Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Offered By: College of Engineering and Technology

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.

$100,530

Annual median wage for computer and information technology occupations from 2022 to 20321

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This BSIT degree is offered through various formats at GCU, including online, in the evening and on campus. Our online format offers busy adult learners the opportunity to complete their degree without the physical commitment to in-person classes. Online learners also have access to online resources and support from knowledgeable faculty to aid them in their degree program.

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.

This bachelor’s degree in information technology may be a worthwhile investment for those looking to enter into the field of information technology. While it can prepare you with knowledge of many different areas of IT, it also can set you up for a potentially long-term career in the field. In May 2022, computer and information technology occupations had a median annual wage of $100,530, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

A BS in information technology degree such as this bachelor’s degree can be a great option for those who are new to entering the technology field. This degree can provide you with a foundation of knowledge of various areas of IT, setting you up to potentially explore and pursue different IT career opportunities upon graduation.

Those who look to go beyond undergraduate studies can also explore master’s-level degree options such as the Master of Science in Information Technology program to further their knowledge and position themselves for possible advancement in their career.

IT is a broad program of study; therefore, the subjects needed to earn a bachelor’s degree in information technology will depend on a student’s personality, interests and career goals. Some IT specialist jobs will require further knowledge of programming, robotics and information research subjects. While other IT specialist degrees offer subjects in multidisciplinary projects with electrical engineers, telecommunications and mechatronic engineering.

IT may be considered a complex and challenging field. However, the IT bachelor’s degree program may be achievable for many computing majors. If your goal is to make data available, accessible and understandable to non-IT employees, you may enjoy earning an IT degree.

With a bachelor’s degree in IT, you have the option of working in many different careers, such as studying and solving complex problems for business owners, science, medicine, federal government and other fields. IT professionals are needed in every facet of this technology-focused world.

An information technology degree most often refers to the use of computers to manage data for businesses and organizations. This four-year degree focuses on applying technology to solve business-related problems and trains students in the design and management of information systems. Students can gain a comprehensive understanding of how technologies are used and focus on applications of IT skills and knowledge.

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.

TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
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Online: 7 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
TUITION RATE:
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]
Online: $485 per credit [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
56 credits
Open Elective Credits:
24-30 credits
Degree Requirements:
120 credits

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.

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • 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

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • 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

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the role of computing technology within business and corporate environments. Introductions to concepts, terminologies, and a wide use of relevant daily software and tools relevant to any career in the information technology field. Topics include: Technology-integrated academics, digital networking concepts, systems administration and maintenance, information security, database and transactional systems, cloud technologies, scripting, and project management. Prerequisite: MAT-154 or MAT-261.

Course Description

This course exposes students to the fundamentals of networks and networking in IT. It then builds deeper understanding of how networks work, including the topics of LANs, WANs, service providers, packets, hubs, routers, switches, and Internet protocols. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on setting up and configuring local and enterprise networks, experimenting with various topologies, and scalability planning with routers and switches. Prerequisite: CST-111 or ITT-111 or CST-105 or acceptance into the bootcamp program.

Course Description

This course introduces students to system administration and maintenance as well as platform technologies. The course surveys operating systems, applications, administrative activities and domains, computer architecture and organization, and computing infrastructures. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on developing practical skills in configuring computer systems, deploying enterprise applications, managing user permissions, and remote administration. Prerequisite: ITT-116.

Course Description

This course focuses on advanced router and switch configuration for use in large and enterprise networks. Topics include dynamic routing, network security and access control, network address translation, wide area network implementations, virtualization, management, design, troubleshooting and automation. Implementation and troubleshooting of advanced routing technologies and services including Layer 3 VPN, Infrastructure security, and infrastructure services. Prerequisite: ITT-116.

Course Description

This course builds upon knowledge already acquired in the areas of system architecture and operating systems and focuses on the core issues of information security. Students learn fundamental concepts of information security including data encryption, security awareness, legal and ethical issues, operational issues, security policies, and attack types; while expanding on the coverage to include security domains, forensics, security services, threat analysis, and vulnerabilities assessments. Prerequisite: ITT-120, or ITT-121 or CST-125 or CST-126 or CST-220 or CST-221 or acceptance into the bootcamp program.

Course Description

This course examines the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of relational database structures. Emphasis is on appropriate application and implementation. Prerequisite: BIT-200 or BIT-205 or CST-110, or CST-111 or CST-105 or ITT-111.

Course Description

This course is focused on Linux server administration and maintenance within a corporate networking context. In addition to server installation, students will learn configuration and troubleshooting along with a variety of command-line and Graphical User Interface utilities and applications. Prerequisite: ITT-121.

Course Description

This course merges the advanced corporate infrastructure skills with emerging technologies that streamline how computing and network resources are accessed and utilized. Concepts in this course include wireless and mobile networking, telephone, Internet of Things (IOT), and the infrastructures required to build and maintain elastic systems and communications availability. Prerequisite: ITT-216.

Course Description

This course is focused on enterprise cloud computing solutions, including migrations strategies for applications, strategies, workflows, and systems. Students develop the skills necessary to analyze, recommend, and implement multiple-vendor cloud solutions. Prerequisite: ITT-221.

Course Description

This course covers the design, management, and maintenance of virtual enterprise and datacenter infrastructure. Students learn to use appropriate tools such as request tracking, monitoring, configuration management, virtualization, and scripting to administer and defend systems using documented, repeatable processes. Emphasis will be placed on volume management, directory services, and network-based authentication and file systems. Students develop automatic procedures for installations and file distribution. Prerequisites: MAT-154 and ITT-307.

Course Description

This course covers the characteristics of object-relational and NoSQL databases and their application in business. The course also focuses on the main principles of object-oriented, object-relational, and NoSQL databases, and their relative advantages. Students gain working knowledge of object-relational features as implemented in standard SQL database management systems. Students also learn to manage unstructured and semi-structured data with XML. Prerequisite: SYM-400.

Course Description

This course examines various areas of information technology project management. Traditional and agile project management topics are covered with specific focus on information technology projects. A project management software scheduling tool is also used in the course. Prerequisite: BIT-200, BIT-205, CST-111 or ITT-111.

Course Description

In this course, students apply the knowledge and skills used in previous courses to develop an IT Project proposal required for new innovative process. The course builds on the knowledge gathered during student’s journey through IT program. It gives them the ability to work on an emerging IT project while gathering very practical experience. This involves critiquing the current scope of IT and use a practical research approach to construct the project proposal. The students will be required to develop project components such as vision, budget, risk management, and timeline. Project teams will be assigned and throughout the semester, these teams present ideas to both peers and the instructor, who provide feedback and insight into what it takes build a successful project. Students will be required to work on a complex and real-life problem related to IT studies. In doing so, the Capstone makes the link between the academic discourse and the world thereafter. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ITT-430 or ITT-415.

Course Description

This course provides an insight into professional communications and conduct associated with careers in science, engineering and technology. Students learn about the changing modes of communication in these disciplines recognizing the advances in digital communications. They gain practical experience developing and supporting a thesis or position through written, oral, and visual presentations prepared and delivered individually and in groups. Students will explore concepts and issues in professional ethics and conduct such as privacy, discrimination, workplace etiquette, cyber-ethics, network and data security, identity theft, ownership rights and intellectual property. This is a writing intensive course.

Locations

GCU Campus Student


Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student


Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* 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.

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