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A Competency-Based Computer Information Technology Degree

Northern Arizona University’s competency-based Personalized Learning program offers a Computer Information Technology (CIT) bachelor’s degree that you can earn entirely online and at your own pace. This self-paced CIT degree program is designed to be affordable and is customized to what you know and how you learn. Find out more about how competency-based education works.

A Degree Designed To Help You Advance In The IT Field

If you are working as an IT professional or have a wealth of IT knowledge, earning your NAU bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology through Personalized Learning means you get credit for what you already know so you can progress quickly and at your own pace. This unique competency-based degree program ensures you also learn what you need to know by requiring you to demonstrate your understanding of course lessons.

Gain the business, communications and IT skills to succeed in positions such as: 

  • IT Director
  • IT Project Manager
  • Systems Administrator

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Computer Information Technology

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BS
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 8 competencies of liberal studies requirements equaling 35 units of coursework.
  • 11 competencies equaling 54-57 units of NAU major courses

  • 4 competencies in science courses equaling 12 units of NAU science courses. SCIN 182, SCIN 281, SCIN 301, SCIN 302, SCIN 293 are available through Personalized Learning; other science courses may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available
Student Learning Outcomes

Computer Information Technology Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to:

  • Explore Information Technology Foundations: Demonstrate knowledge of market trends and innovative technology in this fast changing technology industry and its many specialty areas and the graduate will develop a clear understanding of Information Technology
  • Examine Data Management and Administration: Demonstrate the ability to manage the dissemination of information via different formats, including data types, storage, archiving, and retrieval systems, applying common compliant data models/standards to meet the sophisticated demand for data organization and manipulation
  • Examine IT Business Operations and Leadership: Demonstrate acquired knowledge to translate business problems into responsive solutions through leadership and by managing business assets and resources utilizing performance indicators, organizational behavior and project management
  • Examine Information Security and Policy: Demonstrates extensive knowledge in the design, implementation and management that assure the security of business environments, including basic principles and best practices in information security
  • Examine Enterprise Architecture, Network and Telecommunications Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of a comprehensive IT framework to manage systems and have the ability to align IT strategies to support the organization’s mission critical goals and structure; demonstrate a balance coverage of the technical and managerial aspects of network and data communications
  • Explore Software Engineering and Development: Demonstrate formative skills in integrating and transforming business perspectives and processes to software technology
  • Explore Systems Administration: Demonstrate the ability to coordinate the installation, testing, and operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems; perform basic competencies in managing computing resources and implementing policies, principles, and best practices that are integral elements of operating environment
  • Examine Business Analysis and Design: Demonstrate an understanding of information technology and its business processes and strategies
  • Examine Web-based Systems and Technologies: Demonstrate knowledge in the fundamentals of web technologies and Internet standards relative to web technology development, i.e., organizational implications
  • Explore Information Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of computing approaches affecting new technologies in education and biological processes; demonstrate knowledge in developing and applying computational techniques to education and informatics
  • Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project: Demonstrate that the student has achieved the learning goals as established by the Computer Information Technology degree program by applying theories, concepts, skills, and knowledge

Details

  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1   Explore information technology foundations
    C.2   Examine data management and administration
    C.3   Examine IT business operations and leadership
    C.4   Examine information security and policy
    C.5   Examine enterprise architecture, network and telecommunications technology
    C.6   Explore software engineering and development
    C.7   Explore systems administration
    C.8   Examine business analysis and design
    C.9   Examine web-based systems and technologies
    C.10 Explore information technology: co-evolution with other philosophies
    C.11  Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project

  • Credit Earned (54 - 57 units)
    • BBA 305W  Effective Business Communications (3 units)
    • BBA 370  Administration of Information Technology Security and Assurance (3 units)
    • BBA 460  Emerging Technologies (3 units)
    • CIT 121  Foundations of Computer Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 127  Computer Information Technology I (3 units)
    • CIT 137  Computer Information Technology II (3 units)
    • CIT 213  Introduction to Programming for the Web (3 units)
    • CIT 221  Programming Fundamentals (3 units)
    • CIT 222  Business Systems Software Development (3 units)
    • CIT 250  Design and Analysis of Data Structure (3 units)
    • CIT 294  Technology Information Literacy (3 units)
    • CIT 311  Analysis, Design, and Modeling of Databases (3 units)
    • CIT 321  Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems (3 units)
    • CIT 341  Management and Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 361  Fundamentals of Information Technology and Project Management (3 units)
    • CIT 490C Computer Information Capstone (3 units)
    • PLD 450 Applied Project (3 units)
    • STAT 272  Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
    ** Students transferring in an applicable statistics course are not required to complete STAT 272. Work with an advisor to determine applicability of transfer course work.
Science Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.

Computer Information Technology

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BA
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 8 competencies of liberal studies requirements equaling 35 units of coursework
  • 11 competencies equaling 54-57 units of NAU major courses

  • 16 competencies in modern language courses equaling 16 units of NAU language courses. SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, are available through Personalized Learning; other modern languages may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available
Student Learning Outcomes

Computer Information Technology Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to:

  • Explore Information Technology Foundations: Demonstrate knowledge of market trends and innovative technology in this fast changing technology industry and its many specialty areas and the graduate will develop a clear understanding of Information Technology
  • Examine Data Management and Administration: Demonstrate the ability to manage the dissemination of information via different formats, including data types, storage, archiving, and retrieval systems, applying common compliant data models/standards to meet the sophisticated demand for data organization and manipulation
  • Examine IT Business Operations and Leadership: Demonstrate acquired knowledge to translate business problems into responsive solutions through leadership and by managing business assets and resources utilizing performance indicators, organizational behavior and project management
  • Examine Information Security and Policy: Demonstrates extensive knowledge in the design, implementation and management that assure the security of business environments, including basic principles and best practices in information security
  • Examine Enterprise Architecture, Network and Telecommunications Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of a comprehensive IT framework to manage systems and have the ability to align IT strategies to support the organization’s mission critical goals and structure; demonstrate a balance coverage of the technical and managerial aspects of network and data communications
  • Explore Software Engineering and Development: Demonstrate formative skills in integrating and transforming business perspectives and processes to software technology
  • Explore Systems Administration: Demonstrate the ability to coordinate the installation, testing, and operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems; perform basic competencies in managing computing resources and implementing policies, principles, and best practices that are integral elements of operating environment
  • Examine Business Analysis and Design: Demonstrate an understanding of information technology and its business processes and strategies
  • Examine Web-based Systems and Technologies: Demonstrate knowledge in the fundamentals of web technologies and Internet standards relative to web technology development, i.e., organizational implications
  • Explore Information Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of computing approaches affecting new technologies in education and biological processes; demonstrate knowledge in developing and applying computational techniques to education and informatics
  • Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project: Demonstrate that the student has achieved the learning goals as established by the Computer Information Technology degree program by applying theories, concepts, skills, and knowledge

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1   Explore information technology foundations
    C.2   Examine data management and administration
    C.3   Examine IT business operations and leadership
    C.4   Examine information security and policy
    C.5   Examine enterprise architecture, network and telecommunications technology
    C.6   Explore software engineering and development
    C.7   Explore systems administration
    C.8   Examine business analysis and design
    C.9   Examine web-based systems and technologies
    C.10 Explore information technology: co-evolution with other philosophies
    C.11  Integrate learning by participating in a capstone project

  • Course Credit Earned (54 - 57 units)

    • BBA 305W  Effective Business Communications (3 units)
    • BBA 370  Administration of Information Technology Security and Assurance (3 units)
    • BBA 460  Emerging Technologies (3 units)
    • CIT 121  Foundations of Computer Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 127  Computer Information Technology I (3 units)
    • CIT 137  Computer Information Technology II (3 units)
    • CIT 213  Introduction to Programming for the Web (3 units)
    • CIT 221  Programming Fundamentals (3 units)
    • CIT 222  Business Systems Software Development (3 units)
    • CIT 250  Design and Analysis of Data Structure (3 units)
    • CIT 294  Technology Information Literacy (3 units)
    • CIT 311  Analysis, Design, and Modeling of Databases (3 units)
    • CIT 321  Fundamentals of Hardware and Operating Systems (3 units)
    • CIT 341  Management and Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 361  Fundamentals of Information Technology and Project Management (3 units)
    • CIT 490C Computer Information Technology Capstone (3 units)
    • PLD 450 Applied Project (3 units)
    • STAT 272  Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
    ** Students transferring in an applicable statistics course are not required to complete STAT 272. Work with an advisor to determine applicability of transfer course work.
Foreign Language Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.

Computer Information Technology - Minor

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MINR
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
18
18

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Minor in Computer Information Technology

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes

    C.1  Explore information technology foundations
    C.2  Examine data management and administration
    C.3  Examine IT business operations and leadership
    C.4  Examine enterprise architecture, network and telecommunications
    C.5  Examine business analysis and design
    C.6  Examine web-based systems and technologies

  • Course Credit Earned - Minor Courses 18 units
    • BBA 305W  Effective Business Communications (3 units)
    • CIT 121  Foundations of Computer Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 294  Technology Information Literacy (3 units)
    • CIT 311  Analysis, Design, and Modeling of Databases (3 units)
    • CIT 341  Management and Information Technology (3 units)
    • CIT 361  Fundamentals of Information Technology and Project Management (3 units)
    This minor is not available to students completing the Major in Computer Information Technology through Personalized Learning.
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