Jun 13, 2021  
2020-2021 South University Academic Catalog Version II 
    
2020-2021 South University Academic Catalog Version II

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Specializations (BS)


Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Columbia; South University, Montgomery; South University, Online Programs; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; South University, Virginia Beach

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program focuses on preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in a variety of business settings. Case studies and hands-on lab projects can help students gain the communication skills, critical thinking and technical competencies required in the current technology-oriented workplace.

Building upon a strong set of Information Technology foundational courses, the program gives students the opportunity to choose one of three areas of specialization: Comprehensive, Cybersecurity or Management. The specialization options give students the ability to focus on a specific IT discipline of interest or to obtain a broader skill set across multiple IT disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program culminates in a capstone project that focuses on the student's overall course of study and allows the student the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills learned in real and simulated business situations.

The comprehensive specialization is intended for students who are interested in acquiring a broad skill set in essential IT disciplines. The comprehensive option covers the knowledge areas of database development and administration, information systems security, multimedia and web development, and network administration and management. This specialization is well suited for students who which to develop across-the-board IT competencies, are not set on any specific IT professional work role and seek the flexibility to pursue different IT career opportunities upon graduation.

The cybersecurity specialization targets a growing demand for IT experts specialized in cybersecurity, to operate, maintain, protect and defend the mission-critical assets of organizations. This specialization track is designed per the guidelines of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (CWF), a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education and workforce development. The program learning outcomes are mapped to the NICE CWF work categories, specialty areas, work roles, and knowledge areas, to achieve direct relevancy with cybersecurity jobs in demand. The program also aligns its learning outcomes with best practices from prominent professional certifications, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) ², and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) from EC-Council. Throughout the program, students combine theoretical and hands-on practice using a virtual-lab and cybersecurity resources, such as the IBM-cybersecurity technology suite.

The Information Technology Management specialization combines the development of essential IT skills (systems lifecycle management, networking, data management, and helpdesk administration), IT security skills, IT governance skills and IT operational skills, to enable the planning and implementation of reliable IT in an organization (planning of capacity, continuity, availability, and security.) This program will prepare students to exercise a leadership role within the IT department of an organization by being able to apply an IT-as-a-service approach in the planning and management of the IT infrastructure and services. 

Modern enterprises have expressed a growing need for professionals with Information Technology Management (IT Management) skills, due to the strategic role IT plays in today's organization. The role of the IT Manager has evolved from being merely a technology specialist, to being a custodian of the enterprise's IT infrastructure and resources, and a steward of IT governance and strategy. The IT Manager is also responsible for interpreting and implementing rules and regulations like Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and managing critical IT services for the enterprise at large, its partners, and its customers.

In addition to strong foundational course work focused on IT competencies, the program emphasizes the necessary management, business, and communication skills required for managing budgets, projects and IT operations. The program includes core and elective courses to help graduates build mastery in Industry Standards and prepare them for Industry Certifications:

  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis 
  • Certified Associate in Project management (CAPM) - PMI 
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) 
  • ISO20000 Information Technology Service Management 
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) 
  • NIST 800.xxx and ISO 2700x
  • ITIL, ISO 20000, COBIT
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSIT Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate clear, accurate and precise solutions to IT and discipline-specific problems.
  2. Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills in various organizational situations.
  3. Recognize and explain the societal, legal and ethical factors impact on individuals and organizations in various information technology contexts.
  4. Demonstrate attainment of IT and discipline-specific body-of-knowledge competencies, by defining concepts, recognizing applied usage, describing methodologies, determining governance and technical measures, and applying best practices effectively and accurately in all phases of the IT delivery lifecycle.

Comprehensive specialization graduates will also be able to:

  1. Analyze information technology problems and use current technical concepts and critical thinking skills to devise technical solutions.
  2. Use and apply current techniques, tools, and practices in the core IT areas to implement solutions to IT problems. These include the areas of networking, database technology, Web-based applications, human-computer interface, computer security, and software development.

Cybersecurity specialization graduates will also be able to:

  1. Assess cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities of information systems and infrastructures and analyze the cybersecurity risk impacts on enterprises.
  2. Design robust, layered controls to safeguard mission-critical assets of enterprises.

Management specialization graduates will also be able to:

  1. Articulate processes for procurement, funding, and other information technology value-chain applications.
  2. Devise processes and controls to achieve information systems compliance and alliance with the organization's strategic goals.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Specializations: 180 credits


Area I General Education Requirements: 48 credits


Professional Development


Basic Communications


Choose one additional course from the list below:

Mathematics and Statistics


Choose two additional courses from the list below:

Natural and Physical Sciences (choose one)


Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)


Area II Foundation Requirements: 52 credits


Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)


Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in the program across Areas I, II, III and IV. For example, if a course from the Area III Specialization group is completed, it cannot be used to meet an Elective requirement. Also, students should be sure to select elective courses for which they will have met the required prerequisites. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Area III Major Requirements: 80 credits


Select One Specialization: 48 credits


Note(s):


South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.