Online & Education Innovation2017-2018
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.
- 8 competencies of liberal studies requirements equaling 35 units of coursework
- 11 competencies equaling 54-57 units of NAU major courses
- 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|
|Mathematics Required||MATH 115|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
The mission of the NAU Personalized Learning Bachelor of Administration in Computer Information Technology (PL CIT) is to prepare our students to be well-rounded technologist and leaders in the multi-faceted information technology industry. We are fully committed to provide the industry and community with highly skilled technologist that are culturally diverse and with high foundational skills for continuous learning. We teach our students to adapt to the high-paced and fast changing information technology environment and prepare our student for the realities of the workplace by integrating business intelligence and strategies to our program. The PL CIT degree program is technologically enhanced and is highly immersed with learning opportunities and experiences, hands-on learning modalities, filed simulations, and field experiences. The Computer Information Technology program teaches our student value, integrity, innovation, leadership, and provides an expansive exploration of emerging technologies in the field of information by providing an open and collaborative learning environment. The Computer Information Technology program leverages prior learning and provides the facilities and activities to enhance and improved existing experiences.
Student Learning Outcomes
Computer Information Technology Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to:
- Explore Information Technology Foundations: Demonstrate knowledge of market trends and innovative technology in this fast changing technology industry and its many specialty areas and the graduate will develop a clear understanding of Information Technology
- Examine Data Management and Administration: Demonstrate the ability to manage the dissemination of information via different formats, including data types, storage, archiving, and retrieval systems, applying common compliant data models/standards to meet the sophisticated demand for data organization and manipulation
- Examine IT Business Operations and Leadership: Demonstrate acquired knowledge to translate business problems into responsive solutions through leadership and by managing business assets and resources utilizing performance indicators, organizational behavior and project management
- Examine Information Security and Policy: Demonstrates extensive knowledge in the design, implementation and management that assure the security of business environments, including basic principles and best practices in information security
- Examine Enterprise Architecture, Network and Telecommunications Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of a comprehensive IT framework to manage systems and have the ability to align IT strategies to support the organization’s mission critical goals and structure; demonstrate a balance coverage of the technical and managerial aspects of network and data communications
- Explore Software Engineering and Development: Demonstrate formative skills in integrating and transforming business perspectives and processes to software technology
- Explore Systems Administration: Demonstrate the ability to coordinate the installation, testing, and operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems; perform basic competencies in managing computing resources and implementing policies, principles, and best practices that are integral elements of operating environment
- Examine Business Analysis and Design: Demonstrate an understanding of information technology and its business processes and strategies
- Examine Web-based Systems and Technologies: Demonstrate knowledge in the fundamentals of web technologies and Internet standards relative to web technology development, i.e., organizational implications
- Explore Information Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of computing approaches affecting new technologies in education and biological processes; demonstrate knowledge in developing and applying computational techniques to education and informatics
- Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project: Demonstrate that the student has achieved the learning goals as established by the Computer Information Technology degree program by applying theories, concepts, skills, and knowledge
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 (54 - 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)
- 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 490C Computer Information Technology Capstone (3 units)
- PLD 450 Applied Project (3 units)
- STAT 272 Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
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.
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.)
- 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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