B.S. Information Technology Areas of Study
The WGU Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program was developed in consultation with our IT Council, which is made up of industry experts representing all facets of the discipline from the high-tech business world to national research laboratories. The degree uses industry-endorsed certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, and CIW to validate a student’s skill competency. Additionally, the competencies in quantitative literacy, language and communications, and problem solving assure that the graduate has the well-rounded educational background that is required in today's challenging environment.
Information Technology Fundamentals
IT Fundamentals I
This course focuses on networked resources, hardware and software for the Internet business, and web browser function, use, configuration, and customization.
IT Foundations helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior.
IT Applications helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior.
Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on application of grammatical standards, reading skills, basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.
Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
Content includes problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.
English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.
Included in this course are the following main topics: proofs, set theory, logic, number theory, mathematical systems, modular arithmetic, and graph theory.
English Composition II
Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Understanding algebraic functions and their graphs as well as methods for solving equations and inequalities allows you to model real-world phenomena and solve problems. Engaging in this course will help you build these skills, as well as build a strong foundation in algebra for further mathematics courses you may complete for your degree program. Additionally, this course aims to help you build your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, which can be used in any course, job, or situation.
Integrated Natural Sciences
Integrated Natural Sciences explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students begin to see and draw numerous connections among events in the natural world. Topics include the universe, the Earth, ecosystems and organisms. Students apply scientific concepts in the examination of natural science fundamentals.
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.
Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.
Introduction to Physics
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and unifying concepts of physics.
Web Development Fundamentals
These courses introduce the fundamentals of web development, which will enable the student to design, develop, and deploy a website. Students will create web content using HTML 5 and gain the knowledge to style and create layouts using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will also learn how to host and upload a website to a free web server.
Web Systems and Technologies
This course focuses on using and updating web client software, web page creation and programming languages, dynamic web page fundamentals: e-commerce infrastructure, and identifying suspicious network activity and selecting the appropriate strategy to counter it.
This course focuses on applying characteristics and features of web programming languages, creating, modifying, and utilizing variables and data, decision structures, understanding functions, methods, properties, and events, client side web programming language, custom web programming language objects, controlling windows in a web programming language.
Windows OS/Server Admin Fundamentals
Operating System Fundamentals
This course focuses on operating system configurations, installing and upgrading client systems, managing applications, managing files, folders, and devices, and understanding operating system maintenance. The Operating Systems Fundamentals course is for current and aspiring information technology professionals who want to learn the basics of operating systems. This assessment will help students master installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of one of the world’s leading operating systems: Windows 7.Windows 7 is widely used in different industries and provides robust functionality that was not previously included by any client operating systems developed by Microsoft. Mastering the basics of this operating system will help students become an expert in information technology and a savvy user.
Windows Server Administration
This course focuses on server installation and roles, active directory, storage technologies, and server performance and maintenance. It is designed to provide candidates with an assessment of their knowledge of fundamental server administration concepts. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams.
This course focuses on network infrastructures, wired and wireless networks, network hardware, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI), and protocols and services.
This course focuses on network topologies including: protocols, ports, addressing schemes, routing, and wireless communication standards; physical and logical topologies, including wiring standards; differentiating, installing, and configuring network devices; troubleshooting network connectivity and performance issues as well as common security threats; and using hardware and software utilities to track and maintain network performance in optimized state.
Leadership and Management
Organizational Behavior and Management
This course explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.
Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.
Database Fundamentals focuses on core database concepts, manipulating data, data storage, and database administration. All IT professionals should have, at minimum, a basic familiarity with database technology; this basic familiarity should be at a level above what one might find outside of IT. This course supplies at least that level of expertise.
This course focuses on security layers, operating systems security, auditing policies, network security, client security software, and server security software.
This course focuses on basic concepts of security and security threats; recommending security procedures and controlling access by authenticating users and groups; identifying security needs and recommending appropriate security practices and strategies; encryption in network security; procedures for organizational operations; and evaluating risks associated with network security and recommending monitoring strategies and methods.
This course focuses on skills and concepts students need to know to plan and implement projects. The project initiation and planning process is covered in-depth, culminating in the creation of a project schedule. Learning how to manage business concerns such as cost and risk is balanced by thorough coverage of best practices in managing people and resources. Students will also learn how to manage change and the steps necessary in closing a project.
Software Development Fundamentals
This course focuses on the fundamentals of core programming, object-oriented programming, software development, web applications, desktop applications and user interfaces, and databases.
Operating Systems I
This course focuses on system architecture, installation and package management, GNU and Unix commands, devices, filesystems and filesystem hierarchy standard.
Operating Systems II
This course focuses on shells, scripting and data managements, user interfaces and desktops, administrative tasks, essential system services, networking fundamentals and security.
The technical writing requirement draws from the evidence students have accumulated in improved proficiency in research and professional written communication; the ability to think about and write for different audiences; and improved style, grammar and syntax.