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B.S. in Information Technology

Information Technology

Application Deadlines

December 1 Spring semester (January)

March 1 Summer session 1 (June) and Summer session 2 (July)

May 1 Fall semester (August)

These are the priority application deadlines for admission and merit-based scholarship consideration. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid, but programs with higher admission standards will give priority consideration to applications submitted by these dates. Please view important dates on the academic calendar.

WUE-eligible program

Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate. 
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Our undergraduate information technology program provides students with skills in networking, security, and information management. Students will learn how to manage and technically support networks and data stores and apply and adapt computer systems and applications used to process data and documents within a secure network.

Why Information Technology?

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 have the ability to: create network architectures within a secure infrastructure, configure and administer complex computer and database systems; and, design and process interactive information management solutions, including big data applications. Students will create a project solution most every semester and hone team and presentation skills. In addition to selecting a primary focus area, (networking and security, information management, or enterprise computing) students will be able to spend the last two semesters developing and demonstrating a project-based solution to an information technology centric challenge.

The Information Technology, B.S. program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/factbook/data.

Additional Program Fee: No

Career Outlook
Graduates of the information technology bachelor’s program are well qualified for careers in the information management functions of an IT department. This degree couples technical skills with the business skills needed to manage technical functions. Some graduates may pursue careers as technical support staff, including network security analyst. Based on the selected focus area and secondary skills achieved, there are myriad information technology opportunities in today’s “tech savvy” global environment.

Learn more about career outlook, example careers and average salaries.

4+1 Accelerated ProgramAccelerated bachelor’s and master’s program (on-campus only)
This degree is offered as an accelerated degree with the on-campus M.S. Information Technology. The accelerated bachelor and master degree is designed to provide selected high-achieving students with the opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework and accelerate graduate degree completion. This program allows accelerated students to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Eligible students will be advised in their junior and senior years by their academic department to apply. This is only available for BS IT on-campus students. To review eligibility requirements, please visit: Polytechnic School Accelerated 4+1 Degree Programs.

Information Technology Program Educational Objectives

Information technology is for those who want to be 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.

The goal of the Information Technology program is to produce graduates who have the ability to show several of the following characteristics at or within a few years after graduation, depending on industry expectations:

  • As our graduates mature, they will hold positions of increasing responsibility and leadership within their respective IT organizations;
  • Our graduates will have made demonstrable progress toward a graduate degree or be considered for technical promotion within three to five years of graduation;
  • Our graduates will continually demonstrate professional ethical standards as they hold positions of increasing responsibility within their organizations;

Information Technology Student Outcomes

These are the documented student outcomes used to ensure students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT) meet IT Program Educational Objectives.  These outcomes coincide with ABET criterion three.  These outcomes identify knowledge expectations for a graduating student in the Information Technology program.

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Information Technology knowledge to solve relevant problems in business, government, or society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze Information Technology problems and create solutions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate Information Technology challenges in order to meet desired objectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function in a team environment to achieve a common goal.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze the local and global impact of Information Technology on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for Information Technology.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core Information Technologies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation, and administration of core information technologies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.