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BS in Information Technology



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The BS in Information Technology program examines the role of information technologies in the organization and empowers students as critical thinkers and effective social change agents by providing infrastructural solutions for information interchange and collaboration. The program prepares graduates for jobs they are likely to get after graduation and focuses on skills that are not as easy to outsource. Organizations need to have people in-house who can help the rest of the employees troubleshoot, take care of the network(s) and resolve issues, manage vendors, and assess risk. Students learn to implement social responsibility as they study IT to apply IT methodologies and practices.

The BS in Information Technology program focuses on information technologies in the context of a business. In addition to project management and sourcing, students will understand the rules, regulations, and standards of IT governance. And they will learn what to be aware of when helping to make decisions, such as quality standards, what’s professionally acceptable, and ethics.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.
  7. Evaluate the positive social change impacts of information technology on individuals, organizations, and society.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)


  1. Develop IT solutions to meet the needs of employers and communities in a global society.
  2. Implement IT projects to satisfy business needs within time, budget, and quality constraints.
  3. Collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders to meet user needs.
  4. Be employed in progressively more responsible positions in the IT field.
  5. Demonstrate ethical behavior as IT professionals.
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to the impact of technology on the individual, the organization, and society as an IT professional.
  7. Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the world of IT and IT‐related business practice.

Concentrations


Students must complete one of the following concentrations. For each concentration, all listed courses are required for the concentration.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education  courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (85 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (20 cr.)
  • Elective courses (20 cr.)
  • Capstone courses (10 cr.)

Curriculum


General Education Courses (46 cr.)


See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Concentration Courses (20 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (20 cr.)


Students are to select four additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education  courses, BS in Information Technology concentration courses, courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)  courses. Individual course prerequisites apply. These 20 credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective. 

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor . Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, students have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the BS in Information Technology program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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