Computer Science Programs and Information Technology Degree Programs
Our technology-driven world continues to demand innovative, highly tech-equipped professionals who specialize in areas like software development, programming, networks, systems administration and cyber security. The computer science degree programs and information technology degree programs within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University (GCU) provide the hands-on training and key competencies to enter into in-demand, high-income careers in technology.
By earning a computer science degree or information technology degree, you develop the skills for critical thinking, as well as hands-on, applicable and project-based experience. Take this educational opportunity to impact the future of technology and develop solutions to take enterprise systems to the next level through a challenging career.
Online IT Programs at GCU
Our online IT programs are designed with the flexibility for you to conveniently learn according to your schedule. We ensure you have the opportunity to gain a quality education.
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is committed to being on the forefront of STEM learning and preparing you for a challenging, in-demand career.
BS in Computer Science
GCU offers a computer science degree with emphases in big data analytics, business entrepreneurship or game and simulation development. You will gain a foundation in software applications and multifaceted technology concepts to prepare for the tech needs of the 21st century. GCU's computer science degree programs help you explore high-volume data management, learn to develop innovative-based business plans or study gaming and simulation development.
Big Data Analytics
Develop the skills for retrieving information from large databases, analyzing trends in large volumes of data and making data-based complex decisions with this computer science degree.
This interdisciplinary computer science program integrates business topics (like accounting and economics) with technology concepts (like programming and IT project management).
Game and Simulation Development
Combining lecture and theory with practice and play, the curriculum in this BS in computer science explores gaming and simulation, artificial intelligence, graphics and operation systems.
Information Technology Bachelors Degree
Equipped with an information technology degree, you will possess an in-depth understanding of network platforms and technologies, information assurance and security, cloud-based computing, and service-oriented architecture. Your knowledge and analytical skills can improve enterprise systems by boosting performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Information Technology Degree
Want to enter the IT field? With GCU's information technology degree programs, you develop an applied research project, strengthening research, technical writing and business presentation skills.
BS in Cyber Security
Protecting and defending information is a priority for leaders in all types of organizations. With a BS in cyber security, you focus on cyber defense, cyber operations, cyber warfare and how these areas correlate.
What is the difference between an IT degree and computer science degree?
Our computer science programs prepare you to become skilled in computer software architecture, design and development. You will design and develop tools (e.g. software, operating systems, databases) for end users and IT professionals. Topics in the BS in computer science include algorithms, data structures, programming languages, software development and fundamentals of computing systems.
Our information technology degree prepares you to meet the business-driven technology needs of organizations. Combining business theory with technology, the information technology bachelors degree curriculum focuses on enterprise infrastructures (e.g. networks, servers, databases). You will learn to leverage leading edge technologies to store, protect, process and transmit data.
For more information, explore the STEM degrees offered at GCU.
What can you do with a computer science degree?
GCU's computer science programs prepare you to affect change in software development and big data analytics, corporate business and organizations, and video game development. Jobs for those with a BS in computer science include computer systems analyst, database programmer, computer programmer and software developer. The business entrepreneurship emphasis prepares you to become a computer and information systems manager, geospatial information technologist or web application developer. The game and simulation development emphasis produces graduates who are career-ready for video game development, special effects, computer modeling or software application development.
What can you do with an information technology degree?
With an information technology degree, you learn to apply technology solutions to manage and support an organization. You may pursue a career as an information technology manager, information security specialist, IT project manager, network support specialist, systems administrator or systems integrator. You may also seek a fast-growing IT-related career as database administrator, network and computer systems administrator or computer systems analyst. Other areas you may enter after completing an information technology degree include computer network architecture.