Bachelor of Science

Information Technology with a concentration in System Administration

Be the most valuable resource in your company, armed with complete knowledge of technology, software, programming and business theory from your degree. IT is among the top-growing fields, and not slowing down anytime soon. So get your edge with extensive programming and problem-solving skills to become the best. And if that's not enough, you will be prepared to successfully complete up to 13 industry-recognized certifications upon graduation.

The online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology couples a bachelor’s degree with industry-recognized certifications in information technology to provide graduates with an advantage when beginning their career in the IT field. When you graduate, you will be prepared to successfully complete up to 13 industry-recognized certifications from Microsoft to Comp TIA.

TU will prepare you with hands-on applications for administration, design and implementation of secure computer networks. Centering studies on best practice administration across Microsoft, Open Source and Cisco products will guide you in administering computer environments that are scalable, secure and available.

As a student in the program, you will implement these products with a security-based approach and build countermeasures for defending services. Hands-on application of classes will enable you to embrace the concepts studied in lecture format and apply those concepts in a laboratory setting. The program is designed for students who are pursuing employment in the technology field in careers such as: Systems Administration, Network Administration, Database Administration, Security Management and Director of IT.

Projected Industry Growth​

  • IT related jobs (especially those in security) are in the top-growing fields for the past five years.
  • “U.S. News” rates IT jobs as the 8th best job for growth in 2016.
  • “Computer World” suggests a 22% job growth in the IT field for the next three years.

Program Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. They accredit business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Institutions with this accreditation are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

Student Opportunities In Business & Related Fields

Below are just a few examples of the variety of opportunities you’ll have as a TU student to make connections outside of the classroom. These clubs and organizations will provide you with real advantages and resources.

Business Club – provides opportunities for students to gain a valuable understanding of the business world. Club activities include bringing in speakers to address the issues of graduate school opportunities, career concerns, etiquette forums that focus on acceptable forms of behavior for the workplace and providing opportunities for valuable experience.

Circle K International (CKI) – a collegiate service organization with a worldwide membership that promotes fellowship, leadership and service.

Delta Mu Delta – a national honor society in business.

Hospitality Club – provides awareness to educate you on the unprecedented growth rate of the hospitality industry, the diverse career opportunities available and the current industry events impacting the global economy. Members attend regional and national hospitality conventions, trade shows and expositions.

Student Government – TU’s Student Government is primarily involved in organizing the campus programming, social activities and serving as the voice and advocate for students concerning campus matters.

Also available to TU students are other clubs, organizations and special interests that include: American Marketing Association (AMA), Criminal Justice Club, The Tystenac (TU’s School Newspaper) and Greek Organizations.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Information Technology Major 27 hours
Open Electives/ Minor 24 hours

  • CIS201 Programming
  • CIS315 Database Design and Apllication I
  • CIT320 Computer Architecture and Diagnostics 
  • CIT344 Information Security
  • CIT361 Network Mangement and Administration
  • ITS106 Introduction to Information Science
  • ITS120 Current Trends in Virtual Computing
  • ITS215 Open Source Computing 
  • ITS345 Computer Law Ethics  

Systems Administration Concentration 21 hours 

  • CIS412 Project Manager
  • CIT362 Data Communications and Networking
  • ITS370 Server Administration
  • ITS375 Open Source Security 
  • ITS430 Enterprise Administration
  • ITS465 Wide Area Networking and Switching
  • ITS495 Capstone Project 

Total BS hours 127-134 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no related concentrations available

Server Administration (ITS370) - This course prepares students to install, configure and administer Windows Server Active Directory. Students will be prepared for the Microsoft MCSA certification on Windows Active Directory. 

Open Source Security (ITS375) - This course prepares students to install, configure, secure and administer an Open Source Server. Students who take this course will be able to properly configure a Linux server for LDAP, Email, DHCP, DNS and VPN access. 

Enterprise Administration (ITS430) - This course will give a student extensive experience in Windows Server Management and Administration. Emphasized are Windows deployment services, network infrastructure servers, RRAS, RADIUS, NAT, IIS, terminal services, imaging, virtual machines, network load balancing, backup strategies and fault tolerance. This course will build a strong foundation in preparation the Microsoft MCSA certification. 

Wide Area Networking and Switching (ITS465) - This course prepares students for a portion of the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification Examination. It prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install, configure, update and troubleshoot switched LANs and VLANs. Students will learn additional skills including classless IP addressing, configuring single area OSPF and EIGRP, switching concepts, configuring CISCO switches, configuration of VLANS, concepts and configuration of VTP, Access control lists, introduction to wireless LANs, advanced IP addressing techniques such as Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT), DHCP, and WAN technology and terminology, including PPP, ISDN, DDR, Frame Relay, network management and introduction to optical networking. In addition, the students will prepare for taking the CCNA Exam.

Capstone Project (ITS495) - This course is designed to encompass every aspect of the Information Technology degree. Students will design a final project that includes aspects from networking, security, program management, computer law, hardware, Windows OS, Linux/Unix OS and programming/scripting. 

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Disaster Recovery & Storage Administrator
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Information Technology Director
  • Linux Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • PC Repair Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Repair Technician
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems Administrator

The program is still new, but we have recently graduated two students who earned employment within weeks of graduation in the following positions:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Napoleon High School

Faculty

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

KiddM@tiffin.edu
734-649-9518

Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

Assistant Professor of Information Technology

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D. Capella University
  • M.S. in Technology Studies/Information Assurance, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Information Assurance/Network Security, Eastern Michigan University
  • A.A.S. in Network Administration, Washtenaw Community College

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

After high school, Michael spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a Network Analysis/Administrator. After leaving the Army Michael spent the next 10 years working as a Computer Network Administrator and Penetration Tester for companies in industries such as Law, Health Care, Industrial, Service, and small business environments. Along with his education and experience, Michael currently holds certifications in IT that include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft SQL, and CISSP.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

Testimonials

  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • The on-campus events and activities that are offered have made it easy to learn about a number of different topics. I also believe because of the diverse population here at TU it allows me to gain a broader perspective of different cultures and customs that I have not encountered before.

    -Payne VanTilburg '16

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