The more we generate data — through our purchases, our phones, our internet searches, our conversations with Alexa — the more there is a need to analyze, assess, and translate that data, as well as find ways to store and secure it within our web of networked technology.

About Salem’s IT and Data Science Online Degree

Salem University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) with a data science major can position you with the foundational knowledge and technical skills to step into this dynamic industry as a skilled professional in the area of IT and data analysis and management. This program focuses on the fundamental role of IT to serve modern business operations on a national and international level, always keeping in mind Salem’s mission to train the next generation of global leaders. A BSIT degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).

We’ve designed our bachelor’s data science degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule. Salem offers STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the nation and the world.

What Can I Do With an IT and Data Science Online Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in information technology with a data science major can help you reach your career goals by preparing you for entry-level employment in positions like:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Requirements Analyst
  • Data and Technology Consultant

What Will I Learn in Salem’s IT and Data Science Online Degree Program?

As a graduate of Salem’s BSIT — Data Science online degree program, you should be ready to enter the marketplace with demonstrable skills in data mining and warehousing, business intelligence, machine learning analytics, and data analytics. In addition, you will have developed your knowledge of systems management and IT project management skills. The core program provides a foundation for students to learn how to apply information technology theory and principles to address real-world opportunities and challenges in the management and operations of information systems and networks. We unite instruction with real-world application in the classroom, and all of this is brought together in a capstone project where you will demonstrate your mastery of the topics and skills you’ve learned.

In your specialized Data Science courses, you will cover topics like:

  • How to use Structured Query Language (SQL) to update and manage large volumes of institutional information in a standardized way, including adding, changing, and deleting records across multiple data sets
  • The proper storage of information within large, complex databases, how such information is organized, how operational systems are integrated and channeled to a data warehouse, and the use of appropriate tools to analyze and organize data
  • The importance of information security as it relates to data and the applications utilized within the realm of data science, including identifying sources of risk and mitigating techniques
  • How to use business intelligence tools to handle large quantities of data, improve data mining, provide predictive information, and develop business strategies
  • Techniques for analyzing big data, discovering patterns within the unstructured information, and creating more robust, efficient decision-making capabilities for the enterprise

What IT and Data Science Classes Will I Take?

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program with a data science major requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core information technology credits that include:

  • IT110 IT Essentials
  • IT130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • IT150 Computer Programming
  • IT151 Computer Programming 2
  • IT202 Internet Publishing
  • IT310 Database Architecture
  • IT323 Methods of Software Development
  • IT409 Basic Networking
  • IT445 IT Project Management
  • IT499 Senior Capstone Project

You will also take 15 credits in the data science major:

  • CS401 Advanced Database Development
  • CS402 Data Mining & Data Warehousing
  • CS403 Data Science Security
  • CS404 Business Intelligence
  • CS405 Data Analytics

How Long Will It Take to Get My IT and Data Science Online Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a Data Science major in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and career goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology — Data Science online degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.