concentration is to broaden the scope of understanding e-commerce for information technology students interested in using this technology. As the technology field shifts, the curriculum must embrace the changes in technology to appropriately address the needs of the students. The growth of the World Wide Web, supported by the increased use of the Internet to purchase goods and services, has led to e-commerce, or electronic commerce, the buying and selling of products and services via computer networks. E-commerce is now one of the leading trends in Web technology that is influencing the use of Websites. Two pioneers of e-commerce are Amazon.com, which sells books and other goods, and Priceline.com, which allows customers to pay for airline tickets and hotel rooms online. E-commerce focuses on three major types of e-commerce as defined by B2B (business-to-business) commerce, B2C (business-to-consumer), and C2C (consumer-to-consumer).

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

  • Explain the principles and practices of e-commerce technology.
  • Analyze guidelines and techniques associated with e-commerce development.
  • Summarize the growing trends of e-commerce development and how it is transforming businesses.
  • Analyze Web technology tools available to manage e-commerce.
  • Apply Web analytics, Web videography, search engine optimization, and Web content management systems skills to promote e-commerce.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

WEBD300User Interface Design3
WEBD311Internet Concepts3
WEBD321Web eCommerce Development3
WEBD322Web Videography3
WEBD323Search Engine Optimization3
Total Semester Hours15

Mobile Computing Concentration (15 semester hours)

Focuses on mobile application design and development, and how mobile devices enhanced by application software are changing the face of technology. Uses scenario-based exercises and requires students to use assigned tools to write, test, and deploy mobile software applications.

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

  • Examine the principles and practices of mobile computing.
  • Summarize the growing trends of mobile computing development and how it is transforming businesses.
  • Research guidelines and techniques associated with mobile application design, development, and deployment.
  • Analyze, design, develop, write, test and deploy mobile applications into the target platform environment.
  • Assess the benefits of designing and developing mobile application software to promote mobile computing for Droid, Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ENTD313Mobile Application Design and Development3
ENTD322Application Development for the Droid3
ENTD333Application Development for the iPhone and iPad3
ENTD380Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java3
ENTD413Advanced Mobile Application Design and Development3
Total Semester Hours15

Programming Concentration (15 semester hours)

The purpose of this concentration is to build a stronger foundation in Object Oriented Programming using Java programming. As the technology field shifts, the curriculum must embrace the changes in technology to appropriately equip students with marketable skills. There has been a substantial growth in application software development as companies seek customized applications to address their requirements. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer programmer is expected to grow by eight percent between now and the year 2022. Java is one of the most highly recommended programming languages for students to learn. It serves is a primary language for building mobile apps, games, and enterprise software and works across multiple platforms.

Objectives

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

  • Explain the principles and practices applicable to programming in Java.
  • Analyze guidelines and techniques associated with object-oriented programming using Java.
  • Summarize the growing trends of software development and how it is transforming businesses.
  • Apply object-oriented programming using Java programming language.
  • Build software programs using Java programming language.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ENTD261Scripting Languages for the Administrator3
ENTD380Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java3
ENTD381Object Oriented Programming With Java3
ENTD481Enterprise Development using J2EE3
ENTD411Application Development3
Total Semester Hours15

Web Development using .NET Concentration (15 semester hours)

This concentration focuses on the principles and practices necessary to design, develop, and deploy web applications using the .NET framework on the Web. Graduates will be able to build real-world .NET applications based on the knowledge and skills gained in the program. This program prepares the adult learner to seek entry-level career positions such as: Web database developer, Visual Basic developer, C# developer, and .NET developer. In addition to applying and using Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), Visual Basic, ASP, and C# to develop web applications.

Objectives

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

  • Summarize the impact of the .NET framework on IT Management, on security, and on global economies as it applies to enterprise ecommerce solutions on the Web.
  • Examine the use of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) principles in Visual Basic, ASP, and C#.
  • Analyze the hierarchy of the Framework Class Libraries (FCL)
  • Design application objects and properties for use on the web.
  • Develop application objects and properties for use on the Web.
  • Explain the architecture, life cycle, management issues, and process for developing Visual Basic, ASP, and C# web applications.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

ENTD361Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Introduction3
ENTD461Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Advanced3
ENTD462Enterprise Development Using ASP.NET3
ENTD463Enterprise Development Using C#3
ENTD464Enterprise Development using .NET: Project3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

INFO498Information Technology: Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (42 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.