At first glance, these degrees may seem similar, but there are important differences between the two.

Working on a laptopThe field of information technology is constantly growing. Almost every organization relies on some aspect of information technology for computing, storing and sorting data, and/or protecting information. That’s why computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026—faster than the average for all other occupations.1 A positive job outlook and the opportunity to use technology to improve business continue to make information technology a popular field for undergraduate study.

But not all information technology degrees are the same. For instance, at some schools, you can choose between a BS in Computer Information Systems and a BS in Information Technology. Which one should you pursue? Before making a decision, it’s important to understand the difference between the two.

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Curriculum

Students in a BS in Information Technology program learn to design, implement, and evaluate computing-based solutions for their organization or industry. They also learn to analyze and solve complex computing programs and identify user needs. At Walden University, the BS in Information Technology program offers five concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals— Cyber Security and Forensics, Database Administration and Data Center Operations, Networking and Operations, Self-Designed, and Web and Mobile Applications Development. Coursework is tailored to your choice of concentration, but the general curriculum includes classes on infrastructure, networking, and programming.

Students in a BS in Computer Information Systems program learn to communicate with information systems stakeholders, support the management of information systems, and work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems. Computer information systems degree students also learn business concepts that help them identify the computing requirements of organizations. At Walden, the BS in Computer Information Systems degree program has a General Program, as well as three concentrations—Cyber Security for Information Systems, Information Systems Management, and Web and Mobile Applications Design. Unlike the BS in Information Technology curriculum, the BS in Computer Information Systems curriculum includes business courses on management, accounting, operations, and statistical methods.

Careers

A variety of careers exist in the information technology field. Depending on what role you intend to pursue, you can determine if a BS in Information Technology or a BS in Computer Information Systems will better suit your goals. Graduates who have a bachelor’s in information technology can serve in roles in customer support or IT support, database administration, network operations, or network security. Database administrator jobs are expected to increase by 11% from 2016 to 2026.2

A graduate who holds a computer information systems degree might become a computer and information systems manager. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information systems managers earned a median salary of $142,530 per year in 2018.3 The occupation is expected by grow 12% from 2016 to 2026.4

How Can I Earn a Bachelor’s in Information Technology or Computer Information Systems Degree?

You can earn these degrees online at Walden University. These online degree programs combine hands-on experience and theory to prepare you for the workforce from wherever you are. Upon graduation, you can have the confidence you need to begin your job search in a dynamic and important field.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering BS in Information Technology and BS in Computer Information Systems degree programs online. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm
Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm
Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-5
Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-6

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.

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