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Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology


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Whether you’re already working in the technology sector or looking for a career change, you can take the first step with a bachelor’s in Information Technology from the School of Professional Advancement. With driven, collaborative classmates and experienced faculty, you’ll gain practical industry knowledge in relevant information technology fields such as cybersecurity, data and systems analysis, web and application development, and cloud engineering. Cater your degree to your interests by choosing one of our five major concentrations: Integrated Application Development, Product and Program Support, Virtualization and Cloud, Systems and Network Administration, and Cybersecurity.

We place a special emphasis on teaching students how to collaborate, think critically, communicate effectively, and develop IT solutions. Core coursework areas include systems analysis, information technology infrastructure, networks, cybersecurity, application development, and more.

Program Mission and Learning Objectives

The mission of the Information Technology Program at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement is to prepare students who are professionally competent and able to make valuable contributions to an organization in the application of knowledge and skills in information technology to help in achieving organization goals. This mission is accomplished by providing students with a challenging academic program of study, presented by a faculty of experienced information technology professionals and industry thought leaders. The program emphasizes the development of the student’s critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communications skills while developing a depth and breadth of knowledge in the field of study of information technology. The program also fosters a sense of professional ethics and development of professional practices and provides a foundation for lifelong learning in a continually changing profession.

Program Learning Objectives

 

Develop Your Career On Your Time

For added flexibility, this degree program includes core course offerings available online and on campus, including evening and weekend class options. You can complete the program entirely on campus, or combine both online and in-person learning to best suit your schedule. Pursue your education without putting the rest of your life on hold.

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Develop Job-ready Skills for Rewarding Careers

Whether you’re already working in the technology sector or looking for a career change, you can take the first step with a bachelor’s inInformation Technology from SoPA.

Graduates of our program are prepared to work as:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Application Developer
  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems and Business Analyst
  • Project Manager/scrum master
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
  • DevOps Manager

Not only can our program equip students for related positions, but we also help prepare students to pursue post-graduate degrees. Because of the consistent growth and advancement of this particular field, the opportunities for students are plentiful.

Connect With Industry Experts

Our faculty is comprised of information technology professionals with backgrounds in government, academic, and corporate settings. These industry leaders bring real-world experience to the classroom and help students connect with present and future computer science experts through professional networks throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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Admission Requirements

To apply for the BS in Information Technology program, students must have earned a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma prior to the semester in which they would like to enroll. Students are not required to take standardized tests. Transfer students must be in good standing with the most recent prior college attended or have completed any dismissal terms set forth by the previous academic institution.

Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement awards the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree following the successful completion of 120 credits, including 18 credits in the major and 24 credits in the chosen concentration of study.

BS Academic Progress Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to maintain the following minimum grade-point average throughout their enrollment dependant on the total number of credit hours completed:

  • 1-30 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.75 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 31-61 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.85 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 62-93 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.95 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 94-124 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA

Students will be placed on academic probation upon failure to meet these requirements. The cumulative grade-point average of a student is calculated by dividing the number of quality points a student has earned by the total number of quality hours (including credits with failures). Only the grades of S, U, NR, W, and grades in courses affected by SoPA's Repeated Course policy are excluded from this calculation.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

If you're interested in transferring to Tulane SoPA, our advisors can work with you to determine which courses will be accepted and help you navigate the process. We accept credits for transfer from all fully accredited institutions. In order to transfer course credit from another school, Tulane SoPA must offer a comparable course, and the student must have achieved a C- or higher. Courses transferred from other institutions are never figured into the grade point average. Your advisor can also help you in the case that your previous school operated on a quarter system instead of semesters. Tulane SoPA accepts a maximum of 60 hours of transfer credits for bachelor’s degrees.

Visit our Student Transfers page to learn more about this process.

Listing of Required Courses

In addition to the core competencies required for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree, there are six core courses required in the major and six courses required in one of the five major concentrations.

Core Competencies

Course Title Credits
ENGL 1010 Writing 4
  Math – Select two courses: 6
  Any Math  
CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology  
BSMT 3250 Business Statistics  
  (note: only one of MATH 1110, MATH 1140, and BSMT 3250 allowed)  
  Foreign Language or non-Western Culture 6-8

Supporting Requirements

  Oral Communications – Select one course: 3
SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking  
SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications  
THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting  
BSMT 2250 Business Communications  

Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category)

  Humanities (CPST 3050 Technology and Ethics recommended) 12
  Sciences 12
  Social Sciences 12

Writing Requirement

CPST 3050 Technology & Ethics (designated writing course) 3

Major Requirements

  Major Core Courses (See Major Requirements below) 18
  Major Concentration Courses (See Major Requirements below) 24

Minor (optional)

  Varies according to minor chosen  

General Electives

  As needed to total 120 credits  
  Total 120

 

Major Requirements

All Information Technology majors are required to take the following 6 major 3 credit core courses

Major Core Courses

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 1200 Fundamentals of Information Systems and Technology none
CPST 2200 Application Development Fundamentals CPST 1200
CPST 2300 Database Fundamentals CPST 1200
CPST 2500 IT Infrastructure Fundamentals none
CPST 2600 Networking Fundamentals CPST 1200
CPST 2700 Fundamentals of Information Security and Assurance CPST 1200

 

In addition to the major core courses above, Information Technology majors must complete 7 additional 3 credit courses, plus a concentration capstone from one of the 5 following concentration options.

Option 1: Integrated Application Development Concentration

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 2400 Webpage Design and Development CPST 2200
CPST 3220 Object-Oriented Programming with JAVA CPST 2200
CPST 3230 App Development in C++ CPST 2200, 2300
CPST 3250 UI/UX Design CPST 2200
CPST 3310 Relational Database Design and Development CPST 2300
CPST 3550 System Analysis and Design CPST 1200
  Select one course:  
CPST 3400 Website Development with XML/XHTML CPST 2400
CPST 3410 Website Development with JavaScript CPST 2400
CPST 3420 App Dev using Perl CPST 2400
CPST 4100 DB Admin-SQL CPST 2300
CPST 4350 DB Admin-Oracle CPST 2300
Capstone
CPST 4250 Integrated Application Development-Capstone CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3220, 3230, 3250, 3310, 3550

 

Option 2: Product and Program Support Concentration

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 2910 Documentation & Technical Writing CPST 1200
CPST 3250 UI/UX Design CPST 2400
CPST 3500 IT Project Management CPST 1200
CPST 3550 System Analysis and Design CPST 1200
CPST 4500 System Requirements Development and Testing CPST 1200
  Two CPST Electives (2000 level or above) none
Capstone
CPST 4550 Product and Program-Capstone CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 2910, 3250, 3500, 3550, 4500

 

Option 3: System and Network Administration Concentration

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 4610 Windows Server Admin CPST 1200, 2500
CPST 4640 TCP/IP Protocol CPST 2600
CPST 4750 IP Routing and Switching CPST 2600
CPST 4930 Network Security CPST 2600
CPST 3260 Virtualization & Cloud CPST 4610
CPST 4770 Advanced IP Networking CPST 4750
  Select one course:  
CPST 3650 Linux Administration and Linux Security CPST 2500
CPST 4670 Identity & Access Management CPST 4610
CPST 4810 Windows Security CPST 4610
Capstone
CPST 4900 Network Infrastructure-Capstone CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3260, 4610, 4640, 4750, 4770, 4930

 

Option 4: Cybersecurity Concentration

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 3930 Cyber Threats and Cyber Security CPST 2700
CPST 4610 Windows Server Administration CPST 1200, 2500
CPST 4810 Windows Security CPST 4610
CPST 4850 Penetration Testing CPST 2700, 3700
CPST 4870 System Forensics, Investigation and Response CPST 2700, 3700
CPST 4930 Network Security CPST 2600, 2700
CPST 4950 Web Application Security CPST 2200, 2500, 2700
Capstone
CPST 4900 Advanced Computer Security-Capstone CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3930, 4610, 4810, 4850, 4870, 4930, 4950

 

Option 5: Cloud and Virtualization Concentration

Course Title Prerequisites
CPST 3260 Virtualization & Cloud CPST 4610
CPST 3270 Cloud Foundations CPST 4610
CPST 3280 Cloud Architecture CPST 3270
CPST 3290 Hybrid Cloud CPST 3260
CPST 4610 Windows Server Administration CPST 1200, 2500
CPST 4750 IP Routing and Switching CPST 2600
CPST 4930 Network Security CPST 2600, 2700
CPST 4900 Network Infrastructure-Capstone CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3260, 3270, 3280, 3290, 4610, 4750, 4930

 

Read our course descriptions for an in-depth look at our curriculum.

Tuition & Fees

Summer 2019

Summer 2019 Tuition

  • All SoPA Undergraduate: $433/credit
  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,000/credit
  • Non-SoPA summer courses that are not cross-listed: $1,107/credit
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates & Professional Certificates: $433/credit

Summer 2019 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Tuition

  • All SoPA Undergraduate: $474/credit
  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,039/credit
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates & Professional Certificates: $474/credit

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Academic Support Fee: $60
  • Student Activity Fee: $12 per three-credit course ($48 maximum)
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000

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