Program Overview

The information technology field remains a robust and lucrative one. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations in the field are expected to grow 12 percent by 2024, faster than the national average. Point Park University offers the opportunity to take advantage of this rapidly expanding field with our online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. An online IT degree can mean the difference between simply having a job and pursuing a career.

Curriculum Overview

Point Park’s online information technology degree covers relevant topics like web development, big data and digital security, ensuring a diverse curriculum that offers students key skills needed for career preparedness. Each course in our online IT degree program is developed for professionals by professionals, with our highly experienced instructors offering expertise from their own unique experiences. And with our supportive online community on your side, you’ll have access to our dedicated support staff from application to graduation. With an online information technology degree, your future is at your fingertips.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
 
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Communications and Presentation
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 101 – City-University Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigative Science
  • Investigative Mathematics – MATH 180 -College Algebra
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate and Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology
  • Senior Capstone
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Course Description
This course included communication theory, as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches, and small group discussion, to large audience speeches.
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Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.
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Course Description
This course introduces students to the kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the “community” will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • GCS/MLNG 205 – Languages of the World
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions
  • SOC/MLNG 260 – Japanese Culture
  • THEA 225 – History Theatre I
  • THEA 226 – History Theatre II
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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Choose one of following courses:

  • MATH 150 – The Mathematical Experience
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • MATH 190 – Calculus I
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choice One

  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations

Choice Two

  • EDUC 220 – Family and Community Diversity
  • EDUC 228 – Educational Psychology
  • HIST 206 – Foundations in Feminism: Women’s History in Western World
  • PSYC 203 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 230 – Characterological and Psychotic in Film and Fiction
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life and Finances During and After College
  • BUS 404 – Business Ethics
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • DUC 101 – Technology Literacy in Education for the 21st Century
  • JOUR 103 – Graphic Design I
  • NSET 101 – Intro to Natural Sciences and Technology
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Course chosen with advisor near completion of degree. Students may choose CMPS 480 – Senior Project as their capstone course.
Departmental Major Requirements (60 credits)
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ACCT 101 – Introductory Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 – Introductory Accounting II
  • BMGT 101 – Introduction to Business
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 202 – Business Law II
  • BMGT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 208 – Principles of Management
  • BMGT 221 – Bus. Comm. And Research
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 310 – Management Science
  • BMGT 417 – Strategic Planning
  • CMPS 160 – Databases
  • CMPS 161 – Networking and Security
  • CMPS 162 – Introduction to Programming
  • CMPS 163 – Business Analytics
  • CMPS 260 – Data Structures
  • CMPS 261 – Server Management
  • CMPS 262 – Advanced Programming
  • CMPS 480 – Senior Project
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Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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Course Description
The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.
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Course Description
General accounting principles, special procedures for manufacturing operations and analysis of financial and fund statements. Prerequisite: ACCT 101.
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Course Description
A survey of business and management using descriptive and analytical techniques including the study of human relations, delegation of authority and managerial communications.
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Course Description
An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.
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Course Description
A survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of sales, the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer law, commercial papers, partnerships, corporations, antitrust, labor, environmental, secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance and administrative law. Prerequisite: BMGT 201.
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Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
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Course Description
Emphasis on the major theories and functions of management. Students develop an understanding of why management is needed in all organizations and what constitutes good management. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.
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Course Description
The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ENGL 101.
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Course Description
The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.
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Course Description
The basic operations of research technology used in managerial and statistical decision-making: mathematical programming, inventory models and queuing theory. Dual listed as ECON 312. Prerequisites: MATH 175, MATH 180.
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Course Description
A presentation of the concepts and procedures of strategic planning. Discussion relates strategic planning to the analysis of the external environment and an assessment of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
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Course Description
This Database course surveys topics in database systems. The course emphasizes the effective use of database (management) systems. Topics include access methods, data models, query languages, database design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, security, integrity, client-server architecture, and distributed database systems. Hands-on use will be a key part of the course.
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Course Description
This course introduces basic networking and security concepts. It serves as a precursor to the more advanced and specialized networking and security courses. Coverage of topics focuses on identifying and understanding the nomenclature of hardware and software use in modern networks.
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Course Description
This course introduces basic programming concepts. Hands on programming will be a key part of the course. The course is designed to teach and reinforce basic programming techniques and strategies. Prerequisites: CMPS 160.
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Course Description
This course will provide you with concepts and tools to utilize data for making informed business decisions. We will start with the raw data and work our way to conclusions and examine all the intermediate steps in detail. Topics as data collection, model selection, built-in assumptions, and uncertainty will be at the core of the course. You will familiarize yourself with tools to apply these concepts in practice.
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Course Description
In this course fundamental data structures will be explored that are indispensable when programming. Some major areas are objects, lists, arrays, stacks, queues, and more. Tradeoffs in terms of computational complexity and operations on these data structures are also discussed. Prerequisites: CMPS 162.
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Course Description
In this course, students will learn how to administer a server. This ranges from installing an operating system, remotely installing software packages through a package manager, configuring the system, managing security and encryption, backups, to shell scripting. A big component of this course is lab work. Prerequisites: CMPS 162.
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Course Description
This course continues where CMPS 162 and CMPS 260 leave off. The focus will be on problem solving but with a much higher difficulty level. The students will be required to write programs that involve multiple units of organization, e.g., classes. Several advanced algorithms will be discussed and should be implemented by the students. Prerequisites: CMPS 260.
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Course Description
In this course the student will demonstrate their mastery of material undertaken in coursework by selecting and creating a programming solution to a significant business application. The group will work together to construct their solution and present a working model of their problem to the class. This project is designed to give the student a hands-on demonstration of their coursework suitable for a portfolio of accomplishments. If CMPS 480 is used as Senior Capstone in Thematic Core, substitute with elective. Prerequisites: All I.T. Core Classes.
Departmental Elective Requirements (9 credits)
Choose three of the following courses:
  • CMPS 355 – Internship in Information Tech I
  • CMPS 356 – Internship in Information Tech II
  • CMPS 360 – Survey of Programming Languages
  • CMPS 361 – Web Application Development
  • CMPS 362 – Networking
  • CMPS 363 – Digital Security
  • CMPS 364 – NoSQL Databases
  • CMPS 460 – Mobile Application Development
  • CMPS 461 – Big Data Applications
  • CMPS 462 – Data Mining
  • CMPS 463 – Entrepreneurship for Software Development
  • CMPS 464 – Software Develop for E-Commerce
  • Special Topics / Independent Study Courses (1 – 6 credits)
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Course Description
Part-time job experience approved by the department in a local business or industrial firm. Method of evaluation is agreed upon by the departmental and job-site supervisors. May include periodic reports, a day-by-day journal, computer programs with documentation, user’s manuals and/or demonstrations. Prerequisites: Junior Standing and permission.
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Course Description
Part-time job experience approved by the department in a local business or industrial firm. Method of evaluation is agreed upon by the departmental and job-site supervisors. May include periodic reports, a day-by-day journal, computer programs with documentation, user’s manuals and/or demonstrations. Prerequisites: Junior Standing and permission.
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Course Description
This course provides students with a wide array of programming languages and emphasizes strengths and weaknesses relative to a given problem. Students will work on a practical problem in a language of choice to gain real world experience. Prerequisites: CMPS 261, CMPS 262.
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Course Description
This course will provide a foundation in several facets of establishing and maintaining a website. This includes the latest advances in client side as well as server side technologies. The goal is to have students design, implement, and run advanced web applications. It will also cover in some detail the protocols required for web development. Prerequisites: CMPS 261, CMPS 262.
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Course Description
Techniques for the design of computer networks beyond the user level are discussed. Perspectives on network design, estimation of traffic demand and application requirements, network cost analysis, topological design, and virtual network design, wireless network design issues are also discussed. Prerequisites: CMPS 161.
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Course Description
This class will provide an overview of computer security. The concepts of security in the context of the digital world will be discussed. The nuts and bolts of threat prevention, detection and removal are discussed. The student will be required to use a lab environment to simulate troubleshooting, preventing and fixing problems. Prerequisites: CMPS 161.
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Course Description
This course explores modem databases that do not strictly follow the relational database design and SQL. Advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. Students will be required to work with at least one NoSQL databases and write a program that utilizes it. Prerequisites: CMPS 163, CMPS 261.
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Course Description
In this course, students will learn how to develop applications for mobile devices. Mobile devices are more restricted in screen space but also have new opportunities such as built in GPS. This course requires completing a group project for a given mobile platform. Prerequisites: CMPS 361.
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Course Description
This course continues where CMPS 364 leaves off and focuses on architectures and implementations that are able to handle large data sets. For this course several tools will be applied to real data sets. Prerequisites: CMPS 364.
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Course Description
A follow up course on CMPS 163 that is much more technical. In addition to a mathematical understanding of algorithms this course also lets students implement their own algorithms. Prerequisites: CMPS 163, CMPS 261, and CMPS 262.
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Course Description
Course in which students will learn how to commercialize their ideas and software into a profitable business. The focus is on customer development, i.e., acquiring customers, and uses the lean business model canvas. The essential element of this course is to create a prototype and investigate whether a customer base can be identified. Prerequisites: CMPS 163 and CMPS 361.
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Course Description
The course will give students a clear understanding of the field of electronic commerce. Included will be the fundamental business processes/plans that are necessary to understand before conducting electronic commerce. The student will learn principles underlying the construction of data driven systems, particularly relational ones, and apply these principles to an actual semester long group project. The project is a good sized one, and provides an opportunity for the application of software engineering principles. Prerequisites: CMPS 163 and CMPS 361.
General Elective Requirements (9 credits)
  • Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.S. in Information Technology program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The University reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

The BLS reports that the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $79,390 in 2014. An information technology degree offers you access to this highly rewarding field through a variety of careers, including:
Network Architect

Network architects design and build computer networks to meet the technological needs of companies and organizations. These professionals may create plans and layouts for networks, ensure system security, upgrade hardware and software, research new technologies and provide continued support to clients. These jobs are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate by 2024.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmers are responsible for writing and testing code for computers and their software. They may write programs in computing languages such as C++ or Java, assess programs for errors, create code, update and expand programs, and work with other technology professionals such as software developers. Fluency in several computing languages and systems platforms gives these professionals an advantage in the workforce.

Systems Analyst

Systems analysts are responsible for examining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of computer systems. Combining business knowledge with information technology, systems analysts may prepare cost analyses, conduct testing, oversee system installation, research new systems and solutions, train end users, write instruction manuals and generally work with organizations to help them resourcefully meet their goals.

Database Administrator

Database administrators help ensure sensitive digital information is stored, organized and secured. Their responsibilities include backing up and restoring data, creating databases through identifying the needs of end users, ensuring efficiency of database usage, making modifications to systems when necessary and more. These professionals may work as general administrators or specialize in specific applications, software or skills.

Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts work to ensure the security of an organization’s computer networks and information systems. Their responsibilities may include monitoring for security breaches, installing security software, developing and implementing security standards, researching security trends and teaching others about security procedures when relevant. These individuals are crucial in protecting sensitive data in the digital world.

Computer Systems Administrator

The role of computer systems administrators is to implement the day-to-day operations of computer networks found in companies and organizations. They may work with management to determine computer system needs, install hardware and software, make repairs, maintain security, train users in system operations, collect data and more. They may also serve as supervisors to computer support specialists.

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