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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Christopher Vinson, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Class of 2017
Almost all businesses rely on information systems to be successful and efficient. This field requires specialists who can keep up with the continually changing landscape of the digital world, and that’s what South University delivers. Our Bachelor of Science degree at South University Columbia provides you with the foundation for understanding the function and process of computer programming, database design, network design, information security, and software engineering. Case studies and relevant projects further prepare students for the technology-dependent workplace. And we offer specializations in Database Development and Administration, Information Systems Security, Network Administration and Management, and Multimedia and Web Development so you can focus your learning and get the most out of your education

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Choose two additional courses from the following:
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose two)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose three)
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 24 Credits
BUS1101 Introduction to Business, 4 Credit Hours
ITS1101 Foundations of Information Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS1103 Ethics and Information Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2103 Networking Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2104 Programming Logic, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2105 Programming I, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 92 Credits
ITS2108 Human Computer Interface, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2110 Database Design and Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2111 Multimedia Web Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3100 Software Engineering Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3101 Advanced Operating Systems and Architecture, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3102 SQL Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3103 Advanced Networking, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3104 IT Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3105 Programming II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3110 Applied Systems Analysis, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4011 IT Project Management, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4090 Applied Systems Analysis II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4099 IT Research, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4103 IT Capstone, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following Administrative Elective courses from this list:
ITS4105 Network Administration I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4106 Network Administration II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4109 Server Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4115 Database Administration, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4200 Information Technology Internship, 4 Credit Hours
MIS3101 Application of Management Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

BUS1038 Business Law I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2023 Business Communications, 4 Credit Hours
CRJ1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice System, 4 Credit Hours
CRJ2100 Introduction to Law Enforcement, 4 Credit Hours
CRJ4021 Cyber Crime, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2021 Spreadsheet and Database Applications, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4105 Network Administration I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4106 Network Administration II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4107 Designing and Maintaining Network Implementations, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4108 Network Programming, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4109 Server Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4110 Digital Audio and Imaging for Multimedia and Web, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4111 Web Authoring Tools, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4112 Web Programming, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4113 Database Systems for Website Applications, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4114 Advanced Database Design and Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4115 Database Administration, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4116 Database Programming, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4211 Network Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4221 Application Software Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4231 Case Studies in Computer Security, 4 Credit Hours
MGT2037 Principles of Management, 4 Credit Hours
MKT2010 Principles of Marketing, 4 Credit Hours

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.


Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.  This includes computations in binary, prediction of software run-time, and the ability to follow programming logic through complex calculations.
  • Use quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve technology problems.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Display an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities in relation to the use and deployment of technology.
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Recognize the need for, and display an ability to engage in, continuing professional development to stay current with technology innovations and advancements either through graduate study or progression in a chosen career path.
  • Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
  • Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.  This includes the areas of networking, database design and development, Web-based applications, human-computer interface, computer security, and software design and development.
  • Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.
  • Effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
  •  Present best practices and standards in computing and information technology and their application.
  • Assist in the creation of an effective project plan.  This includes a thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and the application of technology resources to the solution of business problems.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the BS in Information Technology program are prepared for entry-level positions such as:

  • Network and Systems Administrators
  • Network Managers
  • Database Administrators/Network Engineers
  • IT Administrators/Export Managers
  • Global Technical Supervisors
  • Information Security Administrators
  • IT Managers
  • LAN Security Specialists
  • Operations Managers
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