Bachelor of Applied Science: Information Technology

Every day, technology secures a more prominent place in our daily lives. So, it's no surprise that IT professionals are among the most in-demand employees. With a career-oriented curriculum covering everything from computer maintenance to development and data mining, eVersity can open doors to a wide range of opportunities in information technology.

Career Highlights

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37% - much faster than average. 

Potential Occupations

  • Computer Programmer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer System Analyst

Earning Potential

Annual median wages begin at $72,000. -U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Curriculum

Major

Computer Networking

  • NTWR 1003: Networking Essentials
    Provides the basic knowledge and skills to implement a simple local area network, including the OSI and TCP/IP network models, topologies, transmission media, network devices, Ethernet technologies, IP addressing, and subnets.
  • NTWR 2003: Networking II
    Provides advanced knowledge of routers. Emphasis is placed on subnets, routing protocols and access list. Also developing systems from inception.
  • NTWR 2103: Network Defense
    Analyzes security threats to modern networks and the methods used to secure networks against these threats. Topics include the setup and maintenance of boundary barriers; securing device access; using authentication, authorization, and accounting systems; implementing firewall technologies; implementing intrusion prevention systems; the use of cryptographic systems; implementing and securing remote access; and the continuing management requirements of maintaining a secure network.

Computer Science

  • CPSI 1003: Intro to Computers
    Introduction to Computers introduces students to computer hardware, software applications, and procedures applied to academic and career success. It provides an introduction to Windows, Internet, electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation software.
  • CPSI 1103: Computer Maintenance
    This course is designed to prepare students in the area of computer support services. Lecture and hands-on training will include computer diagnostics and repair, windows operating system troubleshooting, printer and peripheral device diagnosis and repair, desktop security topics, virus recognition and removal concepts. Customer service and professionalism will also be emphasized.
  • CPSI 1203: Database Foundations
    Introduces database design, management concepts, and theory including foundational methodologies in database creation and manipulation techniques.
  • CPSI 1403: Operating Systems I
    Introduction of how operating systems work and examines the building blocks of all modern operating systems including processes, threads, file systems, input/output, memory architecture and memory management, buses, storage devices, graphics subsystems, and security. Specific examples of mobile and personal computer operating systems will be used to illustrate the concepts.
  • CPSI 1413: Foundations of Programming
    Introduces the fundamental techniques of programming needed for a foundation for more advanced study in information technology and computer science. Considerable attention is devoted to developing effective software engineering practice, algorithm design, decomposition, procedural abstraction, testing, and software reuse.
  • CPSI 2103: Foundations of Information Assurance
    Presents an in-depth orientation the fundamentals of computer system security. Topics include monitoring, incident response, forensic analysis, hardware and software security, network security and encryption.
  • CPSI 2403: Operating Systems II
    Explores basic and advanced network administrative techniques valuable for network managers, PC support personnel, programmers, and system and network administrators. Students will install local area network software using PC compatible microcomputers and learn to administer a network.
  • CPSI 2413: Programming II
    Advanced programming techniques and concepts are presented to include programming paradigms, object-oriented programming, exception handling, graphical user interfaces, and event-driven programming.
  • CPSI 2513: Web Analytics
    This course is an advanced study of how businesses and organizations may use technology to measure website traffic, enhance business presence, and conduct market research.
  • CPSI 2613: Web Content Management Systems
    An overview of Web Development Software. Topics include Web page creation and Web site management, and the creation, revision, and enhancement of Web pages with links, graphics, tables, and forms via a variety of authoring tools. This course will also cover planning, building, promoting and maintaining a professional Web site using the software packages available.
  • CPSI 3013: Systems Analysis and Design
    Examines the modern techniques and methodologies needed to plan, analyze, design and implement a computer based system are examined.
  • CPSI 3203: Data Mining
    Introduction to the use of large data sets including terminology, algorithms, methodologies, software, limitations, implications, and current trends.
  • CPSI 3303: Data Analytics
    Introduces current trends and research on data science with emphasis on algorithm design and systems for large-scale advanced data analysis.
  • CPSI 4003: Computer Forensics
    Examines techniques and procedures to obtain evidence from a computer, network messages and logs. Topics include the preservation of data and evidentiary chain, legal aspects of the search and seizure of computers and related equipment/information. An introduction to different types of computer and networking architectures, characteristics of storage of modern computer architectures. Cybercrimes recognized internationally and by the United States will be introduced, along with the unique laws pertaining to them.
  • CPSI 4023: Information Systems Management
    Examines techniques for IT management, stakeholders and project team interactions to keep the worker informed and a productive team member, as well as appreciate the management perspective.
  • CPSI 4113: IT Security Cryptography
    Examines theoretical foundation and practical applications of cryptography. Topics introduced are protocol generation and design, the symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic approaches, hash ciphers, functions and challenges to formulate in an adversarial environment.
  • CPSI 4123: Legal Issues in Information Technology
    Introduction to social, legal, and ethical issues in computing and technology. Students will be introduced to privacy issues, information issues of trust in computers, computer crime, issues on the impact and control of computers, and issues of professional responsibility and ethics.

Mathematics

  • MATH 2103: Statistics
    Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques and methods in business are taught. Topics include qualitative data analysis, frequency distributions, numerical methods, data dispersions, variance analysis, estimation theory, sampling distributions, discrete and continuous probability distributions, hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation.

Core

eVersity Engage

  • EVSY 1001: eVersity Engage
    This course includes an introduction to online learning and the eVersity learning management system, financial literacy, college readiness and English and math skills assessment, eVersity resources and success initiatives, academic advising, and other relevant information.

Biology

  • BIOL 1004: Life Science I
    This course covers the process and method of science applied to understanding biological concepts at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and community levels. The emphasis of this course will be on biological diversity in major groups of living organisms and ecology. The course includes a lab.
  • BIOL 1104: Life Science II
    This course stresses human systems, with applications to contemporary issues in human health and the environment. The scientific method and social applications of scientific information related to human issues are emphasized. The course includes a lab.

Economics

  • ECON 2103: Macroeconomics
    A study of economic principles at the macroeconomic level, including national output, the price level, unemployment, money, and the banking system and the government’s effect on general business conditions.

English

  • ENGL 1013: English Composition I
    Writing course stressing reading skills as a basis for effective writing and argument. Includes developmental reading and writing instruction.
  • ENGL 2023: Technical Writing
    Practice in preparing reports, letters, articles, web pages, and other forms of writing used in a variety of companies and organizations.

Mathematics

  • MATH 1113: Quantitative Literacy
    The overarching goal of Quantitative Literacy is to provide students with mathematical understandings and skills to be productive workers, discerning consumers, and informed citizens. Students will solve problems using mathematical reasoning involving logic, proportions, algebra, and relations.

Philosophy

  • PHIL 1003: Logic and Critical Thinking
    An introduction to reasoning and thinking skills applicable to any field. Focus on recognition informal fallacies and the nature and use of arguments.
  • PHIL 2003: Professional Ethics
    A survey of ethical systems with an examination of how such systems can be applied to business, medical, legal, environmental, and personal issues.

Political Science

  • PLSC 2003: US Government and Society
    Constitutional principles, political parties, public opinion, civil rights, organization and functions of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches and their relationship to modern society.

Psychology

  • PSYC 1103: Intro to Psychology
    An introduction to the field of Psychology, including the investigation of the biological bases of behavior; learning and cognitive processes; developmental and social psychology; and personality, psychopathology, and the treatment of psychological disorders. Students will be expected to complete a research requirement.

Sociology

  • SOCI 1013: Intro to Sociology
    An introduction to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.

Electives 

In addition to the courses listed above, students seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology will also complete 21 elective hours. 

The eVersity Difference

Balanced Schedule

By focusing on one course at a time, for six weeks, and taking a week off before starting the next course, you can easily clock out of your job and log in to your career. With seven start dates per year, back to school can happen in any season.

Affordable Quality

As a not-for-profit institution, we work hard to keep our operating costs low so we can keep your tuition low. In fact, we offer one of the lowest per-credit-hour tuition costs in the U.S. Where we invest our resources is in your education. Our University of Arkansas System faculty have a wealth of experience specializing in our areas of study.

Transferable Credits

We accept college-level courses in transfer from all accredited colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Appropriate college-level credit earned at international universities may also be eligible for transfer. Talk to an enrollment specialist for details.

Ready to rethink college?

Obtaining a college degree is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself. If you're not sure that the benefits outweigh the costs, consider this: studies have shown that people who obtain a college degree earn approximately $1 million more in their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. College graduates also have a lower unemployment rate — 2.8% compared to the nation's overall rate of 5.7%. 

From affordable tuition to career-ready degrees, eVersity has been designed for your success. Get started towards the future you deserve.

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