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OCU’s Information Technology major prepares students for a career in information technology, by developing an understanding of the elements of information systems and the integration of information technology with business.


On completion of this major, a student should be able to:
  • Identify technical concepts and practices in information technology.
  • Examine the use of project planning in working with information technology.
  • Apply appropriate use of information technology.
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.

Technology Requirements

Students in technology majors must have access to computer hardware and that meets minimum recommendations for running MySQL Workbench and TestOut.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

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  • Computer hardware, software, and operating systems, including operating system configuration and maintenance, client systems, managing applications, networking concepts, and skills for a career in network support or administration.
  • Application of skills and knowledge required for a career in network support or administration.
    Prerequisite: IST2000
  • A study of computer networks, including the building blocks of the general network architecture, wired and wireless networking technologies, framework, design and configuration of a TCP/IP network, and application of networking concepts in a typical network of Windows computers.
    Prerequisite: IST2010
  • The security threat environment for information systems with emphasis on the application of security tools to reduce threat exposure, prevention and detection technologies, planning, and development of policies that protect an organization from security risks.
    Prerequisite: IST2050
  • The Windows operating system, including practical skills in installing, configuring, and maintaining this operating system, and an introduction to other popular operating systems, including OS X, iOS, Android, and Linux.
  • Relational databases, including basic relational database design and maintenance, design concepts such as records, tables, data types and table normalization, reading database data through queries using query functions and linked tables, an introduction to the SQL query language, popular relational database software, alternate database technologies, and interaction with these concepts using a relational database software program.
  • An introductory course in computer programming using the JAVA programming language, including the fundamentals of computer programming, program design, data types, program flow constructs, efficient program design, and techniques for processing data programmatically such as data arrays and data algorithms.
  • Integration of student learning from the Information Technology major courses requiring the synthesis of learned skills in IT computer, networks, systems, databases, and programming.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
  • Discrete (as opposed to continuous) mathematical topics, including modular arithmetic, logic, algorithms, graph theory, and related concepts.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 24 or higher

*Students may count this course as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core.