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National job postings for computer and information technology graduates are predicted to grow in the next 10 years (Source: Lightcast™ – economicmodeling.com). Ball State University’s bachelor’s in computer and information technology will prepare you for this growth with high-demand skills that you can immediately apply to your current and future career.
You’ll gain a solid foundation of concepts, theories, and practices of information technology, and the skills to design, implement, and administer secured systems and networks.
What Skills Will I Gain?
IT workers are called to have a vast skillset. The skills you gain from hands-on, practical projects are relevant to a number of careers and can be immediately applied to your line of work. A sample of those skills includes:
- Cloud Computing
- Datacenter Virtualization
- Technology Automation
- Project Management
- Wired/Wireless Network Infrastructures
Your computer and information technology degree will translate to several employment sectors including business, health, education, nonprofit, government, and private and public organizations. Below are examples of job titles you may hold:
- Data Analyst
- Database Specialist
- Director of Technology
- IT Project Manager
- Network and Systems Administrator
- Network and Systems Engineer
- Scrum Master
Grants for College
Good news for Indiana adult students! The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is offering college grants for adults returning to college, or even beginning their educational journey. The Adult Student Grant awards up to $2,000 to help pay for your college expenses and is renewable. This grant is available to Indiana residents, aged 25 and older, who are enrolled or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program.* Review the requirements below and learn if you qualify for the Adult Student Grant.
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*Additional requirements are listed on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Adult Student Grant website.
What Sets Our Graduates Apart
You’ll learn from skilled faculty who are experienced professionals in the IT field. They take the time to get to know you and your career goals, and help you achieve them.
Completing an internship is one example of the hands-on, real-world experiences you’ll gain through the computer and information technology program. It’s one of the best ways to master business technology and put the skills you’ve learned in your courses into practice. You can complete your internship requirements while still working full-time.
As a Ball State computer and information technology graduate, you’ll standout to employers. IT certifications and industry credentials, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware, are baked into the curriculum, giving you a competitive edge.
Ball State is the first university in the nation partnered with AWS Academy to deliver its cloud practitioner curriculum and hands-on labs. At the end of the course, you will be qualified to take the exam certification, which provides you with an industry-recognized achievement in the cloud networking industry.
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Courses You Will Take
Ball State focuses on the student experience, placing emphasis on smaller class sizes, personal attention from faculty, and immersive learning. The commitment to student experience is the same whether you’re on campus or online. Curriculum for the bachelor’s of computer and information technology is comprised of:
- University Core Curriculum
- 50 credits of technology foundation courses
- An 18-credit concentration in either network or systems infrastructure
You can also pair your bachelor’s in computer and information technology with one of our many minors to tailor your bachelor’s degree and career even further.
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The network infrastructure concentration will prepare you understand and build hardware and wireless infrastructure to communicate with each other. You will take the following courses:
- CT 310 Data Networking 2
- CT 330 Data Networking 3
- CT 340 Wireless Networking
- CT 410 Data Networking 3
Choose 6 credits from:
- CT 371 Voice over Internet Protocol Network
- CT 430 Applied Network Security
- CT 445 Software Defined Networks
- CT 450 Enterprise Infrastructure Design
The systems infrastructure concentration will prepare you to understand the world of cloud computing. You will take the following courses:
- CT 311 Infrastructure Services
- CT 321 Linux 2
- CT 335 Private Cloud Infrastructures
- CT 345 Public Cloud Infrastructures
Choose 6 credits from:
- CT 380 Electronic Communication Administration
- CT 421 Data Storage/Disaster Recovery
- CT 435 DevOps Infrastructures
- CT 440 Directory Services
Many adult students already have some college credit completed when they begin their studies with Ball State Online. In fact, more than 90 percent of bachelor's degree seekers transfer some or all of their previous credits. If you fall under this category, contact your student success specialist to learn more about transferring your credits to Ball State.
Meet Your Advisor
The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with the same specialist from application to graduation.
Contact your Student Success Specialist, who can answer questions you have about the program.
Online Learning at a Glance
The 100 percent online bachelor’s in computer and information technology is designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them at a pace that fits into your daily routine without worrying about being late to class. Many students take one or two courses at a time until they find the right balance between work, classes, and other responsibilities.
You’ll still earn a reputable Ball State degree whether you’re taking classes in a physical or online classroom.
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Ready to Apply?
An application and all required application materials must be received two weeks prior to the start of classes for a given term in order to be considered for admission to Ball State. Our semester start dates can be found in Ball State’s academic calendar.
Whether you are transferring credits in from another university or have never taken college courses before now, we invite you to learn about Ball State's admission requirements and how to apply to this program.
Want to Learn More?
Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.