Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies

Plan of Study

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Plan of Study

The OSU Institute of Technology (OSUIT) School of Information Technologies offers a Bachelor of Technology (BT) in Information Technologies with three career options (listed below). All three IT options may be completely fully online (excluding some remedial coursework).

  • Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics: Protect computers, computer systems and networks from threats such as hackers, viruses and worms, and investigate cyber activities.
  • Network Infrastructure: Design, implement and manage network infrastructure, operations and services.
  • Software Development: Design, develop, document, test, implement and maintain computer, database and web applications.

In addition to the OSU Institute of Technology Application for Admissions, two additional documents are required for acceptance into the BT of IT program: a separate application (an Application for Bachelor of Technology) and a BT in IT Background Review and Release form. Both the Application for BT and the Background R&R form should be submitted to the School of Information Technologies the last semester of the student's AAS or the semester prior to beginning the BT in IT if an AAS or higher degree is already held. Official acceptance into the BT in IT program is contingent upon previous completion of an AAS or higher degree.

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Option

Bachelor of Technology in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

The Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics option prepares students for the highly specialized work of protecting computers, computer systems and networks from various cyberthreats such as hackers, viruses and worms, and investigating the who, what, where, when and why of cyberattacks and cybercrimes.

Cyberattacks can have huge economic consequences and organizations rely on digital forensics to detect such incidents and cybersecurity to prevent them from occurring. Our classes incorporate the current technology, software and tools used in the industry, providing our graduates with the skills and experience they'll need for successful careers.

Employment/Placement Demand

Employment of cybersecurity and digital forensic analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024Cyberattacks have grown in frequency, and analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating problems for computer networks. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the federal government is expected to greatly increase its use of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical information technology (IT) systems. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important. Currently there are over 90,000 positions nationwide and growing with typical starting salaries ranging from $50,000 - $100,000 per year.

Network Infrastructure Option

The Network Infrastructure option prepares students for the highly specialized work of designing, implementing and managing network infrastructure, operations and services.

From local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), to intranets, these networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Our classes incorporate the current technology, software and tools used in the industry, providing our graduates with the skills and experienced needed for successful careers as computer network administrators and architects.

Employment/Placement Demand

Employment of network and computer systems administrators and architects is projected to grow 8-9 percent from 2014 to 2024The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their information technology (IT) networks. Designing and building these new networks, as well as upgrading existing ones, will create opportunities for computer network architects. 

Currently there are over 140,000 positions nationwide and growing with typical starting salaries ranging from $55,000 - $100,000 per year.

Software Development Option

The Software Development option prepares students for the highly specialized work of designing, developing, documenting, testing, implementing and maintaining computer, database and web applications.

The surge of smart devices has led to a high demand for software development and a low supply of qualified developers. Our classes incorporate the current technology, software and tools used in the industry, providing our graduates with the skills and experienced needed for successful careers as software designers and developers.

Employment/Placement Demand

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for new applications on mobile devices and tablets will help increase the demand for application software developers. In addition, the health and medical insurance and reinsurance carriers industry will need innovative software to manage new healthcare policy enrollments and administer existing policies digitally. 

Currently there are over 1.1 million positions nationwide and growing with typical starting salaries ranging from $55,000 - $100,000 per year.