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 general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:

  • Demonstrate use of analytical, logical, and critical thinking to design, develop, and deploy effective Information Technology solutions.
  • Examine the principles and concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and the impact of (OOP) on software quality and reusability.
  • Assess the significance of the system development life cycle and its effectiveness.
  • Apply the principles of network technologies in designing a network.
  • Examine the principles 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, and deploying enterprise applications on the desktop and on the Web.

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 (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
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 (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (30 semester hours)

ITCC121Introduction to Computer Science3
WEBD121Web Development Fundamentals3
WEBD122Introduction to Web Analytics3
ITCC113Office Presentation Applications3
ENTD311Analysis and Design of Information Systems3
ENTD321Object Oriented Programming and UML (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming and ENTD211 - Introduction to Software Design)3
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 Development (Prerequisite: WEBD121 - Web Development Fundamentals)3
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 completion of this concentration, graduates 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 completion of this concentration, graduates 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 Droid (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
ENTD333Application Development for the iPhone and iPad (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming or ENGR200 - Introduction to Engineering and Computing (for engineering majors))3
ENTD413Advanced Mobile Application Design and Development3
ENTD465Application Development for Windows Mobile Operating Systems (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
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 completion of this concentration, students 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 Java (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
ENTD381Object Oriented Programming With Java (ENTD380 - Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java or ENGR200 - Introduction to Engineering and Computing (for engineering majors))3
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.

Upon completion of this concentration, graduates 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: Introduction (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
ENTD461Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Advanced (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming or ENTD361 - Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Introduction )3
ENTD462Enterprise Development Using ASP.NET (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
ENTD463Enterprise Development Using C# (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming and ENTD361 - Enterprise Development using VB.NET: Introduction)3
ENTD464Enterprise Development using .NET: Project (Prerequisite: ENTD200 - Fundamentals of Programming)3
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
1

Prerequisite: ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant and Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

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.