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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Program

Christopher Vinson, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Class of 2017

All businesses rely on information systems and technology to be successful and efficient. This growing field requires specialists who can help organizations keep up with the continually changing digital landscape, and that’s what South University delivers.

Our Online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree provides a strong foundation in computer programming, database design, network design, information security and the use of information technology to address business needs. Students can choose between three IT specializations – Comprehensive, Cybersecurity or Management – focusing on one particular interest or obtaining a broad skillset across disciplines. A broad range of electives is also available with whatever specialization you choose. Either way, our case studies and hands-on projects can help you develop the communication skills, critical thinking and technical competencies to be competitive in today’s technology-dependent workplace.

IT Specializations

At South University, our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program can prepare you to pursue in-demand technology careers and industry certifications. Our courses allow you to get extensive hands-on practice through comprehensive virtual labs and are built to develop the communication skills, critical thinking and technical competencies required for today’s workplace. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose between three IT specializations.

Find the Right IT Specialization for You

Comprehensive: In this specialization, you can explore database development and administration, information systems security, multimedia and web development, and network administration and management. Work to develop key IT competencies across the board, so that you can gain the flexibility to pursue a wide range of career opportunities upon graduation.

Cybersecurity: The demand for IT experts who can operate, maintain, protect and defend organizational assets is growing.* Designed to prepare you for these essential roles, our Cybersecurity specialization follows the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (CWF) guidelines and aligns with professional certification best practices. All Cybersecurity courses include virtual lab activities.

Management: IT Management professionals play a vital, strategic role in modern enterprises. This track helps you to develop IT skills essential for planning and implementing reliable IT in organizations. Our technology management focus and business emphasis together also prepare you to exercise a leadership role within the IT department of an organization upon graduation.

 

*https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-market-report/

 

Admission Requirements

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

To be admitted to any of the undergraduate programs at South University, the prospective student must provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned, or the equivalent (e.g. GED with no single test score below 145 or numeric score equivalent to 2.0 on old version or state-issued certificate designated as the equivalent of a High School Diploma) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The prospective student must also complete the university administered placement tests prior to the start of the first quarter for campus students and during the first session of attendance for online students. South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation. Credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service.  Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may meet admissions requirements by submitting a minimum combined SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math) score of 700 or 900 on the old SAT, a combined ACT score of 18, or a satisfactory score on the university-administered admissions examination (see the Admissions Office) or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.

Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted provisionally for two quarters. Failure to achieve a 1.5 CGPA in the first two quarters of attendance will result in dismissal.  Students may appeal the dismissal by following the Procedures for Appealing Academic/Financial Aid Dismissal Policy.

To facilitate the admissions process, unofficial documentation, such as copies of transcripts or grade reports, may be used to determine admission status. Transfer status cannot be designated, however, without some verifying documentation. Admissions test scores on university administered entrance exams will not be accepted from other universities. Prospective students must take a University administered admission exam, like the Accuplacer, at South University.

A student's failure to provide acceptable verification of proof of high school graduation within 10 weeks of his or her start date will result in the following:

  • Removal from class
  • Cancellation of enrollment
  • No final course grades
  • No transcript

NOTES: Students who do not provide proof of high school graduation within the 10-week period will not be responsible for any tuition and related fees.

South University may grant exceptions to the 10-week period for unusual situations or circumstances.  All exceptions must be submitted to the office of the University Registrar for approval.

Please see the policy on GPA Calculation for Admission for additional information

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Specializations: 180 credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 48 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
Choose one additional course from the list below:
COM2006 Interpersonal Communication, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Choose two additional courses from the list below:
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural and Physical Sciences (choose one)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose one)
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
ENG2020 Introduction to Film Studies, 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 one)
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: 52 credits
ITS1101 Foundations of Information Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2103 Networking Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2104 Programming Logic, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2105 Programming I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2110 Database Design and Development, 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 the program across Areas I, II, III and IV. For example, if a course from the Area III Specialization group is completed, it cannot be used to meet an Elective requirement. Also, students should be sure to select elective courses for which they will have met the required prerequisites. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

ITS4090 Applied Systems Analysis II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4099 IT Research, 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
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
ITS4117 Web Stack Construction, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4200 Information Technology Internship, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4211 Network Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4221 Application Software Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4222 IT Governance, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4223 Information Technology Service Management, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4224 Foundations of Enterprise Architecture, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4232 Information Systems Security I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4238 Healthcare Information Systems Security and Privacy, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4239 Incident Response, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MIS3101 Application of Management Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 80 credits
Common Core: 32 credits
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
ITS3110 Applied Systems Analysis, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4011 IT Project Management, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4103 IT Capstone, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4109 Server Technology, 4 Credit Hours
Select One Specialization: 48 credits
Specialization in Comprehensive
ITS1103 Ethics and Information Technology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2108 Human Computer Interface, 4 Credit Hours
ITS2111 Multimedia Web Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4090 Applied Systems Analysis II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4099 IT Research, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4105 Network Administration I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4115 Database Administration, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4211 Network Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4222 IT Governance, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4224 Foundations of Enterprise Architecture, 4 Credit Hours
MIS3101 Application of Management Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one course from the list below:
ITS3100 Software Engineering Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4113 Database Systems for Website Applications, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4114 Advanced Database Design and Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4200 Information Technology Internship, 4 Credit Hours
Specialization in Cybersecurity
ITS2101 Applied Calculus for IT, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3105 Programming II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4000 Cybersecurity Research, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4117 Web Stack Construction, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4211 Network Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4221 Application Software Security, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4232 Information Systems Security I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4233 Information Systems Security II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4234 Ethical Hacking I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4235 Ethical Hacking II, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4236 Cyber Forensics, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4239 Incident Response, 4 Credit Hours
Specialization in Management
ACC1001 Accounting I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS1101 Introduction to Business, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2023 Business Communications, 4 Credit Hours
FIN2030 Introduction to Finance, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4105 Network Administration I, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4222 IT Governance, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4223 Information Technology Service Management, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4224 Foundations of Enterprise Architecture, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4232 Information Systems Security I, 4 Credit Hours
MGT2037 Principles of Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS3101 Application of Management Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one course from the list below:
BUS3001 Ethics in Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
ITS3100 Software Engineering Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4099 IT Research, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4113 Database Systems for Website Applications, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4114 Advanced Database Design and Development, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4200 Information Technology Internship, 4 Credit Hours
ITS4238 Healthcare Information Systems Security and Privacy, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

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

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
Choose one additional course from the list below:
COM2006 Interpersonal Communication, 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
Core
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
Note(s)

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

Outcomes

Upon completing the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze information systems’ impact on businesses and organizations and demonstrate an ability to manage, create, and/or modify information systems.
  • Communicate clearly your understanding of and solutions for common technology problems.
  • Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge including a thorough understanding of the terminology, applied usage, application to business problems, and deployment of technology resources.
  • Display competence with database management technology, information systems security, multimedia web technology, networking technology, project management, software development, and systems analysis.

Career Outlook

Graduates of our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program typically pursue entry-level positions across the IT development lifecycle in planning, analysis, development, testing, deployment, service, program management, or technical support. These include:

  • Technical sales support engineer, sales engineer
  • Systems engineer, systems analyst, computer systems analyst
  • Information security analyst, computer security analyst
  • Software engineer, software developer, computer programmer
  • Database developer, Web developer
  • Software tester, quality assurance tester
  • Computer network architect, network engineer
  • Product support engineer, systems support engineer
  • Customer support analyst, customer support IT specialist, computer user support specialist
  • Computer systems administrator, database administrator, network administrator

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here. 

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