Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is to help you prepare for career advancement in the information technology (IT) field by providing the technical knowledge, and communication, critical thinking, and creative skills relevant to the modern workplace. The degree program is designed to help you develop a working knowledge of IT concepts, tools, and methods as well as the leading-edge technologies needed to design information systems. 

In addition, courses teach you how to apply technical competencies to solve business problems. Whether your immediate educational goals are satisfied by the completion of a bachelor's degree or you are planning to pursue study in the information technology field beyond the baccalaureate level, this degree program may be for you.

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, www.abet.org.

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Program Highlights

The following program educational objectives are approved by information technology faculty and the Advisory Board:

  • Our graduates will be able to evaluate and apply current IT best practices when solving real world problems in complex IT environments
  • Our graduates will be able to demonstrate their ability to work within diverse teams, and to use effective written and oral communication skills when analyzing and designing IT solutions
  • Our graduates will be able to assess the impact of information technology on business processes and apply effective and ethically sound solutions locally and globally. 

Program Outcomes

  • Technology Skills: Apply current technical tools and methodologies to solve problems.
  • Client Specifications: Analyze users' technical issues.
  • System Specifications: Design information systems.
  • Technology Analysis: Evaluate IT trends, practices, and products.
  • Business Analysis: Evaluate the potential impact of information systems and technology on business processes.
  • Project Management: Apply project management practices, tools, and methods.
  • Professional Development: Recognize the ethical considerations for IT professionals locally and globally as they develop in their careers.

Each term students are assessed on their mastery of the course outcomes which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors employers expect. A summary of these assessments can be found here.

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Concentrations

When you enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, you can choose to pursue a concentration, which is a grouping of courses designed to prepare you with specialized knowledge and skills in a specific field. Concentrations allow you to personalize your education by focusing your elective choices on an area of study that best fits your desired career path.

Choose from:

  • Information Security and Assurance
  • IT Management
  • Network Administration
  • Programming and Software Development
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Accelerated Master’s Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Earning a minimum course grade in select bachelor's degree courses can gain you entry into a shortened version of Kaplan University's master’s degree in information technology or cybersecurity managementComplete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Education Advisor upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

This degree program could help you pursue careers in database management, network administration, programming, website development, and information security. Our programs are designed to prepare you with the integrated design and technology background to work in many industries, including consulting. You can focus on an area of study that best fits your career and educational goals.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 105

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 241: FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION Change

      This course will examine fundamental components of technical communication, which include analyzing audience, defining objectives, designing documents, testing usability, and editing content. Students will use digital media tools to create a formal technical document tailored to meet the needs of an identified audience.

      Credits:

      2

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course
       

    • IT 117: WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT Change

      In this course, you investigate Internet technologies. You learn the concepts of web development along with web page design. By creating an individual online portfolio or biography using HTML, HTML5, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), you develop skills for today and tomorrow. This course will enable you to self-promote and demonstrate your skills to an audience via the web.

      Dynamic Description:

      One of the tools for self-promotion includes the ability to create a website on the World Wide Web. In this course, students will have the opportunity to combine technology with creativity. Whether you are an entrepreneur or you just have something to say, this course will give you step-by-step instruction on getting started and creating your unique website.

      Some important skills students will be exposed to in the website development course include:

      • The basics of the World Wide Web
      • Coding in HTML5TM
      • Using CSS to enhance the code
      • Hands-on activities targeted to the skills employers need today
      • The ability to upload web pages to a server
      • The ability to recognize a URL
      • Displaying a unique and creative page on the World Wide Web
      • Documenting their web design journey in a journal
      • Troubleshooting HTML5 code

      Sample Project:

      In this project, the students add images to their webpages. Images for this assignment are related to the page topic. A subfolder named "Images" is created within the existing web design folder. The task is to insert the image in at least two of webpages and upload the pages to the server. The alt tag has to be added within each image tag. Students are required to submit a URL of their websites.

      What's Next?

      After learning the basics of website design, it is important to continue to develop your skill set. Students can take advanced courses in web design or utilize a graphic user interface (GUI) to further develop websites.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND Change

      This course teaches students to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

      Dynamic Description:

      Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Microsoft Office Applications On Demand, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.

      What's Next?

      After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 163: DATABASE CONCEPTS USING MICROSOFT ACCESS Change

      This course is an introduction to relational database management systems. You will use a relational database management system to create and maintain a database. You will create filters, sorts, queries, forms, and reports. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to meet user requirements.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 190: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS Change

      You will explore concepts of information technology including hardware, software, and networks. You will also gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. Topics include personal computer configuration and maintenance, along with the essentials of system software installation and administration.

      Dynamic Description:

      Having a foundational understanding of computers and computer concepts is imperative to today's information technology (IT) professional. Whether you have chosen to pursue a career in programming, health informatics, web design, networking, etc., understanding how a computer works both inside and out will prepare you for a successful career in IT.

      In this course, you will learn some of the fundamentals of computers. Possible topics include:

      •  How society is affected and changed by computers
      •  How a computer operates; binary code, operating systems, different applications
      •  Hardware that makes up a computer and how the different computer specifications may affect your choices
      •  How computers communicate and the hardware and software required to network computers together
      • Different types of networks and how to protect those networks from both physical and logical failure
      • Ethical issues that affect computer users every day

      Sample Project:

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      What's Next?

      Computer literacy is a required skill for competing in today's work force. It provides a foundation for any computer related career from accounting to networking. Having the fundamental skills required to use computers is just the first step in developing a successful future.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 213: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS Change

      This course introduces the fundamentals of software engineering, demonstrating how the fundamentals are the same across multiple programming languages. The core principles found in every programming language are investigated. You will design, develop, debug, and test simple applications using your choice from the programming language options.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 117 | Corequisite: IT 234 (recommended)

    • IT 232: SOFTWARE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS Change

      This is an intermediate course in the design and development of programs offering students a choice of implementation and demonstrating how design and programming concepts are universal. Students will apply software design techniques, software process models, object-oriented programming concepts, and secure data-handling techniques. Students will design, develop, debug, and test intermediate-level applications using their choice from the programming language options.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 213 | Corequisite: IT 302 (recommended for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students)

    • IT 234: DATABASE CONCEPTS Change

      This course prepares you to learn database programming. You will be exposed to the essential concepts of database management systems and SQL programming language. This course will provide you with the business context in which data is used and how it is transformed into information. You will identify the information needs and general usage of data within the modern business context and link the use of relational database management systems to the data needs of the organization.

      Dynamic Description:

      Database management involves the monitoring, administration, and maintenance of the databases and database groups in an enterprise. Database Management Systems (DBMSs) are programs that offer a set of tools that make these tasks possible. These tools use Structured Query Language (SQL), which is a querying language designed for controlling data and managing databases effectively in a relational database management system (RDBMS).

      No matter the size of the organization, the amount of data continues to grow and this data needs to be accurate and accessed efficiently.  Knowledge of database management increase is important because databases are used in various industries as more work is done on the Internet. Because of this, there is likely to be a need for more development and more growth in the database management field.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 163

    • IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS Change

      This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include network design components, such as topologies and access methods, administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.

      In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.

      * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 

      Sample Project:

      A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.

      How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDjmm0btO8

      What's Next?

      The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.

        Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 286: NETWORK SECURITY CONCEPTS Change

      This course introduces you to the essential knowledge required to secure today’s networks. You will learn to identify threats and vulnerabilities and to apply effective strategies to prevent data breaches. The course discusses topics such as risk assessment; compliance and operational security; access control and authorization management; intrusion detection; application hardening; malicious attacks; and cryptography. It outlines a security professional’s responsibilities and discusses the skills needed to protect an organization’s data and network infrastructure.

      Dynamic Description:

      If you plan to pursue a career in security, this course covers the foundational information to help you succeed.* It explains IT security basics; malware and threat management; social engineering; risk and business continuity planning; cryptography; security policies and operational security; and the security administration. You will also be able to use the concepts in this course to study for the CompTIA Security+ Exam SYO-401 and SYO-501.

      * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

       Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

      Sample Projects:

      Exercise: Upload and Download Speed Test
      Search for Internet speed test or bandwidth test websites (ex: McAfee Speedometer or bandwidthplace.com) and test your current system for both download and upload speed. Take a screen capture of the response. Explain your results and how these results may change overtime.

      Exercise: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

      MBSA helps network administrators test the security state of their systems and detect problems with configuration and software updates. Research MBSA on Microsoft's website. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your system, you can download and run MBSA by following the instructions on the website. Take a screen capture of your results. Explain your results and any issues MSBA has identified.

      How does MBSA compare to Windows Update? If you cannot install MBSA on your system, research it on Microsoft's web site and write a summary of the features and results it generates.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  273

    • MM 250: DISCRETE MATHEMATICS Change

      This course is designed to provide information technology and computer science students with an overview and appreciation of mathematical concepts, highlighting applications of mathematics to information technology and computer science. Topics include set theory, logic, matrices, sequences and series, graph theory, and algorithm analysis. The student will complete assignments in each of these areas and be able to identify and apply the core concepts in each of these areas to related problems.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or MM 212

    • MT 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT Change

      This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 301: PROJECT MANAGEMENT I Change

      This course introduces you to the principles of project management. You will gain knowledge of the project management skills and processes needed to select, initiate, and plan a project. You will explore the project management knowledge areas. Topics include creating the project charter, developing project scope statements, creating the project schedule and budget, and risk planning.

      Dynamic Description:

      This course introduces students to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK®) to understand the basics of project management development.  By the end of this course, you should be able to:

      • Select appropriate project management practices, tools, and methodologies for a given project.
      • Create a project plan.
      • Explain why ethics and integrity are important to the field of IT.
      • Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

      What's Next?

      Once you successfully complete this course you may consider taking IT 401: Project Management II. This course will expose you to advanced areas in project management.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 302: HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION Change

      This course introduces you to the field of human computer interaction (HCI). You will survey HCI history and theory, and examine standard principles that are necessary to produce effective interface designs for the consumer. You will also learn about development methodologies, evaluation techniques, task analysis, and prototyping. Activities include observation and analysis of various types of interfaces, plus the use of professional tools to create a new interface design.

      Dynamic Description:

      This course takes us into the mind of the average user as well as into the design process to discover concepts that work better than others. Included in the course are the study of interaction paradigms, the interaction framework, interaction styles, discovery, conceptual and physical design, grouping principles, color, WIMP, text, audio, haptics and movement, and related issues.

      Sample Project:

      The Unit 8 Assignment deals with accessibility issues. Students create a podcast (audio file) and explain some of the ethical issues behind following accessibility rules. The resulting audio file is accompanied by a written transcript.

      What's Next?

      • Students develop the critical thinking skills to understand what the average customer wants and needs from the customer viewpoint, and how to design products for the marketplace that are user-friendly yet still retain the functionality that is necessary.
      • Some of the course relates to project management, which is a valuable skill set for any IT major.
      • Even students who are not going into a design field will understand more about interfaces and can use the knowledge learned to make more informed technology purchases for themselves as well as the companies for which they work.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    • IT 331: TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE Change

      This course explores the concepts and purpose of information technology infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on expanding your knowledge of computer networks and data transmissions and applying those concepts to an organization’s technology requirements.

      Dynamic Description:

      Students will explore the physical devices that constitute a modern network and learn about the software and hardware components of a local area network (LAN).

      Among the many important skills sets, this course will help students:

      • Analyze the functions of key components in information technology (IT) infrastructure.
      • Evaluate wide area network (WAN) technologies.
      • Plan an effective IT infrastructure based on the needs of an organization.
      • Describe how networking skills can improve project success.
      • Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

      The students will explore different technology options such as:

      • Leased line - Point-to-point connection between two computers or LANs
      • Circuit switching - A dedicated circuit path is created between end points (ex: is dial-up connections).
      • Packet switching - Devices transport packets via a shared single point-to-point or point-to-multipoint link across a carrier internetwork. Variable length packets are transmitted over permanent virtual circuits (PVC) or switched virtual circuits (SVC)
      • Call relay - Similar to packet switching, but uses fixed length cells instead of variable length packets. Data is divided into fixed-length cells and then transported across virtual circuits.

      Sample Project:

      Each student will describe a network that he or she has knowledge of; this may be a LAN at work or a home setup. The student will describe the physical characteristics of the LAN and how it has been implemented. The project must be completed using the standard APA format. Because this is a written assignment, the student gains skills in observation and reporting of technical details.

      What's Next?

      Once the student has a solid foundation in the components that make up a network they can start to study more advanced areas of network design and implementation.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    • IT 332: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE Change

      This course introduces you to the background of information systems architecture. You will learn a holistic approach to both hardware and software architecture design from a broad systems perspective. Both a business and technical focus will be covered with concrete examples of current technologies and related managerial issues.

      Dynamic Description:

      This course seeks to introduce you to a number of topics crucial to understanding computer system architecture as an entity and discipline in the information technology (IT) field. It starts by introducing you to the concept of a system as it pertains to computers, computer language, numbering system, and an overview of the computer architecture evolution.

      The course then moves to explore the components (central processing unit [CPU], memory, motherboard bus) which makes the system work and delves into their architecture. To complete the picture, the course takes you into the world of clusters, supercomputing, parallel computing, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), and finally the type of networks that make the system as a whole work.

      What's Next?

      Candidates in this field will typically work in teams responsible for infrastructure systems, architecture, and security design. Experienced candidates may lead the design of innovative solutions for existing and future information technology infrastructure networking systems and will ensure information technology systems are secure, integrated, and accessible to authorized personnel. S/he will also be responsible for development of policies, standards, and procedures to manage information technology systems. This includes analyzing business and user needs, documenting requirements, and revising existing system logic difficulties as necessary.

      Some of important skill knowledge areas a system architect job may require includes knowledge of complex network infrastructure and security, TCP/IP and the OSI Network Models, System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), web development technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, etc., database software such as MS SQL Server or Oracle, technology modeling theory, and principles and project management principles and practices.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 331

    • IT 350: ADVANCED DATABASE CONCEPTS Change

      This course covers theories and techniques of database design and incorporates advanced concepts of the database language Transact-SQL (T-SQL) for creating efficient database implementations. You will expand your developmental skills by capturing the business requirements and creating the conceptual design using a modeling tool for generating the entity-relationship diagram (ERD). You will transform the conceptual design into the logical design in order to create and manipulate the database objects. Finally, you will use a high-level programming language and connect to an MS SQL Server database for displaying organized information to users.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 234

    • IT 402: IT CONSULTING SKILLS Change

      This course will introduce you to the theory and practice of IT consulting. You examine the processes and techniques associated with the consulting field. Business aptitude skills will be taught including communication, ethics, presentation, and leadership skills. Additionally, project definition and analysis, project planning, gathering user and project requirements, executing projects, time management, and the history of consulting will be examined. Through case studies, you prepare a project proposal and a persuasive presentation for an organization.

       Dynamic Description:

      This course covers how consulting is different from project management, providing historical context, and delving into management consulting; various processes; project definition and analysis; gathering requirements and data; executing projects; analysis strategy; decision-making; and time management in terms of project planning. There is also emphasis on leadership, communication, and presentation skills, all of which are crucial to consulting success.

      Sample Project:

      The Unit 3 assignment's case study examines a situation in which the analysis of wireless access point locations and purchases are contended by the client. Students must present the issue as an opportunity instead of a problem, determine what kind of objectives this opportunity then offers, and further explore how to work with the client.

      What's Next?

      Students should have honed their written communication and presentation skills for consulting through activities this course. This includes not only using the appropriate terminology and suitable software, but writing clearly and explaining complex situations to clients. The development of critical thinking and analysis skills in a variety of situations will make the student more adaptable in the consulting industry.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    • IT 460: SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN Change

      This course provides an overview of the system development life cycle (SDLC), including the modification and design process. You will learn to choose a system development methodology and evaluate the impact on the organization's strategic plan. It emphasizes the factors for effective communication with users and team members and all those associated with development and maintenance of the system.

      Dynamic Description

      This course exposes you to the basic roles and responsibilities a systems analyst, focusing on methodology and process rather than technology. In IT projects there is an important need for someone to be able to bridge the gap between technical and business aspects and keep the project moving forward. IT 460 is a project-oriented and focused course as it simulates a real-world example.

      Sample Project:

      The student will have the opportunity to design and publish a process to ensure that our project understands as best as possible what our users are looking for us to do.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

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    • IT 489: BACHELOR’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP Change

      This course gives you practical job experience in the information technology field. The internship provides you with an opportunity to learn about the IT career field through practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from an IT professional. This experience will enrich your technology skills and provide a better understanding of the level of expertise needed to be successful in your career. Internships must be preapproved by the Dean prior to the start of the term. Students who fail this course on the first attempt may not reenroll in this course without the Dean’s approval.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

    • IT 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Change

      The Bachelor's Capstone in Information Technology is designed to build on the concepts of all information technology courses you have taken as a part of your degree plan. The capstone project integrates problem-solving techniques and the development and implementation of viable, student-developed solutions to meet an identified technology or design need in a business or institutional environment.

      Dynamic Description:

      Learn more about the capstone course. (www.screencast.com/t/2nXQAfG23)

      You will work on a real-world capstone project selected by you and approved by
      your instructor. The project is designed to build upon everything that has been learned in the degree program, and integrates problem solving techniques within a business environment.

      This course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. This offers an opportunity to add to an ePortfolio.   Students are asked to envision a corporate client, identify the needs of the organization, and then create an individualized solution. Many students have actually developed solutions which were later implemented within a real company. This is an opportunity to pursue your dreams, let your imagination run wild, and see what you can accomplish.

      Sample Projects:

      • Planning and implementing a secure network for a company moving into a new building that supports 30 users initially that scales up to 100 users
      • Web based rolodex of recipes stored in a Microsoft SQL database; recipes include breakfast, main entrées for lunch and dinner, and desserts. Recipes can be added or existing recipes changed
      • Creating a mobile application and distributing it to an app store(s)
      • Implement an open source intrusion detection system to protect a high school's network

      What's Next?

      Perhaps you want to pursue your master's degree? If so, please check out the University catalog for more information.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Program Chair

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 42

    Total Program Credits: 180

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
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  • IT Management Concentration
  • Information Security and Assurance Concentration
  • Programming and Software Development Concentration
  • Network Administration Concentration
  • Please Select a Concentration Above
  • IT Management Concentration

    Total IT Management Concentration Credits: 75

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • IT 262: CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKING I Change

      This course covers the tools and procedures needed to perform ethical hacking. Ethical hacking, which is also known as penetration testing, is a procedure employed by organizations where the tester attempts to penetrate or compromise a computer or network. In so doing, organizational vulnerabilities are brought to light, which allows the organization to mitigate the vulnerabilities uncovered.

      This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to continue your studies for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification. While the course may provide you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 277: CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY PROFESSIONAL I Change

      This course covers the essential material comprising the first two study domains in the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). These two domains include asset security and access management. The information covered is vital in gaining a threshold understanding of the field of cybersecurity, and will enable you to implement access control methods, prevent access control attacks, and select controls and countermeasures based on security evaluation models.

      This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue CISSP certification. While the course may provide you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 279: CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY PROFESSIONAL II Change

       This course covers the essential material comprising three study domains in the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).  These three domains are security engineering, network security, and software development security. The information covered is vital in gaining a threshold understanding of the field of cybersecurity, and will enable you to assess the vulnerabilities of security solutions, design secure communication channels, and apply security controls in the software development environment.   

      This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue CISSP certification. While the course may provide you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 277

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 303: APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT, VIRTUALIZATION, AND THE CLOUD Change

      This advanced computer virtualization course will include hands-on practice and is designed for individuals who have an understanding of operating systems and programming concepts. Students study several methods of applying virtualization locally and in a hosted environment. Students will create a workable software program within a virtual server and in a cloud service solution.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 213 and IT 232

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 374: LINUX SECURITY Change

      This course introduces Kali Linux as a penetration testing and security auditing platform with advanced tools to identify, detect, and exploit any vulnerabilities uncovered in the target network environment. You will explore several security assessment tools necessary to conduct penetration testing in their respective categories, such as target scoping, information gathering, discovery, enumeration, and vulnerability. You will develop practical penetration testing skills by demonstrating hacker tools and techniques that reflect real-world attack scenarios from a business perspective in today's digital age.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 275

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION Change

      This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares you to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. You will perform administrative tasks such as network service installation and configuration; Active Directory installation; Group Policy design and configuration; and network and Active Directory security configuration. You will learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation; and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  278

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 390: INTRUSION DETECTION AND INCIDENCE RESPONSE Change

      This course provides an introduction to intrusion detection systems available to protect networks from cybercriminals. You will explore various security concepts and the basics of security attacks. You will install and configure various intrusion detection system tools. Topics include principles and classifications of intrusion detection systems, incident response process, and response types. Additionally, the course presents insight into intrusion detection and forensics and incident response strategies required to protect critical assets.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 286

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 395: CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKING II Change

      This course continues concepts introduced in IT 262 covering the tools and procedures needed to perform ethical hacking. More advanced penetration testing procedures are covered as well as how to incorporate the knowledge learned into a cohesive set of procedures to help organizations find potential vulnerabilities.

      This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to continue the pursuit of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification. While the course may provide you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 262

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 401: PROJECT MANAGEMENT II Change

      This course is the second of two project management courses and explores more advanced topics. Students will gain knowledge of the project management skills and processes needed to execute, control, and close a project. Topics include planning project resources, developing the project team, conducting procurements, measuring project performance, controlling work results, and applying professional responsibility.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  301

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 410: CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY PROFESSIONAL III Change

      This course primarily addresses two domains in the Certified Information Systems Security Professional CBK (Common Body of Knowledge). The two domains are (1) security assessment and testing and (2) security operations. The security assessment and testing domain explores vulnerability assessments and secure software testing strategies. The domain of security operations details how to manage change and respond to incidents. There will also be a discussion of two important topics that were not examined in Domain 1 of the CISSP I course. These topics are professional ethics, and legal and regulatory issues.

      This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue CISSP certification. While the course may provide you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 279

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 411: DIGITAL FORENSICS Change

      In this course, students learn about computer forensics and techniques used to perform computer forensics examinations. Students learn how to gather and protect evidence used in prosecuting computer crimes. Topics in this course include acquiring digital evidence, bookmarking data, file signature analysis, hash analysis, and other forensic techniques. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 286

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 412: INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY Change

      Businesses must be able to protect their networks and infrastructures from security attacks. In this course, you learn to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement security solutions. Topics in this course include access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security and risk management, compliance and investigations, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications, and network security. This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the requisite knowledge to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam. While the course may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  286

      Choose any combination of four courses.
    • IT 471: ROUTING AND SWITCHING II Change

      This course is the second of two routing and switching courses and explores more advanced topics. You will design, configure, reconfigure, and maintain network routing and switching devices. You will also learn advanced concepts in protocols, resource access, and disaster recovery. Emphasis is placed on planning, proposing, and securing network infrastructure.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  388

      Choose any combination of four courses.
  • Information Security and Assurance Concentration

    Total Information Security and Assurance Concentration Credits: 34

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION Change

      In many organizations, the network administrator is the wizard behind the curtain. Network connections between users and computers seem to magically perform the transmissions required for daily operations. In this course, you are introduced to basic network administration. You install and configure a network operating system in a virtualized environment and practice administrative tasks. You perform hands-on exercises demonstrating server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 273

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP Change

      This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  273

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 316: COMPUTER FORENSICS Change

      This course explores the pervasive nature of illegal and unauthorized activity occurring in cyberspace: computer crime. You will learn about the many types of computer crime and the structured procedures deployed in its investigation. This will include a systematic investigative approach of both corporate and criminal-related offenses. You will learn data-retrieval principles including onsite data collection, laboratory data retrieval, and live network data retrieval. You will learn how current computer forensics tools are used for data acquisitions to data analysis. This course will also discuss how computer crimes present unique vulnerabilities to computer systems due to the global nature of the Internet.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 390: INTRUSION DETECTION AND INCIDENCE RESPONSE Change

      This course provides an introduction to intrusion detection systems available to protect networks from cybercriminals. You will explore various security concepts and the basics of security attacks. You will install and configure various intrusion detection system tools. Topics include principles and classifications of intrusion detection systems, incident response process, and response types. Additionally, the course presents insight into intrusion detection and forensics and incident response strategies required to protect critical assets.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 286

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 411: DIGITAL FORENSICS Change

      In this course, students learn about computer forensics and techniques used to perform computer forensics examinations. Students learn how to gather and protect evidence used in prosecuting computer crimes. Topics in this course include acquiring digital evidence, bookmarking data, file signature analysis, hash analysis, and other forensic techniques. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 286

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 412: INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY Change

      Businesses must be able to protect their networks and infrastructures from security attacks. In this course, you learn to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement security solutions. Topics in this course include access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security and risk management, compliance and investigations, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications, and network security. This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the requisite knowledge to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam. While the course may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  286

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

  • Programming and Software Development Concentration

    Total Programming and Software Development Concentration Credits: 18

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • IT 391: ADVANCED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING WEB AND MOBILITY Change

      This course focuses on advanced design and programming concepts and techniques offering you a choice of implementation and demonstrating how advanced concepts apply across a variety of languages. You will develop advanced software, web, and mobile applications, while applying concepts related to data structures, algorithms, web services, graphics, mobile, and multimedia. You also learn how to create interactive applications across a variety of platforms (traditional applications, websites, and mobile applications).

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 232, IT 234, and IT 302

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
    • IT 481: DISTRIBUTED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course further expands advanced software design and development concepts, offering the student a choice of implementations and demonstrating how the concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will apply analysis and benchmarking, database creation and usage, database normalization, Data in Motion and Data at Rest security, threading, reentrancy, and advanced testing concepts. Students will also learn how to package software for distribution.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 350 and IT 391

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
    • IT 488: SOFTWARE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT USING AGILE Change

      This project-based course concludes the multiplatform software development series of courses and allows you to apply your learning to the development of a software product in an agile team software development environment. You will explore the concepts of agile development and then implement those concepts as you work on an agile development team, designing and developing a software product using an agile software development life cycle, from concept to packaged product.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 481 and IT 350

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
  • Network Administration Concentration

    Total Network Administration Concentration Credits: 28

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION Change

      In many organizations, the network administrator is the wizard behind the curtain. Network connections between users and computers seem to magically perform the transmissions required for daily operations. In this course, you are introduced to basic network administration. You install and configure a network operating system in a virtualized environment and practice administrative tasks. You perform hands-on exercises demonstrating server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 273

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP Change

      This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  273

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION Change

      This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares you to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. You will perform administrative tasks such as network service installation and configuration; Active Directory installation; Group Policy design and configuration; and network and Active Directory security configuration. You will learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation; and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  278

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 388: ROUTING AND SWITCHING I Change

      This course is the first of two routing and switching courses that prepare you to design, configure, and maintain network routing and switching. You learn the basic concepts, protocols, and functions of network routers and switches. Emphasis is placed on hands-on practice of configuration and troubleshooting using live and simulated labs.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 283

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • IT 471: ROUTING AND SWITCHING II Change

      This course is the second of two routing and switching courses and explores more advanced topics. You will design, configure, reconfigure, and maintain network routing and switching devices. You will also learn advanced concepts in protocols, resource access, and disaster recovery. Emphasis is placed on planning, proposing, and securing network infrastructure.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  388

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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