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Excel in the Workplace with an Online BS 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.
General, Cybersecurity Technology, Network Operations
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)
Online BS in Information Technology Program Details
120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
- Cornerstone Course
- Written English Requirement
- Additional credits as required
- Humanities Electives
- Social Sciences/History
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Natural science
- Discrete mathematics
- Additional course at the level of College Algebra or above
- Arts and Sciences Electives
Core Information Technology Courses
Introduction to Programming
This is an introductory programming course that covers problem solving and algorithm development using the popular programming language Python, as well as examining development processes and emphasizing good programming style.
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.
Operating Systems and Computer Systems Architecture
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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
- INL 102 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.
View additional details about programs and courses:Download the Liberal Arts and Sciences Catalog
Common Careers with an
Online BS in Information Technology
- Incident Responder
- IT Security Coordinator
- Network Architect
- Network Security Engineer
- Network Technician
- Security Analyst
Explore Common Careers
Design and build data communication networks, including local area networks, wide area networks, and Intranets.Average Yearly Salary:
Install, maintain, fix and upgrade computer and network equipment and systems.Average Yearly Salary:
Oversee an organization’s computers and database networks to ensure systems are maintained properly and secure.Average Yearly Salary:
IT Support Technician
Provide a wide range of services to support, fix, and maintain an organization's computer systems.Average Yearly Salary:
IT Security Coordinator
Ensure the safeguarding of clients' or company data from unauthorized access, theft, and misuse.Average Yearly Salary:
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Recognitions & Accreditations
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Information Technology Program Criteria.
Excelsior University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2022
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030
All of Excelsior University’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.