INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information Technology Bachelor of Science (B.S.I.T.) Degree
Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.I.T.) degree prepares students for a career in information technology with the communication skills, critical thinking skills, and technical competencies required in the modern workplace.

This degree program includes a strong technical foundation in proficiency in web design, programming languages, systems analyst and design, operating systems, project management, and application software for business solutions. The B.S.I.T. degree offers career concentrations in the area of:

  • Cyber Security Professional
  • Network Support Administration and Security
  • Web Design and Application Development
  • System Support and Administration

Students completing the B.S.I.T. degree program in one or more of the concentration areas are prepared for a wide range of professional IT careers. Graduates can go directly from this program into the Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (M.S.M.I.T.) degree program to enhance their assets even further.

Objectives

Our program produces IT versalists instead of IT specialists. Our intent is to produce students who are capable in the areas of user/customer support, networking, databases, website design, and programming. These five areas make up our “pillars of IT.” Instead of producing a student who is focused on a single area of competency, we expose students to every aspect of information technology:

  • User/Customer Support – Help desk management techniques; installation, configuration and troubleshooting for hardware, software and networks; prepare for CompTIA A+ certification exam, technical writing
  • Networking – Prepare for CompTIA Net+ and Security+ certification exams; installation and configuration of network (including security)
  • Databases – Design and construct relational databases; Structured Query Language (SQL); MySQL; Microsoft SQL Server
  • Website Design – Design and create web pages and websites using HyperText Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3); later courses focus on dynamic websites using JavaScript, PHP, XML and AJAX
  • Programming – Analyze, design, code and test applications using Microsoft Visual C#; later courses introduce Java, mobile programming and software engineering
Highlights

Following Sullivan’s tradition, we engage student in real-world, hands-on learning. These courses are taught by professionals that come from the industry. We do not only discuss creating web pages. Instead, students are instructed to create web pages and they are posted to a live server for the world to see. We create real-world applications that can be used in a modern business setting. We build networks using current Cisco equipment.

Our IT Academy department chair said it best. He created an analogy of an individual who wanted to make it in Hollywood. If the person can act, he has a slight possibility of making it. If the person only dances, his odds are about the same. If that person sings incredibly, the odds do not change that much. However, if you put those three talents together (acting, dancing and singing), that person is called a triple threat – they can do it all. In our field, the triple threat is that person who has a degree, certifications and experience. We offer all of these through each program in the College of Information and Computer Technology.

Courses

180 Credit Hours Minimum
Length: 18 months beyond the Associate degree
Associate degree or equivalent plus the following classes (see Undergraduate Admissions section for a description of Sullivan’s 2+2 programs)
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
Information Technology Core Courses    
CSC 105 Introduction to Programming 4
CSC 108 Introduction to Computers 4
CSC 109 Introduction to Networking 4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I 4
CSC 200 Principles of Technology 4
CSC 209 Networking and Security Design 4
CSC 210 Database Design 4
CSC 230 Website Design 4
CSC 240 Visual Programming 4
CSC 303 Computer Operating Systems 4
CSC 306 Systems Architecture 4
CSC 364 Systems Analysis and Design 4
CSC 414 Senior Seminar in Information Technology 4
CSC 420 IT Project Management 4
Credit Hours   56
Business Core Courses    
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting I 4
BUS 204 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics  4
BUS 224 Professional Development 4
ECO 201 Microeconomics 4
ECO 202 Macroeconomics 4
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
ENG 204 Advanced Writing 4
FYE 101 Information Literacy 4
GEN 215 Human Dynamics 4
MGT 114 Business Organization and Management 4
MGT 304 Principles of Management 4
MTH 101 College Math 4
MTH 201 College Algebra 4
MTH 202 Introduction to Statistics 4
MTH 301 Quantitative Methods 4
MTH 305 Discrete Math 4
Credit Hours   68
Information Technology/IT Academy Students must choose nine additional courses, three of which
are required at the 300/400 level. Elective courses are selected
in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor to meet the
requirements for one or more concentration areas.
32
General Studies Electives Students must choose two additional General Education
classes, including one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category
and one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category. These
classes are in addition to the required General Education classes
listed in the associate and bachelor’s curricula. See the Table of
Contents for the complete list of General Education classes and
minimum requirements.
8
Free Electives Elective classes are selected in consultation with the student’s
faculty advisor to balance the program in keeping with the
student’s personal objectives or associate degree.
12
Total Credit Hours   180
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