Prepare to Enter the Information Technology Industry
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Grand Canyon University can prepare you for a career in the field of information technology. The IT industry is growing at a faster than average rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates computer and information technology occupations to grow at a much faster rate than all other occupations from 2022 to 2023, accounting for an estimated increase of 377,500 job openings in the field.2 This growth makes programs such as this BSIT degree important to the future of the industry.
This IT degree is transfer-friendly and was designed for traditional, online and evening cohort students. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to:
- Acquire skills in multiple areas of IT for entry-level positions
- Learn new skills with the goal to enter the field or re-career
- Develop a portfolio of projects to strengthen job candidacy
Students should have a working knowledge of algebra and be comfortable using common office software. In addition, some tech certifications may be applied toward the degree program for eligible students.
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology Course Topics
Graduates with a BS in Information Technology will be taught to use technology to solve problems within an organization. They know how to deploy, configure and manage local technology and cloud-based applications. They use their technology knowledge to analyze and improve the use of current tools and platforms.
BSIT grads learn scripting as a key component of their bachelor’s degree coursework. They can create and execute functions in several types of scripting languages. In addition, information technology degree students are taught communications skills in order to support the decision-making process in any organization. They are taught to advise on the right technology to meet company and business needs.
Lab Courses Provide Opportunities for Hands-On Experience
GCU’s online bachelor's degree in information technology includes hands-on, technology-centered coursework. Students in the information technology degree program can gain hands-on experience in:
- Windows and Windows Server administration
- Linux and Linux Server administration
- Corporate and Enterprise networking
- Database architecture and administration
- Cloud-based computing and systems
- Security-driven systems administration
Career Paths for Bachelor’s Degree in IT Graduates
Graduates of this IT degree program may find many opportunities ahead of them.
With this degree, graduates may go on to pursue careers as:
- Information security analysts
- Software quality assurance analysts and testers
- Data scientists
- Software developers
- Database architects
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree FAQs
Read through some of the most frequently asked questions to learn more about earning your degree in information technology and pursuing a career in IT.
If you are passionate about building a future in technology, a degree in IT and cybersecurity could be the perfect match for you. Learn about other STEM degrees offered by GCU’s College of Engineering and Technology and start planning your career in IT by filling out the form on this page.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Computer and Information Technology Occupations, as of May 2022, retrieved on Sept. 15, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates in computer and information technology occupations. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, retrieved on Sept. 15, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.