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Computer Information Technology: Getting an IT Degree Online

April 1, 2015 Information Technology, On-Line Learning, SBC-Online 0 Comments

As computer information technology becomes more integrated in both the professional and social world, more students interested in obtaining a degree are looking to major in this discipline. However, what does the pursuit of such a degree entail, and what can students expect when trying to obtain a computer information technology degree online?

Computer Information Technology: Getting an IT Degree OnlineThe Online Information Technology Degree

There are many reasons people are turning to online degree programs to obtain or finish their degrees. Quite often, students enjoy the freedom to work on their degrees at their leisure rather than conforming to a consistent classroom schedule on a campus. Other students have work schedules that change on a weekly or monthly basis and thus prefer the freedom to read and work on their course materials when it is convenient for them.

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked computer information technology as one of the top 10 most sought-after online degree programs in the United States, right next to business, engineering, education and nursing. With this consistent popularity, there is clearly something to be said about information technology degrees.

What Is Involved?

So what should students looking to obtain an online degree in computer information technology expect? While online degree programs can vary, there is usually a difference between the types of courses students can take between the associate and bachelor's level. Students looking for an associate degree online can expect to take general courses that cover basic computing, basic concepts in computer hardware and software, some general topics in Windows or networking administration, databases and even an introduction to programming.

Students looking to earn an online Bachelor of Science in computer information technology can expect to take similar courses to the associate program, along with courses on topics such as network fundamentals, server administration, security fundamentals, network switching and wireless concepts, wide-area network concepts, Linux system administration and Web programming.

Choosing a Degree

Deciding whether an information technology degree is right for you depends on how in-depth you want to go in the world of information technology. For example, some people pursuing a business degree find a few technology courses are advantageous, while technology students might find that taking peripheral courses in business helps them understand the corporate world in which they might utilize their computer skills.

Nevertheless, online information technology programs will help shape students for a potential career in this area, whether those skills are equipped for programming, network administration, database design or another area of expertise.

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