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Computer Science vs. Computer Information Technology Degrees

Let’s Start with the Basics… Are You Looking for a Computer Science Degree or a Computer Information Technology Degree? The answer may surprise you.

Most people think of “computer science” as the catch-all term for computer degrees. The fact is, the two couldn’t be more different. A degree in Computer Science studies the “science” aspect of computers whereas a Computer Information Technology degree and foundation prepares you to work hands-on in the IT Industry.

We offer computer degrees with specialty focuses:

Computer Information Technology is a customizable degree that is designed to provide students with the qualifications to work in a generalized IT field while allowing students to choose the electives that best suit their knowledge, skills, and experience – uniquely qualifying them for success.

Cybersecurity and Networking is a degree that provides students with the opportunity to dig deep into cybersecurity and cyberattacks using simulations and tools found in the workplace to understand not just how security attacks happen, but how to prevent them.

Software Development is for students who are interested in programming and coding. This is a comprehensive degree for students who are interested in developing SAAS software, internet-related software (such as web design or e-tools), gaming software, or apps.

At Hodges University, we specialize in the hands-on side of the IT world to get you into the job market sooner – with the right skills and embedded specialty certifications. (See below for full information on our degree programs)

Women in Technology

At the Fisher School of Technology, we believe that the inclusion of all individuals, including women and those from underrepresented populations in STEM, is critical for the continued growth and success of the IT field.

Look at it this way, technology corporations of the future are looking for new and innovative ideas that work for everyone. Without the input of technology-focused women in leadership roles, the development of products we use every day falls short of meeting the needs of the women who use them.

“What many people don’t understand is that computing is the foundation of just about every other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline,” said Lanham. At Hodges University, the Fisher School of Technology offers degrees that help students develop the skills needed to make a positive impact in the technology sectors of our business community.

It has been shown that girls do not pursue technology careers at the same rate as their male counterparts because they are not exposed to computer hardware, software, and coding at a young enough age to pursue computer information technology degrees. Instead of coming into the college environment with similar knowledge as their counterparts, women feel behind and end up abandoning what could be an excellent career pathway.

Paving the way for women in tech fields everywhere!

Computer Information Technology Programs

Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology

Our AS in Computer Information Technology provides a strong basis for either an entry-level position in the IT field or to discover your individual area of focus as you proceed to your Bachelor level degree.

  • May prepare students with a broad scope of knowledge across introductory areas of the technology field.
  • May prepare students for entry-level help desk or support type of IT positions in any industry.
  • Java Programming I provides an essential understanding of programming, which may benefit students as they proceed to their chosen field of focus.
  • A+ Hardware I and II courses include access to customized LabSim content presenting students with a wide array of virtual simulations that may be applied to future classes and real-world environments.
  • Students choose their desired field of interest and select electives based on their specialization choices. General Computer Information Technologies, Programming and Coding, or Cybersecurity and Networking coursework may provide the basis needed to pursue the bachelor’s degree of choice.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology

Our BS in Computer Information Technology allows students to customize their degrees based on individual skills and passion for the IT field.

  • Powershell scripting courses may offer students the unique opportunity to gain the real-world network administration experience necessary to create and run reusable scripts in a variety of network environments to complete repetitive and complex tasks within an organization of any size.
  • Earn your industry certifications and degree simultaneously. Available industry certifications include MOS, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, CCNA, MCP, CompTIA Security +, & CompTIA Linux+.
  • Choose the Computer Information Technology pathway if you are looking for a versatile degree that is adaptable to a wide variety of technology-focused careers within any type of organization.
  • Electives allow students to integrate cybersecurity, networking, database management, or software programming skills to design a degree that customizes the learning experience to support the overall goals of each individual student.
  • Students may learn how to break down business problems to determine an appropriate IT solution, then create a viable pathway for the full-scale implementation process, including training of personnel and ongoing maintenance planning.

Cybersecurity and Networking Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Networking

Our BS in Cybersecurity and Networking is delivered with an interactive, hands-on methodology (using actual tools found in the work environment) for leveraging network solutions, and cyber detection and prevention that may provide you with needed skills starting on day one.

  • Students are presented with the opportunity to learn how to harness the power of PowerShell in a Windows environment so that they may leverage network administrative tasks across an entire organization through the scripting process.
  • Hodges U provides virtual machines for students to set up a variety of mock network configurations to write, test, and execute PowerShell scripts, which may help to build and refine their skills before entering the workforce.
  • Earn your industry certifications and degree simultaneously. Available industry certifications include MOS, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, CCNA, MCP, CompTIA Security +, & CompTIA Linux+.
  • Learn cutting-edge solutions for current cybersecurity and networking issues from faculty who have relevant practical in-field experience. Listen as your professor, who works at a governmental agency, provides incredible, real-life examples of cyberattacks and explains not only how the attack was leveraged, but also how it could have been prevented. This knowledge translates into training on how to best detect and shield an organization from a cyberattack, as well as how to organize and complete organizational triage after a successful attack has been leveraged against an organization.
  • Students could expand their security skills in our Ethical Hacking course. Students are immersed into an interactive environment where they are shown how to scan, test, hack, and secure their own systems. The lab intensive environment readies each student with in-depth knowledge and practical experience with current essential security systems.
  • Our IT classrooms run on an independent network allowing students to use simulation software for networking, security detection, and incident analysis. This simulation opportunity may help students develop and strengthen cybersecurity and networking skills by allowing them to run tests and simulate situations for real-world, real-time learning that complements traditional instructional methods.
  • Students will have the opportunity to create a variety of virtual networks with servers and workstations, learn how to operate any size network effectively and efficiently, and learn how to detect, resolve, and prevent various types of security threats on an organization’s networked resources.

Software Development Degree Programs (Coding and Computer Programming)

Bachelor of Science in Software Development

Our BS in Software Development may prepare you to design something great. Whether you’re interested in creating software, web-based development, or the gaming world – we’ve got you covered.

  • Java Programming II may provide students with interactive advanced programming practices. Students could gain skills in writing complex software code that maximizes execution time and the storage space that the software program needs to properly execute and function.
  • We cover a broad scope of security issues that are commonly found in software programs and may ready students to construct code that is succinct, highly functional, and secure.
  • Gain insight into how to apply the skills you’re learning to real-world IT environments from professors working in the industry.
  • Students may develop their coding skills and their ability to integrate viable software solutions by working across multiple programming languages such as Java, Python, C++, HTML, CSS, XML, javascript, Visual Basic, SDL libraries, C#, SQL, MySQL, and other various software engineering applications.
  • For students pursuing gaming, we provide instruction in Introduction to Game Programming and Mobile Application Development along with Internet Application Programming and Databases.
  • For students interested in web-based software development, we offer instruction in Java Programming, Programming Concepts II, Web Design I, Organizational Applications of Social Media and Collaborative Technologies, e-Commerce, Mobile Application Development, and Internet Application Programming and Databases.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn coding languages as part of their degree program, with no boot camp required. Hodges U provides courses in Java, Python, XML/Java (app development), C++, HTML, PHP, Visual Basic (VB), C#.
  • Use the coding skills you’ve learned on projects such as creating an Android app, developing software programs using Java, or creating a foundational game incorporating sound files, tile maps, and rolling background to enhance the gamer’s overall experience.
  • Learn how to balance your coding skills in conjunction with creating a positive overall user experience.

What sets Hodges University Apart

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If you are looking to study computer-related degrees, you probably want to know why you should attend Hodges U. Our programs are uniquely designed to ready you to deliver results on complex, IT-related projects.

  • Industry-related IT courses that are formulated to build essential knowledge as students proceed through their chosen degree pathways.
  • Interactive learning is at the core of each of our IT courses. Hodges U takes active learning to a whole new level by providing simulation labs, virtual machines, and virtual networks for students to test their skills and knowledge before they are asked to perform in the workplace.
  • Every student is introduced to the basics of programming using Java and learns to apply programming concepts to complete very basic software development tasks. Students get the opportunity to write simple programs that exemplify the cohesion of software functionality with network installations and security protocols.
  • Project management is integrated into every IT degree program in order to promote the skills that will help students to manage multiple simultaneous IT projects found in today’s work environments.
  • Students may take industry certification exams at Hodges U at a reduced student rate, either as a stand-alone certification or as part of their coursework. Upon graduation, students could also receive skill-specific certificates in addition to their degree diploma.
  • Each BS Information Technology Degree ends with the Systems Analysis & Solutions Architecture course. This course provides students the opportunity to showcase their understanding of how to transform business requirements through the entire systems development life cycle to produce a finalized plan for the implementation of an integrated information system within an organization, thus providing evidence that the student is ready to take on an IT job within their specified field.

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