OCU’s Information Technology major prepares students for a career in the information technology field. The program integrates information technology with business and equips students to plan, implement, and support information systems.
Upon completion of this major, the student should be able to:
- Analyze users’ technology needs.
- Evaluate current and emerging technologies.
- Create an effective IT project plan.
- Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
- Apply management principles to work with people and processes within an organization.
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ACC2020 Accounting I3
The double-entry system of bookkeeping and the basic accounting cycle, including communicating financial information according to generally accepted accounting principles.Prerequisite: MAT1250 or higher
Introduction to economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of both domestic and international policies on key economic indicators and on overall macroeconomic performance. Recommended: College-level economics course
BUS3050 Business Law3
Principles and practices of law, and their impact on business situations, emphasizing the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society, in the context of Christian ethics and proper business conduct.
IST2001 Operating Systems Technician3
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.
IST2011 Hardware Systems Technician3
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
IST2101 Certified Security Principles3
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
IST2300 Operating Systems I3
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.
IST2400 Database Systems I3
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.
IST2500 Programming I3
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.
IST3040 Business Information Systems3
Fundamental concepts and technologies for business information systems, including data capture, processing, and communication, introduction to the integration of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access in business information systems, and basic data analytics.
IST3050 Information Technology for Management3
This course will address how the increased complexity of business data and the timeliness and coordination of this data across a company is managed. Topics include data mining, business intelligence, mobile technology, computer networks, cybersecurity, semantic technology and search engines.
IST3110 Information and Network Security3
Information systems security, including security for networks, applications, data, and host computers, compliance, operation security, access control, identity management, threats and vulnerabilities, and cryptography.Prerequisites: IST2000, IST2010
IST3300 Operating Systems II3
A survey of current topics in operating systems such as processors, memory, storage technology, virtualization, the virtual desktop, cloud computing, and targeted application of operating systems such as server, tablet, and mobile computing.Prerequisite: IST2300
IST3400 Database Systems II3
Hands-on interaction with the MySQL database, including skills required to install, configure, secure and maintain an enterprise database system, designing and creating a simple database, and interacting with the database through applications and programming languages.Prerequisite: IST2400
IST3500 Programming II3
IST4000 Information Technology Project Management3
Principles and solutions for managing IT projects through all phases, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling, and closing.
IST4110 Systems Analysis and Design3
Application of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) framework to plan, analyze, design, implement, and maintain information technology systems, including methods and models for developing and documenting the requirements for an information system, processes and procedures to design, procure, implement, and maintain systems, and an introduction to industry standard methods and tools that support the SDLC process such as UML, Use Case analysis, Rapid Application Development and CASE.
IST4200 Cyber Law and Ethics3
This course examines managing the ethical and legal issues that arise in the use of the Internet. Emphasis is given to areas of privacy, intellectual property, freedom of expression, and e-commerce.
IST4300 IT Application, Acquisition, and Implementation3
Decisions and activities required to implement an information system project, emphasizing strategic decisions based on technical, business, political and legal factors, vendor selection, relationship management, and human factors such as change management, education and training.
IST4500 Systems Administration3
Concepts and skills for designing, installing, and maintaining a computer network with application to Microsoft Windows network.
IST4700 Advanced Topics in Information Technology3
This course provides the student an opportunity to investigate an area of Information Technology that is of special interest through research or experience.
IST4800 IT Capstone3
This course integrates student learning from the Information Technology major courses requiring the synthesis of learned skills in IT systems, databases, networks, and security.Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
Statistics is the method of conducting a study about a topic by collecting, organizing, interpreting, and presenting data. This course prepares the student to perform statistical analysis of data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression.
*Students may count this course as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core.
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
- Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
- Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
- Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
- 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.