Earning an IT degree could help you make an impact in our increasingly plugged-in world—whether you’re interested in cloud computing, cyber security, systems management, or another area of the fast-growing information technology field. A bachelor’s degree is a common entry-level requirement for career paths in IT and could also lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning in this dynamic discipline.
- What is Information Technology?
- What Careers Can I Do with an IT Degree?
- Curriculum and Degree Requirements
- Admission Requirements
Information technology (IT) is the theory and practice of using technology to work with data, which allows organizations to accomplish goals and solve problems. Simply put, IT centers on helping businesses run smoothly, get work done, and protect sensitive information. So, IT touches virtually every industry—from finance to education to healthcare. Whether it is programming driverless cars, diagnosing diseases, or shipping products to customers around the globe, IT plays a critical role in advancing how we live, work, and play.
A common misconception is that IT and computer science are the same things. While there is overlap between IT and computer science, computer science dives into technology's theoretical side. Computer science focuses on using math and engineering principles to design new technology solutions, while IT focuses on implementing solutions to achieve business goals.
Another misconception is that IT is only tech support. Although tech support is a function of the field, IT is much more than just fixing computer troubles. It’s actually comprised of many areas, including:
- Helping organizations plan strategically to make sure they have the IT resources they need
- Setting up and servicing hardware like routers, servers, phone systems, and computers
- Managing and maintaining IT networks to ensure high performance and quality of service
- Detecting, preventing, and responding to cyber threats like phishing attacks and malware
Typically, IT pros need to have business smarts as well as a knack for the systems that enable organizations to run. They’re the backbone of companies large and small, using their technology expertise to tackle real-world problems.
There is a growing need for qualified IT professionals. Jobs in this field are projected to increase 13 percent from 2020 to 2030. Much of this growth is because more organizations have embraced advances like cloud computing and big data. In addition, information security has become a mounting concern, and IT professionals may be needed to protect sensitive information and stop hackers in their tracks.
Earning an undergraduate degree from University of the Cumberlands’ School of Computer and Information Sciences gives you a solid IT base to earn certifications, do post-graduate work, or pursue career paths like:
- Computer and Information Systems Manager
- Computer and Information Research Scientist
- Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Computer Network Architect
- Information Security Analyst
- Computer Network Support Specialist
- Software Developer
- Web Developer
- Computer Programmer
IT professionals can also work in a wide range of industries, since almost every business relies on information technology. For instance, some of the most popular industries for network and computer systems administrators include computer systems design, educational services, and finance and insurance.
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At UC’s School of Computer and Information Sciences, our bachelor’s degree program in Information Technology Sciences (ITS) is designed to prepare you for opportunities in an ever-changing professional landscape. We focus on several key areas:
- Artificial Intelligence: As the use of artificial intelligence expands, businesses may seek experts with advanced knowledge of AI and its applications in business.
- Cyber Security*: Most organizations have sensitive data, like financial records and client information. Understanding cyber security is essential to keeping that data out of the wrong hands. You’ll learn how to protect systems, networks, and programs from malicious attacks.
- Data Science: Businesses need experts with the advanced capability to extract knowledge from large data sets in order to gain insights in a wide array of disciplines. Data science builds skills in information visualization, data integration, graphic design, and communication.
- Gaming: Take your information technology skills to the world of computer gaming. You will learn basics of game development, UX design, development of games to influence learning and intricate multi-user networked games.
- Infrastructure: Infrastructure includes all the components that enable IT to run. Think hardware, software, networks, and network services. You’ll learn how these components work together to help organizations achieve their goals.
- IT Management: Running IT systems in an organization calls for diligent planning and monitoring. IT management involves understanding a business’s needs to determine what technology to implement, as well as making sure all systems work efficiently, reliably, and securely.
- Software Engineering: Software engineers use engineering principles to plan and design programs. They need knowledge of programming, as well as business and management skills, to guide a software development team.
In addition, our program offers a comprehensive overview of the IT field. You’ll dive into the workings of modern technology, networking, business intelligence, and strategies for professional communication. You’ll also learn what it takes to keep computing resources safe by developing and implementing security policies, creating disaster prevention and recovery plans, and more.
Program requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Information Technology Science include:
- 36 semester hours of core courses, such as Application Software, Hardware, and Web Design
- 6 semester hours of ITS electives
- To pursue a concentration in Infrastructure, IT Management, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, or Gaming you must complete 18 semester hours in your concentration area
Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.
In order to be considered for admission to this program, click here to view the undergraduate, on-campus admissions information.
Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information.
In addition to the overall institutional accreditation statement above, UC has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are just over 200 universities nationwide with CAE-CD designation, and only two other universities in Kentucky included in this elite group.
Click here to view a list of the information technology faculty.