2019–2020 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program provides students with the skills, knowledge and proficiency to support, troubleshoot and design key elements of the information technology infrastructure—from websites to networks—in organizations ranging from business and government to healthcare, and many more. Students will be exposed to the essential skills needed to support the tactical technical operations of today’s global companies, as well as the insight and critical thinking required to analyze and effectively deploy forward-looking technologies. Students are expected to demonstrate computer and critical-thinking skills in order to succeed in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program. Courses within the major component of the curriculum are overarching by design and will prepare students for success.

This program applies the use of technologies and practices employed by numerous and diverse global organizations with emphasis on networking, security, programming and technology infrastructure. Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology possess a strong combination of technical skills, knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to support an organization’s technology infrastructure and the people who use it.

Within this curriculum, students have the option of choosing a concentration in:

  • Cybersecurity 

  • Data Analytics 

  • Data Management 

  • IT Project Management 

  • Networking 

  • Software Development 

Students enrolled in this program in Arkansas and Maryland must follow the program requirements in the catalog section applicable to their state. This program is not available at the New Jersey, North Carolina or Pennsylvania campuses and is available in an online-only format to New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania students.

Credits earned from Strayer University do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain information systems professions. General information about information systems licensure options is available from vendor-specific websites such as Microsoft, Project Management Institute, CompTia or EC-Council.

The university recognizes that the IT industry uses IT certifications as a means of vetting potential IT professionals in the fields of computer networks, database management, network security, technical support and more. Therefore, a number of carefully chosen courses have embedded IT certification training along with academic rigor in order to prepare students for being certified. Review the undergraduate-level CIS course descriptions in the course descriptions section of this catalog to determine which courses in this program have certification training availability and the requirements associated with each course. Certifications are the best means of validating a student's skills and knowledge.

Also available: an Associate in Arts in Information Technology and a Master of Science in Information Systems.



BUS 100Introduction to Business

BUS 375Project Management

CIS 106Introduction to Information Technology

CIS 109Introduction to Management Information Systems

CIS 110Computer Programming Design

CIS 111Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems

CIS 175Introduction to Networking

CIS 261Object-Oriented Computer Programming I

CIS 312Computer Architecture

CIS 333Networking Security Fundamentals

CIS 373Web Design and Development

CIS 376SQL Programming

CIS 498Information Technology Capstone

Total Credit Hours:58.5


Students must choose one of the concentrations listed to complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Total Credit Hours:18.0

General Education Core

WRK 100Preparing for the Future of Work

CIS 101Navigating a Digital World


CIS 105Introduction to Information Systems

COM 100Communication at Work


COM 101Effective Communication Skills

COM 200Communication: The Key to Working Together


COM 201The Power of Effective Speaking

ECO 110Taking Charge of Your Economic Future 

ENG 116Discover the Writer in You


ENG 115English Composition

ENG 201The Power of Persuasion 


ENG 215Research and Writing

MAT 110Using Math to Inform Your World


MAT 104Algebra with Applications

PHI 201Thinking it Through


PHI 210Critical Thinking

PSY 101Smarter Decisions through Psychology


PSY 105Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101The Story of Us: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration 


SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

Choose one from the following three courses

MAT 210Data-Driven Decisions

MAT 300Statistics

MAT 311Discrete Math

Choose one from the following three courses

HUM 201Exploring Cultures: Adapting in a Global World

HUM 111World Cultures I

HUM 112World Cultures II

Choose one from the following four courses

HIS 110U.S. History: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future

HIS 104American History to 1865

HIS 105American History after 1865

POL 110U.S. Government

Choose one from the following four courses

SCI 201Unlocking the Secrets of Science and Innovation 

SCI 110Introduction to Physical Science

SCI 115Introduction to Biology

SCI 200Environmental Science

Total Credit Hours:67.5


These courses are selected in consultation with the campus dean or associate campus dean, or student services coach; within this component it is possible for students to develop a minor in a second area of study (see Minors).

Total Credit Hours:36.0

Minimum Total Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 180.0

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 180.0

Concentration Requirements

Cybersecurity Concentration

CIS 332Network Server Administration I

SEC 420Perimeter Defense Techniques

SEC 435Network Penetration Testing

SEC 340Computer Forensic Technology

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Data Analytics Concentration

CIS 356Decision Support and Business Intelligence

CIS 362Data Analytics I

CIS 461Data Analytics II

CIS 429Data Warehouse Planning

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Data Management Concentration

CIS 424Database Administration I

CIS 428Database Administration II

CIS 429Data Warehouse Planning

CIS 437Cloud Architecture and Design

Total Credit Hours:18.0

IT Project Management Concentration

CIS 348Information Technology Project Management

BUS 377Managing Project Risk

BUS 419Project Estimating and Budgeting

CIS 443Agile Project Management

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Networking Concentration

CIS 332Network Server Administration I


CIS 411Advanced Routing

CIS 337Internetworking Basics

CIS 357Advanced Internetworking

CIS 401Network Server Administration II


CIS 413Internetworking Switching

Total Credit Hours:18.0

Software Development Concentration

CIS 242C++ Programming I


CIS 375Human-Computer Interaction

CIS 361Object Oriented Computer Programming II

CIS 406JAVA Programming I

CIS 407JAVA Programming II

Total Credit Hours:18.0
All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 180.0