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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Information Technology

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Overview

There’s never been a greater need for professionals with the knowledge to navigate the continually changing landscape of digital information. FIU Online's fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology prepares graduates to excel in a world increasingly focused on information technology. Advance your knowledge and earn one of the most in-demand bachelor’s degrees with a curriculum that includes courses in programming, software development, information systems, database development, computer networking, operating systems and more. Learn from the same top-ranked faculty and industry experts that teach on campus.

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With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors and collaborate with classmates on projects. It's the convenient, flexible and affordable approach to a better future.

Why Apply?

FIU Online's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology includes hands-on skill development, with a focus on becoming proficient in new, innovative technologies. You’ll build your technical abilities, be prepared for real-life situations, and be able to apply your extensive knowledge of computers, programming, and all IT-related tasks to the professional world—from business to government to education to non-profit organizations. The Florida Board of Governors has recognized FIU as a top institution for training tech talent for its innovative approaches in educating the next generation of top computing specialists. 

Career Opportunities

Many of our information technology graduates have gone on to excel in positions that include systems administrators, applications support specialists, database administrators, computer programmers, computer analysts and computer support specialists. Businesses and organizations in every industry rely on computers and networks to create opportunities and solve challenges. With your FIU Online BS in Information Technology, you’ll be prepared to be an information technology specialist in any type and size of organization in a rapidly expanding job market. According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the average median salary for computer and information systems analysts is $127,640 annually nationally, with a projected growth of 15%. 

Courses

Prerequisites

All students must have completed the following courses (or equivalent) prior to starting the BA in Information Technology program:

  • COP 2250 Programming in Java
  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology
  • MAD 1100 Math Concepts for IT or COT 3100 Discrete Structures
  • CGS 1920 Introduction to Computing
  • CGS 2518 Computer Data Analysis or CGS 2060 Introduction to Microcomputers or CGS 2100 Introduction to Micro for Business
  • MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

Core Courses

All students must complete all of the following courses:

  • CEN 3721 Human Computer Interaction
  • CGS 3767 Computer Operating Systems
  • CGS 4285 Applied Computer Networking
  • CGS 4854 Web Site Construction and Management
  • CNT 4403 Computing and Network Security
  • COP 3804 Intermediate Java
  • COP 4703 Information Storage and Retrieval
  • COP 4814 Component-Based Software Development
  • CGS 3095 Technology in the Global Arena
  • ENC 3213 Professional & Technical Writing
    • or ENC 3249 Professional & Techical Writing for CS

Electives

Students must take 5 elective courses.  Select two areas of concentration and select at least two courses in those two selected areas (4 courses). The fifth course may be selected from any area of concentration.

System Administration

  • CIS 4431 IT Automation
  • CNT 4603 System Administration and Maintenance
  • CTS 4348 Unix Admin

Application Development

  • COP 4005 Windows Programming for IT
  • COP 4655 Mobile App. Development
  • COP 4813 Web App. Programming

Network Administration

  • CNT 4504 Network Administration
  • CNT 4513 Data Communications

Database Administration

  • CTS 4408 DB Admin
  • COP 4722 Survey of DB System

Free Electives

All students must complete additional general elective courses to reach a minimum of 120 total credits. Prerequisites can count as general electives.

Interdisciplinary Credits

Nine credits must be taken outside SCIS. These credits must be selected from the courses for a minor or certificate in another discipline. All nine credits must be taken from the same minor or certificate.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.
  • Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the University Core CurriculumUniversity requirements and School of Computing & Information Sciences requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Information Technology major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required.  The School of Computing and Information Sciences advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Rick Blazek

Professor Blazek came to FIU after almost twenty years teaching at Robert Morris University Illinois. He holds an MA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology as well as MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science. Blazek worked as a computer consultant in Oil and Gas, Retail, and Construction Engineering for more than ten years both before and after gaining his PhD. His passion for teaching and desire to understand new technologies has lead him to ongoing research in Database and Information security. Since joining FIU in 2004, Blazek has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at FIU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Debra Davis

Professor Davis received her PhD in Cognitive Developmental Psychology with a minor in Statistics in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin.  She received her Master's degree in Computer Science from Florida International University in 2000.  She also received her Master's in Developmental Psychology with a Minor in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1993, she received her B.A. with Academic and Research Honors, Psychology, minor: Computer Science, Florida International University.

Caryl Rahn

Professor Rahn received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 1978, and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She spent over 20 years working in industry and taught for about 18 years. She is an author on two United States patents written while working at IBM.

Michael Robinson

Professor Robinson earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from FIU in 2007 and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2005 from FIU.

@ A Glance


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