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Bachelor of Science Information Technology (BSIT)

Bachelor of Science Information Technology (BSIT)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program from a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on Information Technology. The program is designed to provide pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The program focuses on addressing business challenges in the 21st century globalized economy by solving complex business problems and creating new opportunities with technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve challenges through data analysis and the use of Information Technologies. The objective of Westcliff University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is to provide graduates with the technical acumen needed to solve business problems and innovate in order to remain competitive. 

 

BSIT Program Learning Outcomes

BSIT Program Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is to teach students core foundational aspects of information technology that will prepare graduates to be successful in a variety of information technology-related professions. The program empowers graduates with the technical acumen required to solve business problems through the use of information technology. Students also learn how to innovate by exploring new and emerging technologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology encourages students to achieve the following educational outcomes:

1
Evaluate current and emerging technologies.
2
Identify and gather user requirements to design user-friendly interfaces.
3
Apply, configure, and manage IT technologies.
4
Utilize data to help businesses gain insights to help them make better decisions.
5
Access IT impact on individuals, organization, and the environment.
6
Apply IT concepts and strategies to solve real world problems.
7
Conduct research in the field of information technology and related fields.

Program Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

    For acceptance into an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree program, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:

    High school diploma from a university-recognized high school with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA or university-recognized high school equivalency such as GED, TASC, or HiSET;

    OR

    High school diploma plus a previously earned Associate-level or higher degree from a nationally, regionally, or government-accredited college or university;

    OR

    High school diploma plus twenty-four (24) college-level credits (does not include remedial credits) from a nationally, regionally, or government-accredited college or university earned with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA;

    OR

    Approval from the Admissions Committee following a review of factors considered essential for academic success, including previous academic progress, non-academic achievements, and any additional information requested by the Committee as they relate to standards set by the University's governing bodies.

  • Graduation Requirements

    The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program consists of a program requirement of 120 credit hours, including 45 credits of Core Information Technology Courses, 30 credits of Concentration, 30 credits of Integrative Studies Courses, 6 credits of Core Business, 6 credits of Internship, and a 3 credit Capstone Course. 

    Students may complete their entire 120 credit Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program by taking all 45 credits of Core Information Technology Courses, 30 credits of Concentration, 30 credits of Integrative Studies Courses, 6 credits of Core Business and a 3 credit Capstone credits at Westcliff University. Alternatively, students may transfer up to 30 Integrative Studies credit hours to the University from another accredited school. In any option, 54 of the 60 Integrative Studies credit hours must have academic content. Please refer to the Transfer Credit and Course Waiver Policies for more detailed information and requirements.

    Students must apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.

  • Practical Learning Experience Requirements

    Westcliff University requires all students enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology to successfully complete an extracurricular practical learning experience Bachelor of Science in Information Technology are designed to prepare students for the workforce, and the knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum are directly applicable in the industries to which they are associated. Practical learning at Westcliff is a key component of the university’s approach to teaching, learning, and student success as these experiences reinforce what students are learning in the classroom and promote the relevant application of this content in a real-world context. This practice reflects Westcliff’s commitment to a practical and relevant education and the value of applied, experiential learning. Students who have this experience demonstrate a more successful transition into a new career or career advancement.

    Practical learning experiences are satisfied by the completion of an internship course. Internship courses are credit-bearing and are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. During each internship course, students engage in direct work experience relevant to their studies in addition to participating in the assigned classroom activities. Internship opportunities exist on- and off-campus. Off-campus internships require prior university approval, and F-1 students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in off-campus internships.

    Students are responsible for developing and demonstrating the skills necessary to be successful in an internship. In addition to industry knowledge, students should be prepared to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication (written, oral, and digital), and integrity while engaged in an internship. The faculty facilitating the internship courses assess these qualities and provide valuable feedback to students throughout the course.

Program Information

  • Required Courses

    Core Course Requirements

    DATA 100 Introduction to Data Analytics 3 Credit Hours

    DATA 200 Applied Statistical Analytics 3 Credit Hours

    DATA 210 Database Design & Analytics 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 100 Introduction to Technology 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 110 Technology and Systems 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 220 Information Security 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 250 Technical Documentation and Communication 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 300 Internet of Things (IoT) 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 310 Management of Information Systems 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 320 Authorization and Access Control Management 3 Credit Hours

    TECH 330 Emerging Technologies 3 Credit Hours

    MTH 150 Discrete Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

    NET 100 Introduction to Networking 3 Credit Hours

    NET 200 Network Routing and Switching 3 Credit Hours

    NET 300 Cloud Computing 3 Credit Hours

    Business Core

    LDR 302 Introduction to Leadership 3 Credit Hours

    LDR 303 Foundations in Operations Management 3 Credit Hours

    Capstone Course Requirement 3 Credit Hours

    CAP 490 Capstone Project 3 Credit Hours

    Integrative Studies Requirements 30 Credit Hours

    Communication Requirement (Choose 3 courses) 9 Credit Hours 

    Mathematics Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours 

    Humanities Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours 

    Social And Behavioral Sciences Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours 

    Physical & Biological Sciences Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours 

    Open Integrative Studies- Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours 

    Open Integrative Studies Upper Division Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours Integrative Studies Capstone Requirement (Choose 1 course) 3 Credit Hours

    Internship Requirement 1 Credit Hour (6 min.)

    INT 310 Undergraduate Internship* 1 Credit Hour 1 Credit Hours

  • Course Concentrations

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Areas of Concentration

     

    AR/VR Mobile Game Development - The Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Mobile Game Development concentration is designed to lead students in preparation for a certification in Unity game development. Topics include simple game design concepts and structure, AI and intelligent behavior in Unity, Unity game development fundamentals, and technologies associated with augmented and virtual reality systems.

    Cloud Computing - The Cloud Computing program is designed to provide students with a foundation in cloud computing technologies for business. This program is ideal for professionals who are interested in the field of cloud computing and who may have experience but do not have formal training. Students will learn technologies, processes, and management of systems including virtualization and storage, APIs and scripting, AWS and Azure, cloud security and disaster recovery, and strategic cloud implementation concepts for business applications.

    Cybersecurity - The Cybersecurity Concentration is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists and computer scientists in the field of computer systems and information technology security. The certificate program is presented in a detailed and innovative approach that examines a variety of computer systems security topics, including cybersecurity essentials and network security; communications security techniques such as cryptography, computer forensics, threats and detection; information security management, and a proactive approach to designing cybersecurity for emerging technologies. Security policies on privacy and legal issues are also presented. Upon completion, graduates can design and implement cybersecurity measures and strategies across several sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, research and development, education, banking and finance, and international business.

    Data Analytics - Provides an overview of quantitative methods essential for analyzing data, with an emphasis on business applications. Topics include identification of appropriate metrics and measurement methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, experimental design, parametric and non-parametric tests, simulation, and linear and logistic regression, categorical data analysis, and select unsupervised learning techniques. Standard and open-source statistical packages are used to apply techniques to real-world problems.

    IT Project Management - The IT Project Management program is designed to provide students with a foundation in IT Project management based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge and Project Management Professional certification. This program is ideal for professionals who are interested in the field of project management and who may have experience but do not have formal training. Students will learn common methodologies used by project managers today focusing on project integration, scope, time, cost, leadership, schedule, risk, quality, and communications management. Graduate students will complete one additional graduate level assignment in each course.

    Web Development - The Full Stack Coding Bootcamp offered by Westcliff University is a multidimensional concentration that bridges a path for students who want to pursue careers in the growing and exciting field of web development. The program focuses on creating dynamic and interactive experiences through a rigorous full stack coding curriculum. Students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills for front-end and back-end development, all while preparing them for success in the professional world.

     

  • Course Catalog and Student Handbook

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Application

    As a Westcliff student, you have access to a powerful network of support from staff, faculty, alumni, and many others who take pride in investing in you. Scholarships are made possible by generous benefactors who are passionate about supporting your success.

  • Scholarship Application Deadlines
    Semester Session Scholarship Deadline Start Date End Date
    FALL Session 1 07/29/22 Start: 8/29/22 End: 10/23/22
      Session 2   Start: 10/24/22 End: 12/18/22
    SPRING Session 3 12/03/22 Start: 01/03/23 End: 02/26/23
      Session 4   Start: 02/27/23 End: 04/23/23
    SUMMER Session 5 04/01/23 Start: 05/01/23 End: 06/25/23
      Session 6   Start: 06/26/23 End: 08/20/23
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