Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Technology Innovation

The desire to remain at the forefront of the technological curve demands an education in tech innovation. The ability to connect business value with information systems of the future creates opportunities to innovate with technology.

GCU's cutting edge Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programs offer learners the skills to integrate information systems and develop business applications for improved user efficiency. The emphasis in technology innovation evaluates opportunities that are in development and products at the front end of the technological curve. It prepares scholars to thrive in technology driven business environments by providing exposure to the latest innovations in the field.

Graduates are provided with creative problem solving skills and a deep understanding of new IT technologies that power the business world – in the context of developing commercial products.

At the core of an information technology program at GCU, a wide array of topics in IT are captured, including:

  • Platform technologies
  • Networking
  • Information assurance
  • Security and management
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Human-computer interactions
  • Cloud computing, and
  • Web systems and technologies

This program puts a heavy focus on problem-solving that transcends information technology. It instills critical thinking, real-world application and practical project experience. Learners are taught to embody professional and ethical practices that matter across the landscape of information technology – through the lens of the Christian worldview.

Key Competencies

  • The Process of Innovation: Identify and articulate factors, trends and triggers of innovation.
  • The Role of Technological Innovation: Identify the impact of technology across industry.
  • Technological Progress: Analyze the technological elements in an organization and assess the appropriate pace of adoption for new information systems.
  • Technology in the Developing World: Assess the role and impact on the information systems of an organization faced with the limitations of a developing nations regulatory environment and infrastructure.
  • Business Technology: Explore the role of technology, as it improves operational efficiency and efficacy in business activities.
  • Human Analytics: Apply software and hardware tools that provide trends in information systems, for social and business activities.

Careers in Information Technology

  • Information systems manager
  • Information security specialist
  • IT project manager
  • Network support specialist
  • Systems programmer
  • IT instructor
  • App developer

Program SOC

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Computer Systems Analysts
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Applications
Software Developers, Systems Software
Computer Network Architects
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