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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.
This degree program is available in the following format:

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MAJOR27 Hours

  • Focuses on operating systems, including the installation, configuration, and maintenance of devices, PCs, and software for end users; understanding the basics of networking and security/forensics from the operating system view; properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common software issues; applying troubleshooting skills and providing appropriate customer support.
  • Supplying foundational knowledge to install, configure, and support hardware systems, including the assembling of components based on customer requirements; installing, configuring, and maintaining devices, PCs, and servers; Understanding the fundamentals of networking and security/forensics; student will be introduced to wireless networks, mobile devices, and custom builds for end use deployment.
    Prerequisite: IST2001
  • A study of concepts and skills to plan, install, maintain, and troubleshoot today’s networks including wireless and server-based networks; new technologies such as virtual and SD networks found in many cloud architectures will be explored as well as physical components such as TCP/IP Stack, OSI Model, switches, routers, wireless, and Bluetooth; a study of performing day to day operations within an organization to secure and maintain an entire organization.
    Prerequisite: IST2011
  • Understanding security across the entire environment of risk management, identity and access control, network and data security and how this applies in in new technologies such as loT and cloud services. Students will have access to the cyber range.
    Prerequisites: IST2051
  • 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.
  • Aims to ensure the student has a broad base of knowledge covering a large variety of information systems areas to ensure that they are able to effectively run an information systems security team and establish a cybersecurity culture.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
  • Rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.
    Prerequisite: MAT0960 or ACT math score of 19 or higher

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

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or