Earn an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (BSIT)
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Grand Canyon University prepares program graduates to find careers in the field of information technology. The IT industry is rapidly expanding making this BSIT program a crucial part in future technologists’ training.
This online IT degree program is transfer-friendly and was designed for traditional, online and evening cohort students. Graduates of the program:
- 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.
GCU’s online bachelor's degree in information technology includes hands-on, technology-centered coursework in:
- Platform technologies
- Information assurance
- Security and management
- Programming fundamentals
- Cloud computing
- Data centers
- Web systems and technologies
Students accepted to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree 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.
What Will You Learn in GCU’s Online IT Degree?
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree will be able 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 programming as a key component of their bachelor’s degree coursework. They can create and execute functions in several types of programming languages. In addition, BS in IT students learn excellent communications in order to support the decision-making process in any organization. They learn to advise on the right technology to meet company and business needs.
Students in the information technology degree program also learn about and gain hands-on lab experience in:
- Platforms and network technologies
- Object-oriented programming for business
- Cloud-based computing and systems
- Service-oriented architecture for big data
- IT business case planning for global enterprise
- Security-driven systems administration
What Can You Do With an Information Technology Degree?
Graduates of this campus or online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program may find many opportunities ahead of them.
With this degree, graduates may go on to pursue as careers as:
- Information systems managers
- Information security specialists
- IT project managers
- Network support specialists
- Systems programmers
- IT instructors
- System integrators
- Software developers
- Database administrators
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 Science, Engineering and Technology to prepare for your career in IT.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree FAQs
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts.
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.