Bachelor of Applied Studies in Information Technology

IT PhotoThe Clarke University TimeSaver program offers a Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree in Information Technology to adults with an associate of applied science degree. The curriculum is designed to enhance the student’s abilities while preparing them for advanced roles in their current occupation.

The Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree was developed in an effort to address the needs of area businesses and is based on the characteristic skills and knowledge possessed by effective information technology professionals. Employers seek trained professionals who can contribute both technical and broader needs to their company. This innovative curriculum encompasses these needs through upper-level professional coursework and general education classes to fine-tune important skills including public speaking, critical thinking, conflict resolution, business management and information technology-based coursework.

The BAS program provides alternative methods of lifelong learning by integrating prior associate of applied science degrees with 30 credits of Clarke’s general education courses and 30 credits of IT courses. Coursework and technical skills received in the student’s specialized area is recognized by transferring up to 64 credits from their associate of applied science degree.  AAS graduates may use this degree opportunity to expand existing knowledge and skills in IT or to enter into the field from another discipline. No previous IT coursework or experience is necessary.

Major Requirements

For a Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) Degree in Information Technology, a maximum of 64 semester hours may be transferred from any accredited associate of applied science (AAS) degree program.  A minimum of 60 semester hours must be taken at Clarke University.  Students must meet all of the general education and major concentration requirements of the BAS program.  If general education or concentration coursework is transferred from the AAS, additional college electives shall be taken to complete the 60-hour requirement. See Computer Science section for departmental mission, outcomes, and course descriptions.

General Education Core Requirements

The following core courses must be taken as part of Clarke’s general education curriculum:

GNED 120 Writing Practicum
GNED 123 Speech
PHIL 110 Fundamentals of Philosophy
PHIL 225 Applied Ethics: Business
RELS 100 Foundations of the Spiritual Life

The following courses are divisional and elective requirements within the general education curriculum:

CIS 101 Computer Applications in Business
BUEC 120 Introduction to Economics
MATH 117 Pre-Calculus with Algebra OR
MATH 220 Introduction to Statistics

Two additional divisional electives from:

Fine Arts
Social Sciences
Math/Natural Sciences

Information Technology Major Requirements

BUMG 112 Principles of Management
CIS 103 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
CIS 201 Advanced Computer Applications in Business
CIS 211 Introduction to Programming
CIS 220 System Development Methodologies
CIS 327 Distributed Systems and Communication
CIS 336 Database Design and Implementation
CIS 445 Operating Systems
CIS 340 Computer Security OR
CIS 350 Web Programming
CIS 400 Capstone: Advanced Concepts in Information Technology

A student must earn at least a C- in all courses required for the major. Ordinarily, no course may be repeated more than once.

How will my credits transfer?

Computer Information Systems Major (Kirkwood)
Computer Analyst: Business and Web (NICC)
Computer Analyst: Network Admin (NICC)
Computer Support Specialist (SWTC)
Network Communication Specialist (SWTC)
Web Analyst Programmer (SWTC)

Application to Major in Information Technology

Prior to applying for a Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) Degree in Information Technology (IT), a student must successfully complete the following courses:

CIS 103 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
BUMG 112 Principles of Management
CIS 201 Advanced Computer Applications in Business

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