Bachelor of Science - Information Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree in Information Technology provides students with an applied approach that focuses on supporting end users in a variety of workplace settings by utilizing a range of computing technologies. The degree program gives students the tools to support computing infrastructures and the needs of individuals and organizations, write programs necessary to help them render their tasks more efficiently on their desktop or mobile devices, utilize databases and write the web-based interfaces to pull the data, and code and deploy applications across the cloud.
Graduates are qualified to work primarily in small to mid-size installations with local area networks, and are employed in all types of organizations using computing systems, working in such positions as network technicians, technical support specialist, help desk manager, LAN manager, project manager and database administrator.
The Information Technology major comprises the following concentrations:
- The Application Development concentration provides students with the ability to program in languages typically utilized in contemporary business environments. Students will code in applications such as Visual Basic, C++, Java, C# and other industry-standard applications to develop programs employing event-driven and object-oriented techniques.
- The Applied Computer Security and Forensics concentration places an emphasis on security of desktops and local area networks, which often includes forensic work to prevent and/or determine and correct security issues.
- The Health Information Technology concentration provides students with the tools to install, manage, troubleshoot and secure hardware and software systems in healthcare environments. The course of study includes health IT privacy, security, organizational behavior, medical business operations and regulatory requirements.
- The Integrated Information Technology concentration is ideal for students who want a flexible course of study for positions that require IT staff to perform a wide range of technical duties.
- The Internet/Multimedia concentration focuses on scripting, server-side form handling, web database integration, and interactive and dynamic multimedia Internet development.
- The Networking concentration focuses on configuring and maintaining local area networks in various network operating system environments. The emphasis is on entry-level network administration (i.e. managing active directory and network services), desktops, troubleshooting, installation and maintenance.
FULLY OFFERED AT:
- Ashtabula Campus
- East Liverpool Campus
- Geauga Campus
- Salem Campus
- Stark Campus
- Trumbull Campus
- Tuscarawas Campus
- Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg
The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.
Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses: Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.
English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE score, or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Identify and evaluate current technologies and assess their applicability to address individual and organizational needs
- Develop a product or process by applying knowledge of programming, web, digital media, database, human computer interaction, networking and security tools
- Perform end user support including identifying and implementing solutions to user requests
- Explain implementation, integration and maintenance for IT applications to a wide range of audiences
- Work in diverse project teams to develop and/or implement IT-based solutions
- Apply professional ethics in IT solutions
- Engage in continuous learning, as well as research and assess new ideas and information to provide the capabilities for lifelong learning