Information Technology

These days, the Internet and privately-owned intranets and extranets keep everyone connected. Whether you want to talk, transfer data, send a message or watch a video, it all travels through a variety of networks. As more people and companies become dependent on these networks, more problems need to be overcome. These include:

  • Bad connections
  • Loss of bandwidth
  • Crashed or corrupt files
  • Threats from hackers
  • Computer viruses
  • Identity theft
  • Online fraud and credit card theft

More skilled technicians will be needed to install, maintain, manage, repair and secure complex network systems. According to Computerworldmagazine, high-profile breaches have prompted company executives to ramp up the demand for qualified security professionals to the highest levels since 9/11.

In addition, new uses for computer-based networks are being developed everyday. In the healthcare industry alone, new systems are needed to manage patient records and new databases are being developed to run DNA sequencing. Opportunities are out there for those who have what it takes.

If you’re tech savvy and cool under pressure, this could be a great career field.

Successful information technology professionals know how to work effectively under pressure. They’re cool-headed under a crisis and willing to work long hours to fix problems.

A career in information technology could be right for you if you:

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Can work well in a wide range of environments
  • Find technical problem-solving very satisfying
  • Are better at thinking, organizing and understanding than persuading
  • Work well alone and in a team

What are the career opportunities in this field?

These professionals work in a variety of different environments including professional offices, small businesses, government organizations, and large corporations, and may hold many different titles. Entry-level professionals typically work behind the scenes. After gaining experience and expertise, they can advance to more senior-level work.

  • Network and computer systems administrators design, install, and troubleshoot problems as well as make recommendations for future system upgrades
  • Computer security specialists design and install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime
  • Computer security technicians educate users about security procedures and install security software
  • Networking Technicians help to install and monitor networks

While there is no universally accepted way to prepare for a job as an information technology specialist, most employers place a premium on some formal college education. A 2-year degree is a prerequisite for some jobs, while a bachelor’s degree is required for others. To get into management and advance, many employers require a master’s degree.

Where do they work?

Information technology workers normally work in well-lit, comfortable offices or computer labs. They usually work about 40 hours a week, but if their employer requires computer support over extended hours, they may be “on call” for rotating evening or weekend work. Overtime may be necessary when unexpected technical problems arise. Those who work as consultants are away from their offices much of the time, sometimes spending months working in a client’s office. Full-time employees generally receive full benefits packages including health/dental insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement/wealth savings or accrual plans (such 401(k), company stock, and profit-sharing).

What are potential job titles?

Potential entry-level job position titles include, but are not limited to, network operators, junior network administrators, help-desk professionals, technical support personnel, computer and information systems managers, and network architects.

How do I advance in this career?

Advancement in information technology careers depends on the actual career path the student chooses (such as networking, management or security). Some information technology degree graduates will be able to move up in the field simply by gaining on-the-job experience, while others will need to earn a master’s degree or industry credential. For most IT professionals, adding industry credentials throughout their career will be very beneficial in remaining relevant as well as positioning them for greater responsibility and advancement.

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

All degrees below provide a foundation for students to prepare for certifications in:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • CompTIA Network +
  • MCP - Configuring Windows 8
  • MCP - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Additionally, bachelor's degree students may also be prepared for the following (based on their elective choices):

  • MCP - Administering Windows Server 2012
  • MCP - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA - Windows Server 2012 Solutions Associate

Degree options:

  • Associate and Associate of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – No Major or Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Network Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology Management – Information Technology

For a full list of classes and their corresponding certifications, please talk to your admissions advisor.

What is the program title, length, and content?

Program availability varies by campus.

Program Credits Months
Certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCCNA) 16 4
Certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Virtualization (CCIV) 16 4
Certificate in CompTIA A+ (CCA+) 16 4
Certificate in Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (CMCSA) 16 4
Diploma/Certificate in Network Systems (DNS/CNS) 33 12
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology 62 20
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With No Minor or Concentration 122 36
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management 122 36
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology 122 36
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Certificate and Diploma Programs

These short programs prepare students with specific skills and knowledge that they can immediately apply to their careers.

ALL DEGREES BELOW PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS TO PREPARE FOR CERTIFICATIONS IN:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • CompTIA Network +
  • MCP - Configuring Windows 8
  • MCP - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

BACHELOR'S DEGREE STUDENTS MAY MAY ALSO BE PREPARED FOR THE FOLLOWING (BASED ON THEIR ELECTIVE CHOICES):

  • MCP - Administering Windows Server 2012
  • MCP - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA - Windows Server 2012 Solutions Associate

FOR A FULL LIST OF CLASSES AND THEIR CORRESPONDING CERTIFICATIONS, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR ADMISSIONS ADVISOR.

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

This program provides both the technical know-how and hands-on experience needed to launch a career in this growing field. Students get the core fundamentals of network architecture and security protocols as well as problem-solving practice working on operating systems, routers and switches. Graduates are prepared for jobs in network installation and security as well as network and help desk support. Download Program Course Sheet

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WITH NO MINOR OR CONCENTRATION

In addition to the solid computer science curriculum, students take in-depth courses in the various aspects of computer networking, firewalls, routers and switches as well as systems administration scripting and security protocols. Graduates are prepared for careers in virtually any public service, private industry or government organization. Download Program Course Sheet

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WITH A CONCENTRATION IN NETWORK MANAGEMENT

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management curriculum is focused on designing, implementing, and supporting solutions to business problems in the general categories of information technology, information management, and business communications. Download Program Course Sheet

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WITH A CONCENTRATION IN SECURITY TECHNOLOGY

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology curriculum is focused on designing, implementing, and supporting solutions to business problems in the general categories of information technology, information management, and business communications with emphasis on security technology. The program helps students to develop skills needed to design an organization's security systems procedures, standards, protocols, and policies, as well as ensure that operational security is in compliance with standards. Download Program Course Sheet 

Which locations offer this program?

Akron Campus
Atlanta Campus
Birmingham Campus
Brookfield Campus
Kenosha Campus
Madison Campus
New Orleans Campus
Online Campus
Orlando Campus
Toledo Campus

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