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Personalized Learning

Computer Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts

The program is designed to provide the foundational skills for continuous learning and to adapt to the fast changing information technology environment.  This program also includes competency-based and hands-on learning modules to enhance acquired business skills.  Parts of the curriculum are designed around highly valued certifications.  Students will also augment their IT skills with the social, verbal and intercultural business skills demanded by today’s work environments.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology?

This major is designed for students who are interested in beginning a new career or advancing a current one in the field of information technology.  The program provides students with hands-on experience in the latest technologies, skills and knowledge toward common IT certifications, and the communication and business skills necessary for career advancement.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Business Analyst
  • IT Project Manager
  • Technical Program Manager
  • Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Web Technician and Administrator
  • Software Technician

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • IT Manager/Director
  • Network Infrastructure Engineer
  • IT Security Engineer / Firewall Engineer
  • Enterprise Architect/IT
  • Senior Programmer
  • Technical Professor
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.


Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 34 competencies of liberal studies requirements equaling 35 units of coursework.
  • 11 competencies equaling 54 units of NAU major courses

  • 7 competencies of a minor in Liberal Arts equaling 18 units, or, 6 competencies of a minor in Small Business Administration equaling 18 units. A student transferring in a completed associate's degree is not required to do a minor.

  • 16 competencies in modern language courses equaling 16 units of NAU language courses. SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, are available through Personalized Learning; other modern languages may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Optional
Foreign Language Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1   Explore information technology foundations
    C.2   Examine data management and administration
    C.3   Examine IT business operations and leadership
    C.4   Examine information security and policy
    C.5   Examine enterprise architecture, network and telecommunications technology
    C.6   Explore software engineering and development
    C.7   Explore systems administration
    C.8   Examine business analysis and design
    C.9   Examine web-based systems and technologies
    C.10 Explore information technology: co-evolution with other philosophies
    C.11  Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project

  • Course Credit Earned (54 units)

    • BBA 305W  Effective Business Communications (3 units)
    • BBA 370  Administration of Information Technology Security and Assurance (3 units)
    • BBA 460  Emerging Technologies (3 units)
    • BBA 465C  Technology Management Project (3 units)
    • CIT 121  Foundations of Computer Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 127  Computer Information Technology I (3 units)
    • CIT 137  Computer Information Technology II (3 units)
    • CIT 213  Introduction to Programming for the Web (3 units)
    • CIT 221  Programming Fundamentals (3 units)
    • CIT 222  Business Systems Software Development (3 units)
    • CIT 250  Design and Analysis of Data Structure (3 units)
    • CIT 294  Technology Information Literacy (3 units)
    • CIT 311  Analysis, Design, and Modeling of Databases (3 units)
    • CIT 321  Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems (3 units)
    • CIT 341  Management and Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 361  Fundamentals of Information Technology and Project Management (3 units)
    • CIT 408  Fieldwork Experience (3 units)
    • STAT 272  Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
Minor Requirements
  • If you have completed an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Associate of Science (AS) degree you will have fulfilled all minor requirements for a Personalized Learning degree. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) will fulfill minor requirements for your degree except where precluded by degree program policy. The requirement is waived for students who transfer in 64 units from a regionally accredited institution.
Foreign Language Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your faculty mentor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Some courses have departmental prerequisites required of students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.

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