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
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.
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||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.
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Grading and Transcripts
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 (57 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 (6 units)
- STAT 272 Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
Select one from (18 units):
- 7 competencies in Liberal Arts Minor
- 6 competencies in Small Business Administration Minor
- 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
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 advisor 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.)
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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