Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology Degree Program

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree program at Argosy University, Online is designed to prepare students for a career working with computers, networks, and emerging technologies.

Graduates of this program will attain the knowledge and skills needed to integrate engineering, programming, and management concepts applied to formulate solutions to contemporary business challenges.

Gainful Employment Information

Through the program’s core courses, students will have the opportunity to develop foundation skills in database operations, operating systems, networking, and security, as well as cloud computing, virtualization, and mobile computing. Through the program’s concentration courses, students will have the opportunity to develop specialized skills within one of the following fields: computer programming, computer security, web development, database administration and development, entrepreneurship, network and system administration, or project management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Program Outcome One: Values
    • Apply ethical decision-making within the field of Information Technology.
    • Consider the role of IT governance within business when making decisions.
  • Program Outcome Two: Problem solving within IT and Business
    • Apply creative thinking to analyze and solve complex technology problems in a business setting.
    • Employ critical thinking and rational and evaluative approaches to support research and problem solving.
  • Program Outcome Three: Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Analyze situations and apply the best mediums to communicate effectively.
    • Incorporate the key tenets of interpersonal effectiveness: mindfulness, ethics, and competence in business interactions.
  • Program Outcome Four: Application of Knowledge of Information Technology
    • Design and implement computer networks and security.
    • Integrate cloud computing and virtualization with business solutions.
    • Design and implement database solutions.
    • Evaluate and recommend mobile solutions.
    • Apply concepts related to file structure, data storage, and retrieval processes to business applications.
  • Program Outcome Five: IT Leadership and Management
    • Align Information Technology with business strategy.
    • Provide solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity.
    • Design and manage IT projects.
    • Evaluate impact of emerging technologies in specific business settings.
    • Assemble a portfolio of IT projects.

Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)
  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills2
  • 6 credit hours in communications, including ENG101 - Composition I and ENG210 - Writing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • 6 credit hours in humanities3
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences4
  • 6 credit hours in natural sciences
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses (in any general education distribution area)5

1All students must take a minimum of four courses at the 300 and 400 level within General Education, and a minimum of ten 300 and 400 level courses within the open electives.

2To satisfy the academic and interpersonal skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 - Skills for Success and COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed at least 60 credit hours of college level coursework. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success take three IT elective courses (9 credit hours). Arkansas residents who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs offered through Argosy University Online Programs are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness.

3Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.

4 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to complete 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.

5Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 6 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Twin Cities take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who do not receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success (3 credit hours) and three IT elective courses (9 credit hours) and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

 

Information Technology Core Course Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BSIT degree program are required to complete 16 information technology core courses (48 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

IST101 - Information Technology Foundations I
(3)

(3)

IST102 - Information Technology Foundations II
(3)

(3)

IST201 - Networking Fundamentals
(3)

(3)

IST211 - Ethics and IT Governance
(3)

(3)

IST241 - Security Fundamentals
(3)

(3)

IST301 - Operating System Fundamentals
(3)

(3)

IST351 - Database Fundamentals
(3)

(3)

IST353 - Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
(3)

(3)

IST405 - Mobile Computing
(3)

(3)

IST411 - Cloud Computing
(3)

(3)

IST415 - Virtualization
(3)

(3)

IST499 - Information Technology Capstone
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—36 Credit Hours
Concentration Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

The primary goal of the concentration is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies in a specific area of study.  Students enrolled in the BSIT degree program are required to complete a 5 course concentration (15 credit hours) as follows:

  • Computer and Network Security
  • Web Development
Computer and Network Security Concentration Requirements

The Computer and Network Security concentration offers coursework for students interested in pursuing entry-level employment as an information security analyst or manager. This concentration is designed to prepare entry-level security analysts to assess the network infrastructure and network security management aspects of information security. It focuses on network security infrastructure technologies vulnerability assessment tools, as well as overall security infrastructure engineering and design.

The learning outcomes for the Computer and Network Security concentration are as follows:

  • Analyze use of data files and access privileges to safeguard information in computer files.
  • Evaluate current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.
Computer and Network Security Concentration Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

IST243 - Cyber Crime
(3)

(3)

IST344 - Digital Forensics
(3)

(3)

IST345 - Computer Penetration Security
(3)

(3)

IST347 - Application Security
(3)

(3)

IST443 - Case Studies in Computer Security
(3)

(3)

Computer and Network Security Concentration Requirements—15 Credit Hours

 

Web Development Concentration Requirements

The Web Development concentration offers coursework for students interested in pursuing entry-level employment as a web developer or manager. This concentration is designed to prepare graduates to seek employment as entry- level web developers to design, create, and modify web sites. It focuses on the analysis of user needs to implement web site content and graphics, test performance and capacity, as well as integrate web sites with other computer applications.

The learning outcomes for the Web Development concentration are as follows:

  • Design web sites using an authoring languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.
  • Evaluate code to ensure validity, proper structure, industry standards, and compatibility with browsers, devices, and/or operating systems.
  • Discuss use of current web technologies and programming practices.
Web Development Concentration Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

IST251 - Introduction to Web Design and HTML
(3)

(3)

IST343 - Web Development with HTML 5
(3)

(3)

IST355 - Web Development and Cascading Style Sheets
(3)

(3)

IST356 - Web Authoring Tools
(3)

(3)

IST387 - JavaScript Development
(3)

(3)

Web Development Concentration Requirements—15 Credit Hours

 

Open Elective Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BS IT degree program are required to successfully complete nine courses (27 credit hours) to fulfill the open electives requirements. Students may select courses from any area listed under Section Twelve, Undergraduate Course Listings.

Note

*Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who do not receive a waiver for ASP100 - Skills for Success are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success (3 credit hours) and three IT elective courses (9 credit hours).

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
    • Official or unofficial high school transcript (except in Georgia and Tennessee)High School diploma (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • State issued high school equivalency (home school) (except California)
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation

-OR-

  • Official college transcript from a completed associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.