Want to be the individual who is responsible for designing, selecting, implementing, and managing computer-based information solutions? The information technology graduate can design and create effective solutions to today's knowledge-based problems. Graduates design video games, create network architectures, configure and administer complex computer and database systems, create effective web sites, or design and process interactive media solutions. In the bachelor's in information technology program, you will create a project solution every semester and hone your team and presentation skills. In addition to selecting a primary focus area, (web, video games or security and administration) you'll be able to create your own secondary focus area that meets your specific career objectives. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Polytechnic campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.
Graduates of the information technology bachelor's program are well-qualified for careers in the management of IT departments and functions. This degree couples technical skills with the business skills needed to manage technical functions. Some graduates may pursue careers as technical support staff based on the focus area and secondary skills they achieve. Graduates will have the ability to manage technical professionals in these focus areas: The focus area in video game design and construction explores the tools, frameworks, technologies and processes underlying the design, construction, deployment and support of video games. Students learn the graphic design processes, guidelines and tools for video games. The focus area in computer and network systems: security and administration provides the graduate with the concepts underlying information assurance, securing computer applications, and secure communication of information. These skills are combined with knowledge in areas of computer systems and networking design, configuration and administration. The focus area in web applications: design and construction explores the tools, languages and frameworks for designing and realizing complex web sites. Students have the options in the information technology program to delve into the back-end of complex web applications to augment their knowledge of the web in the context of principles of human-computer interface design.