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Information Technology Degrees at CTU Colorado Springs
A bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT) at CTU Colorado Springs provides students with the opportunity to develop the necessary tools to manage and disseminate the flow of information throughout an organization. Students also have the potential to develop foundational knowledge in relevant technologies and technical skills, such as networks, database design and cybersecurity. Additionally, you can learn how to use real-world applications to solve technical problems.
Today, technology touches everything. For example, it’s the way we stay connected, pay our bills and improve productivity. Even industries that aren’t thought of as “technical” employ technical staff.1 This means students who earn an Information Technology degree can pursue opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Some IT-related careers include:
- Computer network architect
- Software developer
- Computer programmer
- Computer systems analyst
- Database administrator
- Information security analyst
- Computer systems administrator2
CTU’s Information Technology faculty brings both academic knowledge and real-world experience to their classrooms. Our instructors are committed to teaching students the principles and skills necessary to pursue the Information Technology profession, and they strive to be available to students seeking learning support or professional advice.
At CTU Colorado Springs, we understand industry certifications are an important component of some Information Technology students’ career paths. Therefore, our Information Technology bachelor’s degree program are designed to help students prepare for the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams, both of which are highly regarded by hiring managers. In fact, 91% of employers surveyed in a 2015 CompTIA study felt that Information Technology certifications play a significant role in the hiring process.3
Campus and Online IT Programs
Our Colorado Springs location and Virtual Campus offer the following Information Technology degrees and concentrations:
Associate of Science in Information Technology
Our associate degree in Information Technology provides the opportunity for students to develop relevant skills in the IT field. The curriculum combines business, hardware technologies and coding, and students have the opportunity to learn how to address a wide range of business challenges with practical Information Technology solutions. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to develop proficiencies in industry-relevant software tools, learn basic network architecture, and structure and study general protocols for data communication. Required classes likely include UNIX Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Database Systems and Fundamentals of Networking, to name a few.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
CTU’s bachelor’s degree in IT is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of Information Technology, including the foundations of programming, systems administration, security, architecture, databases and ethics. Also, you can choose from numerous specializations to focus your degree on a specific subject:
- Data Management
- Network Management
- Software Application Programming
- Software Systems Engineering
- Web Development
Our project-based curriculum is designed to provide students with industry-relevant, first-hand knowledge of the design, development and delivery of high-quality IT solutions, and you will have the opportunity to create a personal portfolio of IT projects that you can use to demonstrate your skills to potential employers. Examples of courses you could take include Introduction to Website Development, Structured Query Language for Data Management and Introduction to Programming Logic. We also offer a BSBA - Information Technology degree for those looking to explore business fundamentals in addition to IT.
Master of Science in Information Technology
Our master’s in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program offers students the opportunity to prepare to build advanced foundations in the IT environment, including enterprise data management, networking and telecommunications and information systems security. Students in the MSIT program select either a general degree option or choose to concentrate in one of three areas of study: Project Management, Security Management and Network Management. Courses students can take include Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence Systems & Methods and Enterprise Network Architecture, for example.
Information Technology Job Growth
Due to the widespread use of computer technology, the growing complexity of data-storing systems and the advent of the “app economy,” Information Technology professionals are in demand – creating a large number of fast-growing opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of Information Technology positions is projected to grow by 13% by 2026.4
Study When You Want, How You Want
At CTU Colorado Springs, you can combine on-campus and online classes to meet your Information Technology degree requirements on a schedule that works for you. Designed for convenience for students of all backgrounds – from those with full-time jobs to stay-at-home moms with families to active military members –Information Technology degree students who take advantage of our blended class options may be able to schedule their coursework around their personal and professional obligations. Blended class options are designed to help you build a coursework schedule that suits your individual learning style as well as your lifestyle.
Develop Relevant Skills
CTU’s Bachelor of Science in IT degree is designed in accordance with CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ standards, and the courses you take while you pursue your degree in Information Technology can also help you prepare for these certifications. CompTIA certifications are a globally recognized benchmark for skilled professionals in a range of IT disciplines.5, 6
The Fast Track
The CTU Fast Track™ program is designed for students with prior knowledge who want to accelerate their IT degree program. With Fast Track, you can participate in a series of exams designed to test your understanding of crucial course objectives, giving you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know and may allow you to complete your degree program faster. By passing a CTU Fast Track™ exam, you can save up to 30% in time and money by earning college credit for what you’ve already learned. As an added bonus, Fast Track exams are available at no extra cost to all CTU students.
If you are interested in the IT programs at CTU Colorado Springs, our Admissions Advisors can help. Request information today.
1. “4 Reasons to Make a Career Pivot to Tech in 2017.” Forbes. Retrieved from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kaytiezimmerman/2016/12/20/4-reasons-to-make-a-career-pivot-to-tech-in-2017/#2dee45e27b8e (Visited 11/21/17).
2. “Computer and Information Technology Occupations.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/print/home.htm (Visited 11/10/17).
3. “5 Reasons Why Employers Look for IT Certifications.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://certification.comptia.org/docs/default-source/downloadablefiles/hr-perceptions-of-it-training-and-certification.pdf (Visited 11/10/17).
4. “Computer and Information Technology Occupations.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (Visited 11/10/17).
5. “CompTIA Network+.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/network (Visited 1/4/18).
6. “CompTIA Security+.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/security (Visited 1/4/18).
Colorado Technical University does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by Colorado Technical University but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to Colorado Technical University. Therefore, Colorado Technical University cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.