Put your passion for information technology into practice. The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology introduces you to information technology concepts and principles in programming, data analytics, cybersecurity, and networking. Learn the essential foundation of technical skills necessary for additional skill building as you enter the IT field.
Your prior eligible credits could help you graduate faster and for less.
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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 provides comprehensive Cybersecurity awareness and a fundamental understanding of various computer and network security threats, such as: Identity Theft, Fraud, Online Scams, Viruses and Backdoors, Hacking, Social Engineering Attacks, and more.
This course provides students with a basic understanding of programming development practices. Concepts covered include the application of algorithms and logic to the design and development of procedural and object oriented computer programs to address the problem solving requirements associated with business information systems. This course will cover procedural programming concepts, including data types, controls structures, functional decomposition, arrays, files, classes, and objects.
This course introduces practices in data analytics foundational to the industry and the field of data analytics. Covered are theories of analytics, the phases of the analytics lifecycle, analysis and exploration of data, relevant statistics for data modeling, data visualization, and the tools used for data analytics.
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.
General Education Courses
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.
The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
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 introduces students to thinking about and working with numbers by examining the day-to-day and societal importance of money.
This course extends practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis is given to developing an effective writing process that takes into account audience and rhetorical purpose.
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 provides an overview of the key components of comprehensive wellness. Based on a preventive model, the course will allow learners to explore choices that promote wellness with goals of living longer and better.
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 an introduction to personal computers (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+ 220-1101 exam.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
This applications-driven course prepares students to critically analyze and solve problems using quantitative reasoning. Students approach real-world scenarios using numerous reasoning skills and mathematical literacy to draw conclusions.
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+ 220-1101 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 align with the requirements of the CompTIA A+ 220-1102 exam.
Requirements: 60 credits
You’ll need 60 credits to complete this Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology. Your course schedule may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.
6 Core Courses
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills to succeed in an IT environment.
12 Gen Ed Courses
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in IT — they’re useful in daily life.
2 Elective Courses
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in, whether they’re related to your degree or not. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night because our online classroom is available 24/7/365. Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology.
Your prior eligible college credits can save you time and money, helping you graduate faster. That’s why we’ve accepted credits from 5,000+ institutions. Check to see if you can apply eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college toward a degree of your choice.
You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.
When you earn your Associate in Arts in Information Technology, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. You’ll learn how to:
Evaluate information technology solutions to address common business problems
Determine information systems security solutions to secure the data, users, and devices on a network
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for computer systems analysts is projected to be faster than average between 2022 and 2032.
The BLS Projected Growth for 2022-2032 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
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We don’t know what the field is going to look like three years from now. We just know the threats are growing exponentially. We have to prepare the workforce to be prepared to take on those threats.
Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz Faculty, College of Business & IT
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