Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Credit-Hour)

This program of study emphasizes the foundations of Information Technology (IT) and the latest practical technologies. Students interested in working in the areas of IT analysis and design, network administration, information security management and/or IT project management would benefit from this degree program.


The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) prepares students for career opportunities, advancement, participation and service a variety of 21st century IT specializations.

Program Learning Outcomes

• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in collaborative environments.

• Problem Solving: Apply current IT tools and techniques to solve multi-faceted technological issues.

• Professionalism and Ethics: Engage in IT professional, ethical, legal, and social responsibilities and practices.

• IT Integration: Apply IT best practices and standards to integrate systems to address a business need.

• Information Assurance: Employ current information assurance principles to manage risk.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the University general education and elective requirements, the BSIT major consists of two components. The first component consists of 39 credits of common requirement courses (See Common Requirements). The second component consists of either electives or an emphasis area for a total of 9 upper-division credits. Note: some courses may be used to fulfill both the major and general education requirements (see the General Education Requirements section of this catalog).

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher.  All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.

Common Requirements
COMU 410Organizational Communication3
CSCU 251Introduction to Computing Systems Organization3
CSCU 270Information System Security3
CSCU 301Introduction to Programming3
CSCU 353Data Communications and Computer Networks3
CSCU 360Web Design Technologies3
CSCU 361Operating Systems3
CSCU 397User Experience and Interaction Design3
CSCU 408Database Management3
CSCU 498Capstone Project3
MATU 203Introduction to Statistics3
OLCU 350Leadership and Professional Ethics3
OLCU 414Team Building3
Common Requirements Subtotal39
Electives or Emphasis Areas
Students choose three approved elective courses, gain Dean's approval for alternative courses, or may select the emphasis area below.
Elective or Emphasis Subtotal9
Total Credits48
Select three courses from the following approved electives:
CSCU 200Introduction to Computers and Data Processing3
CSCU 305Applied Data Wrangling3
CSCU 315Organizational Information Systems3
CSCU 362Fundamentals of Software Development3
CSCU 373Introduction to Data Management3
CSCU 375Data Encryptions and Information Security3
CSCU 383Applied Project Management3
CSCU 385Project Work Structure and Resources Management3
CSCU 410Structured Systems Analysis and Design3
CSCU 415Systems Quality Assurance and Testing3
CSCU 453Network Implementation3
CSCU 458Advanced Web Based Database Systems3
CSCU 483Project Risk Management3
OLCU 303Organizational Development and Change3
Total Credits9
Emphasis Area
Project Management Emphasis
CSCU 383Applied Project Management3
CSCU 385Project Work Structure and Resources Management3
CSCU 483Project Risk Management3
Total Credits9

Students with IT professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field.  Refer to UMassGlobal for additional information on IT certification substitutions listed by catalog year.

Industry Standard Certification Substitution Course
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
CompTIA A+ CSCU 251
CompTIA Network+ CSCU 353
CompTIA Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCC 475 (approved substitution for CSCU 251)
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat Systems Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (project management professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CSCU 353
CompTIA IT Fundamentals CSCU 200