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BS - General Information Technology

Students who would like to prepare for a career in information technology may be interested in Capella University's Bachelor of Science in IT program. Students can develop skills in Web development, networking, and IT project management. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in IT program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in IT

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Interested applicants to the Bachelor of Science in IT program should enjoy working with computers, and may wish to become IT professionals. Applicants to Capella University who are under 24 years of age must have completed at least two years of college or have active military status; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in IT program at Capella University offers students the opportunity to examine ethical issues inherent in the information technology industry through case studies, understand the role of information technology in enterprise architecture, and develop project management skills, including risk management, vendor management, configuration management, and team management. In addition to general education studies, coursework includes user-centric design, database design and management systems, network and security design, and operating systems, software, and hardware architecture. Students enrolled in the program can select elective courses from a variety of advanced IT courses, such as risk management, network administration, cyber defense, computer forensics, software construction, and systems assurance security. This program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

180 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Capella participates in several federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide information on other non-federal loan programs.

Capella-funded scholarships are also available in select disciplines, such as the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship and the Helene Krivosha Scholarship for education students. There are also external scholarships offered specifically to Capella students, such as the Go the Distance Scholarship.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in IT:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • MAT 1050: College Algebra (6 credits)
  • MAT 2051: Discrete Mathematics (6 credits)
  • IT 3006: Communication Strategies for the Information Technology Professional (6 credits)
  • IT 2230: Introduction to Database Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 2240: Introduction to Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 2250: Introduction to Network Technology (3 credits)
  • IT 3125: Introduction to Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
  • IT 3165: Ethics for the Information Technology Professional (3 credits)
  • IT 3210: Web Systems and Technologies (6 credits)
  • IT 3225: Business Goals for the Information Technology Professional (3 credits)
  • IT 3300: Human-Computer Interaction (6 credits)
  • IT 3310: Hardware and Operating Systems Architecture (6 credits)
  • IT 3340: Fundamentals of Software Architecture (6 credits)
  • IT 3350: Network and Security Architecture (6 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • Upper-Division Information Technology Courses (42 credits)
  • Elective courses (39 credits)
  • IT 4990: Integrated Action Learning Capstone Project (6 credits)

General Education Courses

General Education Courses

Students choose 45 credits with a minimum of 6 credits from each category.

  • Choose a minimum of 6 communication credits:
    • ENG 1000: English Composition (6 credits)
    • ENG 2000: Research Writing (6 credits)
    • ENG 3300: Business and Technical Writing (6 credits)
    • COM 1000: Public Speaking (3 credits)
    • COM 2000: Intercultural Communication (6 credits)
    • COM 2050: Visual Design in Communications (3 credits)
    • COM 3200: Leadership, Gender, and Communication (6 credits)
    • COM 3700: Conflict Resolution (6 credits)
    • COM 4100: Media and Culture (3 credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 humanities credits:
    • ART 2000: Art History Survey (6 credits)
    • HUM 1000: Introduction to the Humanities (6 credits)
    • HUM 1050: World Religions (3 credits)
    • HUM 3300: Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 credits)
    • LIT 2001: Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 credits)
    • LIT 2100: Women's Literature (3 credits)
    • PHI 1000: Introduction to Philosophy (6 credits)
    • PHI 2000: Ethics (6 credits)
    • PHI 2050: Human Nature and Ethics (3 credits)
    • PHI 2100: Introduction to Logic (6 credits)
    • PHI 3200: Ethics in Health Care (6 credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 natural science and mathematics credits:
    • BIO 1000: Human Biology (6 credits)
    • BIO 1050: Biology and Society (3 credits)
    • BIO 2000: Environmental Health (6 credits)
    • CHM 1000: Chemistry for Changing Times (6 credits)
    • CHM 1050: Chemistry and the Environment (3 credits)
    • PHY 1000: Introduction to Astronomy (6 credits)
    • MAT 1050: College Algebra (6 credits)
    • MAT 1051: Pre-Calculus (6 credits)
    • MAT 2001: Statistical Reasoning (6 credits)
    • MAT 2050: Statistical Literacy (3 credits)
    • MAT 2051: Discrete Mathematics (6 credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 social science credits:
    • ECO 1050: Microeconomics (6 credits)
    • ECO 1051: Macroeconomics (6 credits)
    • HIS 1000: Immigrants in the American City (3 credits)
    • HIS 3200: History of Health Care in America (3 credits)
    • HIS 4100: Critical Aspects of American History (3 credits)
    • PSYC 1000: Introduction to Psychology (6 credits)
    • PSYC 2200: Educational Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSYC 2700: Child Development (3 credits)
    • PSYC 2800: Introduction to Human Sexuality (3 credits)
    • POL: 1000 The Politics of American Government (6 credits)
    • POL: 2000 Globalization (6 credits)
    • SOC: 1000 Introduction to Human Society (6 credits)
    • SOC: 2000 Cultural Diversity (6 credits)
    • SOC: 3400 Social Deviance (6 credits)
  • General Education Electives (21 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon successful completion of Capella University's Bachelor of Science in IT program, some students may choose to continue their education with graduate studies. Students who pursue a technology-related master's degree have the opportunity to enhance their technical skills, as well as focus their educational training by choosing a specialized degree. Examples of master's programs in the IT field include:

  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Computer Networking
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Web Design

Potential Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Science in IT program is designed to help prepare you to pursue a variety of positions within the information technology field. Graduates should have the skills needed to seek positions in any sector of business that utilizes IT professionals. Depending on which IT courses graduates completed, they could pursue a variety of positions, such as:

  • Network administrator
  • Software engineer
  • Web developer
  • IT manager