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Advance your career with a B.S. in Computer Info Technology

A degree in IT focuses on computer skills that are relevant in today's rapidly changing IT field. CCU's online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology (CIT) degree equips students with both technical skills and business knowledge to take computer technology and put it to use in commercial environments to aid a company, non-profit, or governmental organization in its decision making processes. The information technology courses focus on applications, solving and improving processes with computer technology, the basics of computer information systems, and general system use.

This online CIT degree offers an optional emphasis in one of the following areas: Cyber Security, Database Management, Data Engineering, Networking, or System Analyst.

Program Focus

Computer programming, computer networking, database development and administration, software development, operating systems, software and application design, and computer information security

In addition to gaining technical mastery, the Computer Information Technology bachelor's degree program will equip you with a core business education taught from a Christ-centered perspective. This perspective enables you to demonstrate excellence in your workplace and life. With these skills, you will be prepared for careers in areas such as computer programming, network design and management, technical support, application development, and information securities, as well as other emerging technical fields.

Our graduates have gone onto entry-level careers as:

  • IT professionals
  • Software developers
  • Computer programmers
  • Computer network architects
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Telecommunications
  • Computer support specialists
  • Database administrators
  • Information security analysts

CIT Emphases

Computer information technology degrees are among the most marketable offered today. To give you the most focused education for your interest within IT, CCU offers five different emphases to fine-tune your specialization. You will be required to choose one when enrolled in our information technology program.

Cyber Security Emphasis

Cyber security is an emerging field with significant opportunities for career growth. CCU's Computer Information Technology degree focuses on the necessary policy and governance skills to stop cyber-attacks, including prevention techniques and offensive skills training. You will learn the value of protecting personal and confidential information and how to address related challenges as a technology professional.

This emphasis introduces concepts such as cryptography, security engineering, and various aspects of the modern-day computing environment. You will learn skills such as analysis, communication, evaluation, recovery, detection, and the application of principles used to secure technical operations that are at risk or threatened. The coursework helps prepare you to work on the front lines of cyber and network security and provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of working in technology security.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in Computer Information Technology with an emphasis in Cyber Security can transfer their graduate-level cyber security coursework to the Master of Science in Cyber Security or the MBA with an emphasis in Cyber Security. They may also apply for the graduate certificate in Cyber Policy.

Database Management Emphasis

The Computer Information Technology online degree with a Database emphasis will empower you with a computer skill set relevant to today's IT field. The program explores the design, development, and administration of both standard and unique databases, but it also includes computer programming, software and application design, network systems analysis, design, and management, and computer information security for a well-rounded IT knowledge base. You will actively learn how to meet business and communication needs utilizing best computing practices.

Data Engineering Emphasis

The Data Engineering emphasis has as its focus the creation of large database systems usable by all stakeholders, especially data scientists. This emphasis combines big data and data science with programming, web development, and traditional and open-source databases to provide a holistic approach to understanding the opportunities available through the associations, patterns, and trends that can be found in extremely large data sets.

Networking Emphasis

The Networking emphasis will offer you a focus on "networking as a technical discipline." This emphasis combines networking with programming and databases to provide you with a holistic approach to computer information technology. The Networking emphasis will challenge you academically and intellectually with hands-on experimentation in networking and networking design. This approach will also equip you to influence the technical world at the network level while being able to converse with software and data engineers to provide robust solutions to complex technical issues.

System Analyst Emphasis

The System Analyst emphasis has as its focus the creation of system solutions using the tools of analysis and technology to fulfill the needs of the stakeholders. This emphasis combines the development of critical thinking, behavior of people and systems within a programming environment, and the benefits of databases to provide a holistic approach to the field of systems analysis.

CIT Learning Objectives*
You'll LearnSoftwareEmphases
Reporting, data analysisTableau, Rstudio, WhereScape 3DData Engineering, Database Management
Comparative analysis of relational and non-relational databases

Relational Databases: Microsoft SQL Server 2017, MySQL, Postgres SQL, Oracle

Non-Relational Databases: MongoDB, Hbase, Redis, Neo4j, Riak, and CouchDB

Data Engineering, Database Management
Data warehousing Hadoop, WhereScape RedData Engineering
GUI manipulation of databasesMySQL Workbench, MS Management Studio, dbvisualizer, PyMongo, MongoDB Compass, SQL Server tools 2017, SQL Developer-OracleData Engineering, Database Management
UML, Network Diagrams, Mind Maps, Requirements ManagementVisual Paradigm StandardData Engineering, Database Management, Networking, System Analyst
ProgrammingPython, PyCharm, Netbeans, Visual Studio Community Edition, JAVA, C#, C++, Web Development, Open SourceData Engineering, Database Management, Networking, System Analyst
Project management, waterfall and agile methodologies, software and database development life cycleSprintometer, ProjectLibre, KanboardData Engineering, Database Management, Networking, System Analyst
Web developmentHTML-5, HTML-KIT, JavaScript, ASP.NET, IIS, XHTML, XML, PHP, CSS, Graphvis, Pathalizer, PHP MyadminData Engineering, Database Management, Networking, System Analyst

*Topics, technologies, and programming languages covered are subject to change due to rapidly evolving industry trends.

State Exclusions for Online Students

Colorado Christian University is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws regarding where we can offer distance and/or online education. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with some exceptions for specific academic programs.

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