Walsh College

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The Walsh College Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) provides a unique undergraduate curriculum focused on enhancing your ability to employ information technology for strategic advantage through an integrated study of core technology concepts and skills. 

Students will develop a cohesive view of technology through hands-on skill development in the essential technology foundations of systems design, project management, networks, data, software, and cybersecurity. Students will develop a holistic framework of how to evaluate, integrate, and incorporate the ever-changing technology landscape into today’s competitive business environment.

Courses are taught by proven business leaders who are experienced practitioners in their fields to bring real world application of concepts into your classroom experience.

BSIT Program Format

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Walsh College requires a minimum of 127 semester credit hours. This includes the transfer of up to 82 semester credit hours and a minimum of 45 semester credits hours (15 courses) taken while in residence at Walsh College.

The BSIT program requires completion of all courses in the professional core and program core. The courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining in-person classroom instruction with online learning. The on-ground courses will be taught in a 2+2 format, with two hours of weekly on-campus instruction and the equivalent of two hours of weekly online instruction.

Additional Admissions Requirements

The BSIT program requires additional admission requirements.  The following courses must be completed within five years prior to application for admission.

  • One course in programming
  • One course in networking fundamentals
  • One course in security
  • One course in databases

Expected proficiency in current personal productivity tools (word processing/spreadsheets/presentation graphics and personal databases).

 Professional Core
 ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I*
 COM 210 Principles of Business Communication*
 COM 300 Communication Essentials**
 COM 320 Business Communication Methods***
 ECN 201 Principles of Economics I*
 IT 201 Introduction to Networking*
 IT 202 Introduction to Databases*
 IT 203 Introduction to Programming*
 IT 204 Introduction to Security*
 MGT 201 Principles of Management*
 QM 202 Statistics Methods for Business*
** COM 300 is required of all students who score below 4 on the Walsh College communications placement exam.
*** Students are required to take COM 320 within their first 9 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College. 
Program Core
 IT 402 System Analysis & Design
 IT 403 Project Management & ITIL Framework
 IT 490 Internship
 IT 499 Collaborative Bus. Systems (Capstone)
Focus Area 1: Networking
 IT 406 Network Design & Implementation
 IT 407 Server Virtualization & Performance Engineering
Focus Area 2: Data
 IT 408 Database Design & Development (SQL)
 IT 409 Data Analytics
Focus Area 3: Software Development 
 IT 410 Principles of Software Engineering
 IT 412 Advanced Programming
 IT 413 Web Design (Client and Server)
Focus Area 4: Cyber Security
 IT 417 Fundamentals of Cyber Security
 IT 419 Securing the Perimeter and End Points
 IT 422 Cryptography and Access Control

The * courses are typically transferred from a community college or another accredited educational institution. Additional transfer equivalencies may be established, depending on the course take and the transfer institution,

Certifications

Students who have an active CISSP and/or SSCP certification will awarded equivalent credit for IT 417, IT 419 and IT 422.

Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance

Walsh College is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance which identifies Walsh as one of a small set of academic institutions in the country to achieve this status.  Walsh College was one of the first academic institutions in Michigan to earn the prestigious designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and has continually retained this status.  In order to achieve this designation, Walsh College is required to ensure that its courses meet the stringent requirements of information security contents established by the National Security Agency, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.  Students who graduate from the BSIT program receive a certificate that documents their participation in a program approved as a Center of Academic Excellence.

Opportunities for Employment

According to the Department of Labor, jobs in Information Technology are in high demand and expect to remain so for the foreseeable future.  In fact, job growth in Information Technology is expected to increase at a rate of 53% over the next five years. Information Technology graduates work in a variety of industries as all businesses rely on the use of technology to achieve their business goals and objectives. The opportunities for employment are widespread as graduates choose to work as managers, analysts or technology specialists. The Walsh BSIT delivers the skills necessary for students to move forward in their careers whether it’s a promotion, a new job, or a total career change.

Salary Expectations

The career paths of students graduating with a BSIT degree vary considerably as do starting salaries.  Technology managers earn an average of $100,000. The salary of technology specialists start at an average of $70,000 to $90,000 depending on their specific expertise: Computer Analysts earn an average of $80,000; Network Administrators earn an average of $70,000; Database Administrators earn an average of $75,000; Programmers earn an average of $90,000; Project managers earn an average of $90,000; and Information Security Analysts start at an average of $90,000.