You’ve discovered your passion for information technology, now put it to practice. Build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of IT with an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology. Then go beyond the basics with specialized electives in cybersecurity foundations, network defense, or data management made to focus your education in the areas that interest you most.
This course transitions students through the foundations of study at University of Phoenix. Students develop personal strategies for achieving educational goals and develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
This course provides an applied approach to team building, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students must understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics are also explored.
This course introduces the basic concepts of human nutrition to highlight ways that students can integrate healthy nutrition into their lifestyles. Principles of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutrition practices, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Practical application of these principles to the students' lives is emphasized.
This course provides an introduction to personal computer (PC) and mobile devices commonly used in business and non-profit industries. Topics include the fundamentals of hardware components, architecture, configuration, upgrade, and repair. This course also provides an introduction to hardware troubleshooting and computer support. This course and CIS/293 are aligned with the requirements of the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam.
This course provides an introduction to computer networking, network troubleshooting, and desktop support. Topics include networking design and implementation. CIS/293 provides hands-on practice troubleshooting hardware and desktop support issues aligned with entry-level desktop support. This course and CIS/291 are aligned with the requirements of the CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of personal computer and mobile device operating systems. Topics include software configuration, file and data management, synchronization, and troubleshooting. Cloud concepts and the integration of cloud services in the work environment are introduced. This course and CIS/297 aligns with the requirements of the CompTIA A+ 220-902 exam.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of network security across devices. Topics include operational procedures and best practices for troubleshooting and providing end-user support. This course provides theory and practice troubleshooting operating systems across devices. This course and CIS/295 align with the requirements of the CompTIA A+ 220-902 exam.
The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the United States and around the world.
This course provides students with an introduction to the organization, administration, and functions of American state and local governments. The relationship between state and federal governments is also analyzed.
This course provides a foundational perspective for ethics and social responsibility in relationship to individuals, organizations, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the interrelated nature of ethics, morality, legal responsibility, and social issues.
This course is designed to introduce biology at an entry level by examining the hierarchy that ranges from the fundamentals of cell biology to the physiology of organisms, and the interactions among those organisms in their environment. The topics in this course include cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, physiology, and ecology.
This course will examine the basic principles of chemistry conceptually and specifically. The course will apply chemical concepts to address relevant issues ranging from atomic structure and chemical reactions to organic and biological chemistry. The course topics include matter and energy, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear, organic, and biological chemistry. Students will apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.
This course introduces students to creative writing in various genres. The purpose of this course is to develop and expand students’ imaginative writing processes and to develop and expand their understanding of the human experience through creative writing. This would include identifying elements of writing and developing skills and techniques for creative writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writings.
This course introduces algebraic concepts providing a solid foundation for college algebra. Topics range from properties of real numbers, the order of operations, and algebraic expressions to solving equations and inequalities. Additional topics include polynomials, factoring methods, rational and radical expressions as well as graphing and functions.
This course introduces the fundamentals of computer systems and the role of information processing in today's business environment. An overview is presented of information systems, systems development, database management, networking, and the Internet.
This course will prepare students to support Microsoft® Office applications. The student will learn the product features of Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook®. This course is based on the requirements of the Microsoft® Office Specialist certification.
This foundational course covers networking basics. In this course, you will learn about network architecture, including network infrastructure implementation, addressing schemas, routing, unified communications, and cloud computing. Understanding computer networks and network components is essential for any IT professional. This course covers the objectives for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.
This course introduces general concepts of information systems security. Content includes governmental views, positions, risk assessment, and management. Coursework explores other concepts; including contingency and business resumption planning, backup schemes and implementation strategies, as well as various types of invasive actions and prevention measures.
This course is a survey of Windows® Server Configuration. Topics emphasize the structure and the various applications supported by Windows® Server. The course includes access to hands-on Windows® lab exercises.
General Education Courses:
GEN/201: FOUNDATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY SUCCESS
PSY/110: PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
ENG/100: CRITICAL READING AND COMPOSITION
HUM/115: CRITICAL THINKING IN EVERYDAY LIFE
FP/100T: EVERYDAY ECONOMICS AND FINANCES
ENG/200: RHETORIC AND RESEARCH
SOC/110: TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SCI/220T: HUMAN NUTRITION
CIS/291: PC AND DEVICE FUNDAMENTALS
CIS/293: NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING AND SUPPORT
CIS/295: INTRODUCTION TO PC AND MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS
CIS/297: COMPUTER SECURITY AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT FUNDAMENTALS
HUM/186: MEDIA INFLUENCES ON AMERICAN CULTURE
POL/215: STATE AND LOCAL POLITICAL PROCESSES
ETH/316: ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
BIO/101: PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
CHM/110: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY
ENG/340: CREATIVE WRITING
MTH/219T: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE ALGEBRA
MTH/220T: COLLEGE ALGEBRA
CIS/207T: INFORMATION SYSTEMS FUNDAMENTALS
CIS/211: OFFICE SOFTWARE SUPPORT FUNDAMENTALS
NTC/248: FOUNDATIONS OF NETWORKING
CMGT/245: IS SECURITY CONCEPTS
WEB/240: WEB DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
POS/221: WINDOWS SERVER CONFIGURATIONS
Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for an online Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology.
What you'll learn
When you earn your AA in Information Technology, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
Reasoning clearly and critically in a business setting
Communicating verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and correct manner
Effectively accessing and using information
Working effectively in diverse groups and teams
Careers & Outcomes
Career opportunities for graduates of this program
The data provided below is designed to be one of many informational sources available to help you explore possible educational pathways so you can pursue the career of your choice.
Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
What can you do with an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology?
An AA/Information Technology can prepare you become a:
Computer systems consultant
This information is not specific to University of Phoenix.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for computer systems analysts is projected to be faster than average between 2018 and 2028.
This information is not specific to University of Phoenix.
Paying for school
Cost per credit
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