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Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology

Contact

Brigitte "Bri" Maheu
Program Advisor
Grossmont College
(619) 563-2833
BMaheu@pointloma.edu

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You’re fascinated by the way multiple parts work together to make entire systems operate.

You understand the need for technologies to integrate, and the need for collaboration among the people operating them. It’s your desire to connect others to their work, combined with your desire to make information systems operate effectively, that pushes you toward a greater calling.

Completing your bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from PLNU will give you the practical skills needed to provide businesses and individuals with IT solutions—making a more connected world possible.

PLNU offers a convenient format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments.

Connect to something bigger.

Be the Bridge Between Technology and People

Gain hands-on understanding of systems—both technical and personal. Be equipped to use information technology to solve business problems. Enable communication between computer systems and lead collaboration among the people operating them.

Be Prepared for the Future

Through courses on hardware, networking, security, programming, database design, and more, you will be prepared for the professional world. Build your resume by taking at least three IT certification tests before you graduate.

Build Relationships with Expert Faculty

Learn from seasoned professors who want to see you succeed—academically, professionally, and personally. Their knowledge and support will ensure that you make the connections needed to align your work with your calling.

In addition, PLNU’s Computer Information Technology degree will ensure your professional readiness by preparing you for the following certifications:

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

This test certifies basic IT knowledge and serves as a stepping stone to more advanced certifications, such as Security+ or Network+.

CompTIA A+

This certification validates knowledge of the hardware and software most commonly used in business and certifies the skills needed to support complex IT infrastructures.

CompTIA Project +

This test certifies the knowledge and skills involved in professional project management. It validates the ability to initiate, manage, and support project and business initiatives.

CompTIA Network +

This certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot wired and wireless devices.

CompTIA Security +

This certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management—knowledge and skills needed to enter an IT security career.

PLNU’s B.A. in Computer Information Technology will prepare you for careers that use information systems in business, industry, government and the non-profit sector, as well as graduate-level study in fields related to information systems.

These careers include:

  • Junior technology security specialist
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Junior business analyst
  • Junior software application developer
  • IT support engineer
  • Hardware and system repair engineer
  • IT solutions specialist
Expected Completion Time

2 years

Program FormatHybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
LocationPLNU at Grossmont
Needed Units to Graduate

120 (48 of the 120 units must be completed through PLNU)

Program Start Date

Spring 2017: January 23, 2017
Summer 2017: May 29, 2017

Cost

$490 per unit for the 2016/2017 academic year

Ready to get started?

IMPORTANT DATES

Spring 2017 Program Start Date: January 23, 2017

Summer 2017 Program Start Date: May 29, 2017

Learning Outcomes

When you complete the CIT degree completion program, you will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate information technology infrastructure necessary to meet an organization’s business needs.
  • Develop, plan, and evaluate appropriate processes for managing information systems and information technology projects.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate software solutions to meet an organization’s business needs. 
  • Apply technical knowledge to solve problems.
  • Speak and write about your work with precision, clarity, and organization.
  • Collaborate effectively in teams.
  • Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and cite information for the task at hand.
  • Gather relevant information, examine information, and form a conclusion based on that information.
  • Understand and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

 

Dr. Michael Leih

Dr Michael Leih, Ph.D.


Professor | Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology

The Computer Information Technology program blends traditional classroom instruction with practical technical training activities. The program focuses on the core IT subjects of hardware, networking, security, database technologies, web technologies, and programming with an emphasis on preparing students for some of the most popular professional IT certifications in the industry.

Program Prerequisites

Incoming students must have completed a computer concepts course or an introduction to computer technology course or have significant work experience in the field of computer technology to admitted to the program. If you do not have any experience with IT or have not taken a basic IT class, the course CIT 153 IT Fundamentals must be taken in advance of your first CIT class. CIT 153 is offered each semester before the start of the next cohort, so a next semester start is still possible. Please contact an advisor for more information.

All students entering the program must provide their own laptop computer and be able to bring their laptop to class each week. The minimum technology requirements for the laptop computer are:

CIT Minimum Technology Requirements

  • Each student is responsible for supplying their own laptop meeting the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Each student is expected to have their laptop available at each class session unless instructed otherwise by the course instructor.
  • Each student is expected to setup and maintain their laptop to be connected to the campus wireless network.

The following are the minimum hardware/software requirements.

  • Hardware:
    • Laptop computer with the following hardware levels:
      • Processor: i5 2 core (4 core preferred) processor 2.0 GHz or greater
      • LCD: 13 inch or greater
      • Memory: 6GB or more of RAM
      • Hard Drive: 80 GB or more of free disk space
      • Other drives: DVD+/- RW
      • Wireless network adapter
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7 or Windows 10 with current service patches OR
    • Mac 10.8 (or later) with VMware Fusion 5.0* (or similar Virtual Machine software) and a Windows 7 or 10 OS environment.
      • *Student is responsible for purchasing VMware Fusion and Windows OS if using Mac OS.
  • Software
    • Required software supplied by student
      • Current OS security patches and fixes
      • Current Virus Scanning Software
      • MS Office (2013 or later)
      • VMware Fusion 5.0 if the student is using MacOS

The Selection Process

We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing your application thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admission. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be admitted into PLNU's degree completion program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*

You must also have attained the minimum age of 23, OR minimum age of 21 with an associate’s degree, OR minimum age of 21 with significant work experience.

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  • Submit online application for admissions 
  • Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to: 
      Point Loma Nazarene University 
      Office of Graduate Admissions 
      3900 Lomaland Dr. 
      San Diego, CA 92106
    • Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to: 
      gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
  • Submit a 500-600 word essay with your online application in APA Format including the following:    
    • Why you wish to join the BA in Computer Information Technology program 
    • Your relevant academic and professional experience
    • Your future career or life goals
  • Complete an interview with your enrollment counselor.
     

NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

**General education deficiencies may be completed after admission, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the general education areas—with the exception of English Composition and Math.

***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELO’s) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the GE outcomes that we value are demonstrated.

Still have questions? Our enrollment counselors are here to help.

Faculty

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Mood holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. His research interests include computer security, particularly as it relates to mobile devices. Dr. Mood has worked on projects funded by DARPA.
Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Carter holds a Ph.D. in computer science from UCSD. Prior to doctoral work, she earned an M.S. in computer science from CSU Northridge. With a specialty in computer architecture, she has worked as a technical writer and maintenance programmer.
Department Chair, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Zack holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UCSD. Her industry experience includes consulting work for the Institute for Defense Analysis Center for Communications Research, as well as involvement in strategic planning efforts in the U.S. and abroad.
Professor, Computer Information Technology
Dr. Leih holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University and a M.S. in Computer Science from California State University at Fullerton. He has over 20 years’ experience as an IT professional.

List of Courses

Prerequisite course(s)

CIT153: IT Fundamentals (3)

Required Courses:

CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking (4)

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of hardware and networking concepts including hardware components, network protocols, mobile devices and hardware and networking troubleshooting. In addition, students will acquire hands-on experience by working with hardware and networking simulators. The course aligns with topics covered in CompTIA’s A+ 901 certification exam.  Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 153 – IT Fundamentals or equivalent academic or work experience.

CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security (4)

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of operating systems and security concepts including extensive topics in the Windows operating system, other operating systems, system security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. In addition, students will acquire hands-on experience by working with networking and security simulators. The course aligns with topics covered in CompTIA’s A+ 902 certification exam. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 153 – IT Fundamentals or equivalent academic or work experience.

CIT 261 – IT Fundamentals Exam Prep (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to prepare for the CompTIA’s IT Fundamentals certification exam. The course is intended for students who have already completed the CIT 153 – IT Fundamentals course or have equivalent academic or work experience. Students will be required to complete a predetermined number of practice certification exams, assess knowledge domain deficiencies, and focus on acquiring the requisite knowledge to pass the certification exam. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within the assigned course time.  Attempting the certification exam within the assigned course time is also required. Although passing the certification exam is not required to pass this course, the results of the certification exam will be used to determine the final grade in the course. Students already holding a current certification for this course are not eligible to take this course.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 153 – IT Fundamental or equivalent academic or work experience.

CIT 311 – A+ Exam Prep (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to prepare for the CompTIA’s A+ certification exams (part 901 and 902). The course is intended for students who have already completed the CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking and CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security courses. Students will be required to complete a predetermined number of practice certification exams, assess knowledge domain deficiencies, and focus on acquiring the requisite knowledge domains to pass the certification exams. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within the assigned course time. Attempting the certification exams within the assigned course time is also required. Although passing the certification exams are not required to pass this course, the results of the certification exams will be used to determine the final grade in the course. Students already holding a current certification for this course are not eligible to take this course.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking and CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.

CIT 314 – Networking (4)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding to a wide range of network architectures and configuration options. The course explores the concepts of physical and virtual network design options and network administration requirements. The course will cover the topics of wired and wireless networking, network optimization and management, virtual local area networks, network types, network hardware and software and networking standards. In addition, students will acquire hands-on experience by working with networking and security simulators. This course aligns with topics covered in the CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking.

CIT 324 – Security and Information Assurance (4)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding to the concepts of data and network security. Other topics include access control, authentication, authorization, data security and integrity, encryption, recovery, and business continuity. Students will gain hands-on experience with firewalls, network security, application security, email security, and tools for securing, monitoring and auditing the IT network and systems environments through system security simulators. This course aligns with topics covered in the CompTIA’s Security+ certification exam. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.

CIT 334 – Project Management (4)

This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of project management with an emphasis on managing unique challenges of information technology (IT) projects. Students will be introduced to the IT project management process using industry accepted methodologies. Extensive case related work will be used to help students understand the important aspects of time, performance, cost, and risk estimation in relation to the unique conditions often present in IT projects. Each of the critical phases of the IT project management process will be reviewed in detail using practical examples from the IT industry. Students are also introduced to computer-based project management software such as MS Project. This course aligns with topics covered in the CompTIA’s Project+ certification exam and the PMI’s CAPM certification exam. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking and CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.

CIT 354 – Database Design (4)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth, hands-on introduction to designing and implementing databases that use relational technologies with a significant market presence. Hands-on assignments using an industry standard DBMS, such as MS SQL, MySQL, or Oracle Server will receive significant coverage in the course. SQL and various vendor extensions to the language will be covered. In addition, some advanced topics such as stored procedures and triggers will be covered. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking and CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.

CIT 364 – Web Design and Scripting (4)

This course is designed to provide in-depth, hands-on instruction in designing and scripting Web sites using HTML5 and CSS3 standards. Techniques in page layout and graphic design will be introduced. Assignments will focus on hands-on use of modern web development practices using integrated development environments. In addition, the course will introduce popular website development and content management tools such as WordPress to show alternative development approaches to HTML5 and CCS3. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 153 – IT Fundamentals or equivalent academic or work experience.

CIT 414 – Web Programming (4)

This course is designed to provide a practical approach to web development using either server side or client side scripting languages, such as PHP, ASP or JavaScript. This course teaches the core language and implementation of webpage based scripting. Students will learn the web programming language and practices through many hands-on assignments in developing web based applications. The integration of databases, such as MySQL or MS SQL will provide additional depth of knowledge. In addition the course will introduce other forms of modern web based protocols, such as XML, JSON and SOAP. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 354 – Database Design.

CIT 424 – Visual Programming (4)

This course is designed to provide a practical approach to event based visual programming using modern-general purpose programming languages, such as C#, Java, Python or Visual Basic. This course teaches the core concepts of programming, such as proper variable usage, decision structures, iterative structures, common data structures, and proper programming logic. Students will learn the programming language through many hands-on assignments in developing event based and visual computer applications. The integration of databases, such as MySQL or MS SQL will provide additional depth of knowledge. In addition the course will introduce object oriented programming techniques and the use of complex data structures. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 354 – Database Design.

CIT 434 – Management of Information Systems (4)

This course is designed to provide in-depth review of modern information systems management strategies and approaches. Topics in the course include management of operational strategy, server and network management practices, data reporting systems, social media management, business and IT strategic alignment, and disaster recovery. A review of incident cases will provide students with an understanding of how the course concepts can be applied in real world situations. Taught as a quad.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 214 – Introduction to Hardware and Networking and CIT 224 – Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.

CIT 481 – Information Technology Project (1)

This course is a study of a selected problem or topic in Information Technology under the direction of a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor and student propose the research topic and course deliverables. Approval by the program director or department chair is required. The course may be repeated for a total of two units. Course is graded as credit/no credit only.
Prerequisite(s): Student has completed at least 16 credit hours in CIT course or related academic field and received permission from the faculty advisor.

BST 304 – Biblical Perspectives (4)

This course reflects PLNU’s commitment, as a Christian liberal arts college, to nurturing an appreciation for Scripture as the basis for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and to integrate faith, learning, and living.

Elective Courses (choose 2):

CIT 141 – Intermediate Excel (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to develop a deeper knowledge of MS Excel functionality. The course will expand upon basic spreadsheet functions and introduce topics such as cell validation, advanced cell formatting, conditional functions, goal seek, pivot tables, multi-sheet functions, and other advanced topics. Students will complete knowledge assessment through hands-on simulation labs and online exams. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within assigned course time.
Prerequisite(s): A working knowledge of MS Excel that includes the use of cell entry, formatting, and use of common functions.

CIT 321 – Network+ Exam Prep (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to prepare for the CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam. The course is intended for students who have already completed the CIT 314 – Networking course.  Students will be required to complete a predetermined number of practice certification exams, assess knowledge domain deficiencies, and focus on acquiring the requisite knowledge domains to pass the certification exams. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within the assigned course time.  Attempting the certification exam within the assigned course time is also required. Although passing the certification exam is not required to pass this course, the results of the certification exams will be used to determine the final grade in the course. Students already holding a current certification for this course are not eligible to take this course.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 314 – Networking.

CIT 331 – Security+ Exam Prep (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to prepare for the CompTIA’s Security+ certification exam. The course is intended for students who have already completed the CIT 324 – Security and Information Assurance course. Students will be required to complete a predetermined number of practice certification exams, assess knowledge domain deficiencies, and focus on acquiring the requisite knowledge domains to pass the certification exams. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within the assigned course time. Attempting the certification exam within the assigned course time is also required. Although passing the certification exam is not required to pass this course, the results of the certification exams will be used to determine the final grade in the course. Students already holding a current certification for this course are not eligible to take this course.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 324 – Security and Information Assurance.

CIT 341 – Project+ Exam Prep (1)

This course is an independent study, self-paced, competency based course designed for students who wish to prepare for the CompTIA’s Project+ certification exam. The course is intended for students who have already completed the CIT 334 – Project Management course. Students will be required to complete a predetermined number of practice certification exams, assess knowledge domain deficiencies, and focus on acquiring the requisite knowledge domains to pass the certification exams. A faculty advisor provides support and accountability in completing the requirements of the course. Although the course is self-paced, a minimum amount of progress must be made each week and all course requirements must be completed within the assigned course time. Attempting the certification exam within the assigned course time is also required. Although passing the certification exam is not required to pass this course, the results of the certification exams will be used to determine the final grade in the course. Students already holding a current certification for this course are not eligible to take this course.
Prerequisite(s): CIT 334 – Project Management.

CIT 471 – Information Technology Practicum (1-4)

This course is a supervised experience in which the student works with industry professionals to gain experience with managing information systems. The course may be taken for 1 to 4 units based on the number of engagement hours in the practicum. This course may be repeated to a total of four units. This course is graded as credit/no credit only.
Prerequisite(s): Student has completed at least 16 credit hours in CIT course or related academic field and received permission from the faculty advisor.

CIT 481 – Information Technology Project (1)

This course is a study of a selected problem or topic in Information Technology under the direction of a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor and student propose the research topic and course deliverables. Approval by the program director or department chair is required. The course may be repeated for a total of two units. Course is graded Credit/No Credit only.
Prerequisite(s): Student has completed at least 16 credit hours in CIT course or related academic field and permission from the faculty advisor.