Bachelor's Degree

Information Technology Management Specialization, Bachelor of Applied Science in Management

Area of Study
Information Technology
Offered Online
Yes
Program Coordinator

Tanya Knight
(360) 417-6242
tknight@pencol.edu

Program Description  

The Information Technology Management Specialization for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Management degree builds on an existing two year degree, adding upper division coursework to complete a four-year degree. Applicants are accepted year-round. The program can be completed in a two or three-year track and online. Students can enter the program in the fall, winter, or spring. 

This degree is designed to provide program graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to move into Information Technology management or supervisory positions. The Bachelor’s curriculum includes a mix of required core management and general studies courses. 

Program Code: BAMAMBAS

Career Opportunities and Earnings   

Potential careers include:

  • Computer programmer
  • Network or systems administrator
  • Software engineer
  • Web developer

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit and search for the relevant occupational term: bls.gov/oes  

Program Outcomes  

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and use the language, tools, concepts and models of management applicable to the professional/technical discipline  
  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and knowledge in a field specific context  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of management roles and the nature of leadership  
  • Apply the principles and philosophy of management systems  
  • Analyze systems for planning and decision-making  
  • Prepare and complete cost control processes including the ability to establish a budget, prepare cost reports, and forecast expenditures  
  • Employ new and developing information technologies  
  • Acquire, organize, analyze, and interpret information and data to make informed, reasoned, equitable decisions  
  • Identify and describe human behavior in an organizational setting  
  • Identify and analyze human resource systems for employment, compensation and training  
  • Institute and facilitate team-based problem-solving environments  
  • Develop and articulate a statement of values or code of ethics  
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the community and an understanding of issues related to diversity  

Special Features   

  • Students in the BAS program have the advantage of a low faculty to student ratio.  
  • The BAS program does not currently have a waiting list.  
  • The BAS program curriculum is designed to prepare students for completing a master’s degree.  

Program Prerequisites  

Students entering this program should have basic knowledge of a computer and touch-typing skills. It is recommended that online students complete HUMDV 101. Writing classes are embedded in the program. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the use of email are tools BAS students will use throughout the program. Those who are not familiar with or comfortable using those programs should locate online, self-study resources or consider enrolling in courses offered by the college. Students may need to complete prerequisite coursework prior to full admittance to the program. 

  • Completion of a two-year degree or 90 transferrable credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • 5 credits of ENGL& 101 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Approximate Additional Costs  

  • Request official transcripts from outside colleges (estimated): $20  
  • Books, supplies and miscellaneous fees: $2400  
  • Laptop computer: $1000  
  • Personal health insurance (recommended): $39- $190 per quarter  
  • Travel/Transportation: varies  

Current tuition and fee information is published on the College website at pencol.edu or by calling the Student Services Office at (360) 417-6340.  

Financial aid is available to all students who qualify. To learn more about these opportunities, visit pencol.edu/financial.  

Application Process   

Applications for admission are accepted year‐round. Once accepted into the program, students may take courses fall, winter, or spring quarters. To learn more about the application process, visit pencol.edu/applying-program/bas-application-form.  

Note: This schedule is based on full-time enrollment for two academic years. Students who enter the program mid-year will adjust their schedules accordingly.  

First Quarter (Fall)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course is intended for students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Management program where understanding the basic principles of financial and managerial accounting is essential in the successful execution of management responsibilities. The course defines financial statement interrelationships, financial analysis, product cost, budgetary control systems, and information reporting for the planning, coordinating, and monitoring of the performance of a business. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

(Formerly BAS 310) People no longer work for a single organization for the duration of their career. With access to social media and the increased transparency into the quality of management and leadership in organizations, people can be more selective in the organizations they choose to work for. Additionally, society is placing an increasing value on work/life balance, diversity, and organizational justice. Entrepreneurs are experimenting with a variety of organizational structures that differ from the dominant pyramid structure with a single focus on shareholder value. In this course, students will learn management, leadership, and problem-solving techniques and be exposed to a variety of organizational cultures and structures. Learning about the variety of management and leadership styles and organizations allows students to determine what type of manager or leader they want to be or work for and what type of organization they want to work in. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

Business writing course required for students seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Production of business documents, including reports, proposals, letters, memos, essays, emails, and performance evaluations. Group projects and oral presentations. Review of business writing style, paragraphing, grammar, and document formatting. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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15

Second Quarter (Winter)

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Title
Credits
5

The discipline of Management Information Systems (MIS) bridges the gap between computer science disciplines and business disciplines such as marketing, strategic management, and finance among others. The term Management Information Systems encompasses a multitude of definitions depending on the source. The definition applied in this course is that MIS consists of technologies and processes that are used to collect and analyze data, convert it into information, on which a decision can be made, and then disseminate the information to the appropriate people an organization. This course will focus on such topics as information technology (IT) infrastructure, Enterprise Applications, databases as decision support systems, and others. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

Managers will face many important and far-reaching decision making, ethical, and leadership situations in their professional lives. This course provides a systematic way to approach decisions, ethics, and leadership. It analyzes complex decision, ethical, and leadership problems by breaking them into manageable pieces and by providing important insights that will lead to clarity of thought and commitment to action. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

The ability to apply technology and problem-solving skills to complex management problems is essential in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. This course offers an overview of various management problem-solving strategies, tools, and technologies, thus empowering students to tackle real-world challenges in diverse management situations. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Third Quarter (Spring)

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Title
Credits
5

In management, projects are major undertakings that have a limited duration (i.e., finite completion point) and, as such, require a unique approach for administration. Course covers the theory and practice of project management in the context of technical and human resource constraints. Students learn to apply the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques for project activities necessary to meet project requirements through the use of software and the approaches prescribed by the PMBOK. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

This course explores cloud technologies' strategic implications and practical applications in contemporary business environments. The course examines cloud computing principles, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS), and their role in driving organizational agility, innovation, and cost-effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on understanding the strategic alignment of cloud initiatives with organizational goals, evaluating the economic and competitive impact of cloud solutions, and effectively managing cloud resources to maximize value. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Fourth Quarter (Fall)

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Title
Credits
5

Unique aspects of managing and growing small- to medium-sized businesses, including strategic and operational planning, ethical issues, organizational controls and tools, marketing management and techniques, financial analysis and accounting, risk management, human resource management, and international opportunities. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

Presents economic theories used as tools for critical thinking to show how the U.S. economy operates. Emphasis on causes and consequences of unemployment and inflation and how they affect the well-being of Americans. The use of government spending, taxation, and the monetary system to promote full employment and stable prices will be examined. Explores role of energy and natural resources in shaping our economic future. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Social Sciences, Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

This course teaches students how to ensure that the stakeholder security requirements necessary to protect the organization's mission and business processes are adequately addressed. All aspects of enterprise architecture including reference models, segment and solution architectures, and the resulting systems supporting those missions and business processes will be covered. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Fifth Quarter (Winter)

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Title
Credits
5

This course will explore the principles and practices of creating efficient, scalable, and secure databases. The course includes an overview of different types of databases and their proper usage. Students will gain insight into relational and NoSQL databases. Students will learn database design, data modeling, query optimization, and database security needed for managers in IT. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

Overview of the fundamental concepts underlying computer programming languages. Course covers the theory, design, and use of computer programming languages. Students start with a survey of computer programming languages and their various paradigms, syntax, and usages. Students will study computer programming languages' history and emerging technologies. Students will learn the fundamentals and advanced usage of computer programming languages through a deep dive into one computer programming language. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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5

The course covers business intelligence (BI), data mining, fundamental concepts, techniques, and applications to produce data-driven insights and inform strategic decision-making in contemporary business contexts. Topics include data warehousing, preprocessing, data mining algorithms (regression, classification, clustering), predictive modeling, and performance evaluation. Emphasis is placed on integrating BI with organizational decision-making processes and business strategy, with practical exercises using industry-standard tools for data visualization, reporting, and dashboard creation. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Sixth Quarter (Spring)

Catalog #
Title
Credits
BAS 461-465 or IT-BAS 470-475  +
5
5

Course explores strategic issues facing organizations, including top management decision making and social responsibility; environmental and industry analysis; establishing organizational mission and objectives; corporate, business and functional level strategy formulation; global and multi- domestic Strategies; strategic implementation and control; and integrating operations, finance, marketing and human resource strategies. Computer modeling to solve strategic problems is used throughout the class. This class may include students from multiple sections.

Must be seeking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree to enroll. If interested, visit pencol.edu/bas

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15
Total Credits
90