Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology

Program Overview

The School of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) offers Associate and Bachelor degree programs with majors and minors in Information Technology Sciences to prepare students for various occupations in Information Technology (IT) fields.

The program focuses on areas of IT management, software engineering, cyber security, and IT infrastructure. Students will be knowledgeable and well versed in modern technology concepts, effectively use information resources, do intellectual research, and communicate scientific knowledge.

Students can be confident in the career preparation they will receive since University of the Cumberlands is named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are just over 200 universities nationwide with CAE-CD designation, and only two other universities in Kentucky included in that elite group.

IT Career Growth

The outlook for pursuing a career in Information Technology has never been better. The computer and information sciences industry is in the midst of faster-than-average employment growth projected to last through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This translates into 3.9-4.4 million available jobs between 2014-2024. Check out our blog Top 10 Jobs in Information Technology for more details on potential IT careers.

Influence of Technology

It’s not difficult to see and experience the increasing impact information technology has on our plugged-in world, from enabling driverless cars to diagnosing critical diseases. Because of this, those earning an IT degree have the potential to be an important part of growing fields such as cloud computing and the collection and storage of IT data. These areas need individuals with computer and information sciences skills to take on the roles of computer and information research scientists, computer network architects, computer programmers and support specialists, systems analysts, database administrators and software and web developers.

Increased need for Security

One of the biggest issues driving the growth of the information technology field is the increasing need for security measures in light of increasing activity by computer hackers and related cyber attacks that leak critical information. Individuals earning an online IT degree through University of Cumberlands’ Information Technology program will be well positioned to work for a variety of entities including computer companies, consulting firms and financial institutions by helping to maintain networks, keep clients up-to-date with security measures, and writing new software. Currently, computer systems design and programming services make up 90 percent of IT employment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Real World Information Technology Applications

  • Develop and implement current security policies
  • Manage compliance with federal regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Create disaster prevention and recovery plans
  • Recognize and prevent exploitation in hardware, software and network configurations