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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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113 Credits
A median of 43 credits accepted
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Excel in the Workplace with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program provides you with the knowledge, skills, applications, and practices you need to make an immediate impact in the information technology field.

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the online program develops expertise in subjects including software and development, computer systems, database management, network communication, cybersecurity, system administration, human-computer interaction, and project management. Choose between two technical concentrations that prepare you for positions in high-demand job areas within the information technology industry, or pursue the general option that gives you the opportunity to design a study plan that aligns with your career goals.

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Concentrations

General, Cybersecurity Technology, Network Operations

Fast Facts:

Top job areas in information technology include cloud computing, data analysis, and information security (Source: BLS)


Employment of computer and information technology professionals is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026 (Source: BLS)


Average median salary for a database administrator is $87,020 (Source: BLS)


120

credit hours

Online BS in Information Technology Program Details

Of the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, 60 credits minimum are required in the arts and sciences; 48 credits minimum are required in the information technology component, with at least 15 credits at the upper level; and 12 credits are required in the free elective component and include information literacy.

  • Humanities: 15 credits minimum
    • Ethics (3 credits minimum)
    • Communications (9 credits minimum)
      • Written English Requirement (6 credits)
      • Credits to reach minimum of 9 credits
    • Humanities Electives (3 credits minimum)
  • Social Sciences/History: 9 credits minimum
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 12 credits minimum
    • Natural science (3 credits)
    • Math
      • Discrete Mathematics
      • One course in Calculus, Statistics and Probability, Quantitative Methods, Finite Math, or Mathematical Logic
      • Additional college-level credits to reach 12 credits
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 24 credits

Core Information Technology Courses: 33 credits

Object-Oriented Programming

This course covers problem solving and algorithm development using the object-oriented programming language Java. Requires basic computer literacy.

Data Communications and Networking

Students learn about the application of the concepts and practices of data communications and networking within a business environment. Topics covered include: data communications models, protocols, standards, and services; networking technologies and communication media; network topology, design and architecture; network management; wireless technologies; network security; and cryptography. Students practice their knowledge and skills through hands-on labs and assignments.

Computer Systems Architecture

The course covers in detail basic Boolean algebra, fundamentals of computer design, instruction set principles, RISC/CISC processors, instruction and processor level parallelism, memory hierarchy, pipelining, assembly language, and parallel computer architectures.

Operating Systems

This introduction to the basic components and structure of a generic operating system considers in detail processes, process management and synchronization, threads, interrupts and interrupt handling, memory management, virtual memory management, and resource allocation. It also introduces students to file systems, protection, and security.

Database Management Systems

This overview course covers basic database concepts, database design principles including E-R diagrams and database normalization, SQL queries, transaction management, distributed databases, data warehousing, and database administration.

Web Design and Development

The course presents the fundamental principles of web programming and formatting. Students learn the difference between client side and server side scripting technologies, and the effective use of web authoring tools and code development. The course cover web design standards and the need for integrating human computer interaction principles in web design.

Human-Computer Interactive Design

This course examines human-computer interaction (HCI) and focuses on all aspects of user interface (UI) + user experience (UX) design. Students will explore the fundamental concepts and methods involved in designing digital products, mobile applications, and websites. Students will be challenged to create a startup digital product in the form of a phone app, tablet app, or Web app/website.

Overview of Computer Security

This in-depth look at operating system security concepts and techniques examines theoretical concepts of computer security. Students explore security strategies, the advancement of security implementation, and timeless problem-solving strategies.

Project Management

Students explore the concepts of system development life cycle (SDLC) and project life cycle to enhance their skills in budget and timeline management, and the use of project management software to design project schedules, using bar charts, PERT and critical path method.

System Administration

Through hands-on lab assignments, learners gain the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to administer systems and its resources. The course includes such topics as directory services, user account management, file and print services, load balancing, and security and user/client administration. Students set up and manage a fully functioning computer network of systems.

Integrated Technology Assessment (capstone)

In this culminating course in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, students reflect on past academic and professional experiences to develop learning statements supported by evidence. Additionally, students are required to complete an online final examination.

Concentrations (Choose One): 15 credits

Cybersecurity Technology

Focused on providing broad coverage on the technical, operational, and legal dimensions of cybersecurity, students attain a holistic view of implementing effective cybersecurity programs appropriate to the environment. Students learn to use a variety of cybersecurity tools and techniques in protecting information assets in organizations.

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Attacks and Defenses
  • Business Continuity
  • Network and Application Security
  • Organizational Information Security

General

Design your own area of focus by choosing from approved information technology electives. By customizing your concentration, you can build upon you interests and achievements to stay competitive in the job market.

Network Operations

Focused on providing you with critical knowledge and skills in telecommunications and networking, this concentration guides you through the process of planning, designing, and managing security network and telecommunication systems.

  • Advanced Networking
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Wireless Technology
  • Telecommunication Management
  • Network Systems Design and Management
  • Information Literacy: 1 credit
  • Additional college-level credit to reach 12 credits
  • Apply general and discipline-specific concepts and methodologies to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems in the information technology discipline.
  • Demonstrate an individual desire and commitment to remain technically current with, and adaptive to, changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Demonstrate independent thinking, function effectively in team-oriented settings, and maintain a high level of performance in a professional/industrial environment.
  • Communicate effectively in a professional/industrial environment.
  • Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.
  • Demonstrate and utilize leadership principles in the field of information technology.

Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.


Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.


Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.


Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.


Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to information technology.


Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.


Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies, including human-computer interaction, information management, programming, web systems and technologies, networking, system administration and maintenance, and systems integration and architecture.


Demonstrate the ability to analyze computing and information security requirements and risks, and apply the appropriate tools and techniques to protect organizational data assets in an ethically responsible manner.


Demonstrate the ability to apple best practices and standards for providing technology-based solutions.


Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the local, regional, and global impacts of information technology’s and computing on public, organizations, and individuals.


Demonstrate and commitment to professional development and continue to engage in lifelong learning.


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Common Careers with an
Online BS in Information Technology

Incident Responder

IT Security Coordinator

Network Architect

Network Security Engineer

Network Technician

Security Analyst

Finishing [my degree] has given me more confidence knowing I have a degree standing behind my experience.
Alex Pejcic
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Accreditations

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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