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Information Technology

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is designed to produce academically sound and functionally competent IT professionals who can build and deploy networks, databases, web properties, and other IT-related assets. Core programming skills along with problem-solving skills and techniques are offered to help bring you a well-rounded technology education applicable to the IT marketplace today. Additional concentrations allow you to choose from dozens of specific courses in order to specialize in the IT area of interest for your career. IT personnel are needed in all industries, and this online bachelor’s program helps prepare you for a variety of careers including programmer, systems analyst, project manager, web developer, database designer, and more.

Coursework in this program also meets various industry certifications including Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). Please view course descriptions for complete details.

Software and/or lab equipment required for some courses in this program are not provided through the undergraduate book grant and will need to be purchased by any student registering in those courses. Please see the course materials section of those courses for more information prior to registration.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: Some courses in this program have additional laboratory course materials that are not covered by our undergraduate book grant. View the Materials Cost information below for details.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate use of analytical, logical, and critical thinking to design, develop, and deploy effective Information Technology solutions.
  • Examine the principles and concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and the impact of (OOP) on software quality and reusability.
  • Assess the significance of the system development life cycle and its effectiveness.
  • Apply the principles of network technologies in designing a network.
  • Examine the principles of database management systems.
  • Analyze the computer and network security issues, policies, proactive measures, and software tools to counter security breaches and threats.
  • Apply industry driven techniques for designing, developing, and deploying enterprise applications on the desktop and on the Web.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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E Commerce

Broadens the scope of understanding ecommerce solutions for the buying and selling of products and services via computer networks. Examines guidelines, techniques, developing trends, and how ecommerce has transformed business today.

Sample Courses

  • WEBD321 - Web eCommerce Development
  • WEBD322 - Web Videography
  • WEBD323 - Search Engine Optimization
  • WEBD311 - Internet Concepts
  • WEBD300 - User Interface Design
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from dozens of different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.
 

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

  • ISSC321 - Computer Systems Organization: Intermediate
  • WEBD221 - Intermediate Web Development
  • WEBD241 - Web Development Using JavaScript
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Mobile Computing

Focuses on mobile application design and development, and how mobile devices enhanced by application software are changing the face of technology. Uses scenario-based exercises and requires students to use assigned tools to write, test, and deploy mobile software applications.

Sample Courses

  • ENTD413 - Advanced Mobile Application Design and Development
  • ENTD313 - Mobile Application Design and Development
  • ENTD322 - Application Development for the Droid
  • ENTD465 - Application Development for Windows Mobile Operating Systems
  • ENTD333 - Application Development for the iPhone and iPad
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Programming

Builds a strong foundation in Object Oriented Programming using Java, which is a primary language for building mobile apps, games, and enterprise software.

Sample Courses

  • ENTD381 - Object Oriented Programming With Java
  • ENTD481 - Enterprise Development using J2EE
  • ENTD261 - Scripting Languages for the Administrator
  • ENTD411 - Application Development
  • ENTD380 - Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java
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Web Development Using .Net

Focuses on the principles and practices necessary to design, develop, and deploy web applications using the .NET framework. Graduates will be able to build real-world .NET applications based on the knowledge and skills gained in the program, and apply object-oriented programming (OOP), Visual Basic, ASP, and C#.

Sample Courses

  • ENTD361 - Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Introduction
  • ENTD461 - Enterprise Development Using VB.NET: Advanced
  • ENTD462 - Enterprise Development Using ASP.NET
  • ENTD464 - Enterprise Development using .NET: Project
  • ENTD463 - Enterprise Development Using C#

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

Software and/or lab equipment required for some courses in this program must be purchased at the student’s expense, and are not included in the undergraduate book grant.

Estimated course materials for this program are $1,091. You can view the materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

This program resides in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) where more than 57 degree and certificate programs are available for students to find their area of interest ranging from space studies to environmental studies to IT and cybersecurity. American Public University is one of the few online colleges where you can work fully online to earn science and math bachelor’s degrees. Two of our bachelor’s programs (Natural Science and BSEE) are set up with full lab kits that are mailed to you to use at home. You won’t sacrifice hands-on experience with our online science programs! In addition, many of our STEM professors work to innovate their classroom, including Danny Welsch who uses video for you to learn from his virtual field trips.

The APU STEM program directors work with industry advisory councils to ensure that our students are prepared for the real world. APU also works with industry certifying bodies to ensure that our courseware meets the requirements of agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) and the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM).

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you