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OCU’s Information Technology major prepares students for a career in the information technology field. The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology integrates information technology with business and equips students to plan, implement, and support information systems.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Identify Analyze users’ technology needs.
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    Evaluate current and emerging technologies.
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    Create an effective IT project plan.
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Apply management principles to work with people and processes within an organization.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematical thinking encountered in college courses, careers, and everyday life. Quantitative reasoning skills needed to understand problem solving, money management, and growth models.
    Prerequisite: SI094 (recommended), SI092, SI096, or ACT math score of 19 or higher
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms, including communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Electives2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    Formation, interpretation, and application of statistics in research, including analysis in the fields of business, education, sociology, and psychology with emphasis on application of statistics to real-world problems.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SI131 or ACT Math score of 22 or higher

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MAJOR 63 HOURS

Courses identified below with a 3-letter/4-digit course number are available only through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS).

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    Basic accounting principles, theories, and financial information systems. Covers the double entry accrual system and addresses financial reporting of current assets, liabilities, and long-term assets along with an analysis of financial statements.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I3
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    IST2010 Computer and Networking Essentials II 3
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    IST2300 Operating Systems I3
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    IST2400 Database Systems I 3
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    IST2500 Programming I3
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    IST3040 Business Information Systems 3
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    IST3000 Human Factors in Information Technology 3
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    IST3110 Information and Network Security 3
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    IST3300 Operating Systems II3
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    IST3400 Database Systems II3
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    IST3500 Programming II3
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    IST4000 Information Technology Project Management 3
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    IST4110 Systems Analysis and Design 3
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    IST4200 Cyber Law and Ethics 3
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    IST4300 IT Application, Acquisition, and Implementation3
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    IST4500 System Administration3
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    IST4700 Advanced Topics in Information Technology3
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    IST4800 Information Technology Capstone 3
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    MAT2110 Discrete Mathematics3
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    BUS3050 Business Law3
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations, including Christian ethics and proper business conduct, and the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MG101

ELECTIVES8 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above Program Total120 Hours