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Bachelor of Science Information Technology (BSIT)

Bachelor of Science Information Technology (BSIT)

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program taught 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 students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve challenges through data analysis and the use of Information Technology.

Mission Statement

The BSIT (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program that offers pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The program focuses on addressing business challenges and creating new opportunities with technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve business challenges through data analysis using Information Technology. The objective of Westcliff University’s BSIT program is to produce graduates who can utilize Information Technology to carry out data analysis and solve business problems.

 

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 business 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 problem.
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; 112

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    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.

    Integrative Studies

    The Integrative Studies courses at Westcliff are structured to provide a coherent, integrative introduction to the breadth of knowledge students will need to help them develop intellectual skills that will enhance their professional, civic, and personal life for years to come. Students will learn how to analyze the world around them from different perspectives, how to communicate their ideas and understand the ideas of others, how to solve problems, and how to apply their knowledge to real-world projects.

    Westcliff University offers 19 Integrative Studies courses, which students may take to fulfill the 30 credit hours requirement.

  • 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 Business Courses, 30 credits of Integrative Studies Courses, 12 credit Elective Courses, and a 3 credit Capstone Course.

    Students may complete their entire 120 credit Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program by taking all 45 Information Technology, 30 Integrative Studies, 30 Core Business, 12 Elective, and 3 Capstone credits at Westcliff University. Alternatively, students may transfer up to 30 Integrative Studies credit hours to the University from another accredited school. Students may be granted course waivers for a maximum of 30 credit hours of the required Core Business Courses. 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

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Core Courses

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    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 Courses

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    LDR 325

    Introduction to Leadership

    3 credit hours

    LDR 349

    Foundations in Operations Management

    3 credit hours

     

    Capstone Core Course

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    CAP 490

    Capstone Project                    

    3 credit hours

  • Course Concentrations

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Areas of Concentration

    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.

    Web Development - The Full Stack Coding Bootcamp concentration offered by Westcliff University is a multidimensional certificate program 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 07/31/21 Start: 8/30/21 End: 10/24/21
      Session 2 09/25/21 Start: 10/25/21 End: 12/19/21
    SPRING Session 3 12/04/21 Start: 01/03/22 End: 02/27/22
      Session 4 01/29/22 Start: 02/28/22 End: 04/24/22
    SUMMER Session 5 04/02/22 Start: 05/02/22 End: 06/26/22
      Session 6 05/28/22 Start: 06/27/22 End: 08/21/22
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