Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
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, 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.
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
- Programming – Analyze, design, code and test applications using Microsoft Visual C#; later courses introduce Java, mobile programming and software engineering
Following Sullivan’s tradition, we engage students 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 the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree.
Length: 18 months beyond the Associate degree
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.
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.
General Education 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.
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.
Important note: if the Associate degree or other transfer credit does not include the prerequisite courses for the required courses listed, those classes must also be completed for the Bachelor’s degree.