Explore Business Management with Information Technology Fundamentals
Designed for working adults, an online business management degree with a concentration in the fundamentals of information technology is directly applicable to the organizational challenges you face every day. Whether you're changing careers or seeking to advance in your field, this specialized business management degree in information technology can help you reach your professional goals.
Learn how to integrate core business functions in finance, economics, and marketing to strategically address complex issues in today’s ever-evolving business landscape. By becoming trained in key business operations, you will learn to use network components, fundamental cybersecurity concepts, and key functions of database design to examine data and test and develop applications at an organization. Earning a business and information technology degree online will shape you into an effective leader and increase your value at your workplace from your first day of classes.
Build Your Career Future
Having a degree can increase both your immediate job prospects and your long-term career potential. Our accredited online business management degree with a specialized track in IT fundamentals provides you with the business acumen and subject matter expertise necessary to succeed in a variety of career paths, training you in both foundational business skills and in-demand soft skills that you can carry through your career.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named the Best Private Online College by Intelligent.com
What Can You Do With a Degree in Business & IT?
Professionals with academic backgrounds in business management and IT will be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths, including administration services, business analysis, operations, sales, and more.
Due to an increasingly complex global business landscape, business and financial occupations are expected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030. The median annual wage for these roles is $72,250.* Additionally, computer and IT occupations are expected to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030. The median annual salary for information technology professionals is $91,250.*
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020; jobs titles: Payscale, 2020
- Business Development Specialist
- Computer Programmer
- Computer Support Specialist
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Financial Analyst
- IT Manager
- Management Consultant
- Office Manager
- Operations Manager
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Sales Representative
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online business management bachelor's degree with an information technology fundamentals track, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online business management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Business Core Courses (36 credits)
Management Core Courses (15 credits)
Track/Custom Course Sequence (15 credits)
General Education Courses (30 credits)
Science Literacy (4 credits)
Human Thoughts & Creative Expression (3 Credits)
Human Behavior & Social Institutions (3 Credits)
Historical Perspectives (3 Credits)
General Electives (11 credits)
Business Core Courses
The perspectives, beliefs, and preferences of employees in today's workplace are more diverse than perhaps ever before. Today's high-performing managers are those who foster inclusive, positive, and responsive organizational cultures for their people. But with such varied perspectives, what cultural considerations make the most sense for an organization? Management in the 21st Century will teach students how to foster a workplace environment where people can flourish and are motivated to meet objectives and ambitions for the organization.
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
Managerial accounting focuses on the needs of management for accounting information to make informed decisions in the internal operations of a company. Topics include decision-making, accounting for planning and control, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting.
Business analytics and data visualization transform data into business insights to allow for better decision-making. This course utilizes a combination of existing datasets and common analytics tools to teach new and emerging managers, without backgrounds in data science, how to evaluate data, consider available options, and present a graphical representation of data outcomes for decision-makers.
The American Marketing Association defines Marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. In this course, students will learn marketing terminology and principles including the marketing mix, marketing segmentation and how external forces impact marketing strategy as well as how marketing fits into the organization.The impact of ethical issues, diversity, globalization and social responsibility on marketing decisions will also be examined.
All businesses have information systems, and the vast majority of them are computerized. Students will study the development and use of information systems to achieve organizational goals. From a management perspective, students will learn how information systems enhance business processes, how to use information systems as a competitive advantage and their usefulness in integrating across organizations. Other topics include IS security, ethical issues surrounding information systems and the consequences of its international reach.
Business managers must have an understanding of how organizations are financed in order to make more informed decisions. Managers must also recognize and assess the role of investment to business operations. By exploring the Time Value of Money and applying this principle to borrowing and lending decisions, students will learn how certain financial, capital budgeting and resource allocation decisions are made. Students also will learn how business forecasting assists business managers in developing longer-term strategic plans.
Finding and utilizing the right data and information to help with business decision-making - this skill is indispensable to any business professional, no matter the field or discipline of business. Students learn how to find data - the right data - efficiently and accurately, using advanced search methods. Students will harness major resources and utilize databases, government resources, and financial websites. Students will also learn to utilize a system for developing research questions, choosing the right resources to substantiate a research plan and evaluate and organize business data into useful forms.
Ensuring a positive experience and lasting customer/client relationships is crucial for business managers across employment sectors - public, private, and non-profit. Topics such as business process management, customer experience management, customer relationship management, customer service support, and related performance measurements and technologies are covered in this course. Assignments and discussions require application and synthesis of business knowledge and include global issues such as the generation of revenue through strong customer relationships and related outsourcing issues. Students also begin to view business as a group of integrated processes, rather than a group of functional silos.
Principles of Economics introduces the fundamental concepts of economics - the study of how people manage resources, and how they react to scarcity. This course focuses on both microeconomics (the behavior of consumers and companies) and macroeconomics (large-scale economic factors such as employment and interest rates), so that you'll gain a broad understanding of how a modern market economy functions, how decisions in business settings are informed by economics, and how economics applies to your everyday life.
Uncover and develop creativity by participating in exercises and experiences that guide students through an exploration of various methods of non-traditional thinking. Students use creative thinking to imaginatively solve problems. Both individual and group techniques are used.
Must complete 60 credits before taking this course.
Students will learn how to create conditions for successful conflict engagement, a necessary skill for any professional. The course focuses on the foundational capacities to remain calm and connected with oneself and others. In this state students can access helpful ideas and responses and be their best selves regardless of environment. Improving facility for conflict creates stronger relationships and reduces fear. By the end of the course, students will understand that disagreement and difference can become a source of personal and interpersonal growth.
Management Core Courses
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Project Management is the formal application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project-based activities to meet organizational requirements. Project management is accomplished through the use of processes such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. Project managers can divide projects into these phases to provide better management control with appropriate links to the ongoing operations of the organization. Collectively, these phases, known as the project life cycle, form the foundation for the practice of project management and are guided by the Body of Knowledge from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
As business environments become more complex, the accompanying dilemmas require a more advanced problem-solving process. Students are introduced to methodology for analyzing data and applying appropriate techniques for unconventional and creative solutions. They will learn how to systematically analyze a problem, generate innovative and provocative ideas for solutions, make choices among those ideas, and evaluate the results.
Strategic management refers to creating, implementing and evaluating cross-functional decisions to achieve long-term objectives. Students use a holistic perspective to integrate knowledge of all business processes to recommend and evaluate strategic decisions. Specific topics include (1) creating strategy using situation analysis, self-evaluation and competitor analysis (2) determining resource need and availability and analyzing an implementation plan and (3) evaluating criteria such as suitability, feasibility and acceptability. A computer simulation allows students to make decisions and learn from their results.
In this final course for CPS business majors, you will complete a comprehensive project that integrates the knowledge you have gained throughout your business program into a work-based learning activity. You will work collaboratively with the instructor, your peers, and, if you choose to, a mentor. Through the project, relevant readings and discussion,you will become reflective and integrative thinkers and self-directed learners.
108 completed credits
General Education Courses
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to become effective and versatile communicators across media and settings. Students will examine and respond to a range of interpersonal situations through the critical evaluation of the three essential components of all communication: its purpose, audience, and context. Students will leave the course with the ability to reflect on and adapt their strategies to successfully and consistently communicate for a range of purposes across diverse settings.
This course draws on fundamental concepts of contemporary group communication research to help students identify and develop strategies to communicate effectively in small groups and teams for the cooperative purpose of advancing common goals. Students will draw on listening and responding strategies learned in COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication and apply them to communicating as a leader or member of a small group. They will also learn how to recognize and manage the types of conflicts that can arise in small groups. Prerequisite: COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
Students will learn to navigate the rapidly changing nature of communication in the digital age, exploring electronically-mediated communication platforms, social networks, and online social media, while applying specific communication theories in order to determine best practices. Through reading, discussion, and assignments, students will work to overcome online communication barriers and gain a critical understanding of which tools are effective in which situations.
Take COMM-130 Interpersonal Communication
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts needed to communicate effectively in writing for academic study and professional development. Students will learn how to use the four stages of the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--to create written communication that meets its intended purpose for its intended audience. Students will also be introduced to rhetorical modes and their role in the development of written communication. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
This course builds on students' proficiency in the writing process and rhetorical modes to introduce the use of evidence from sources in written communication. Students will learn to determine the need for evidence from sources, identify types of information resources, develop effective search strategies, and incorporate evidence from sources in written communication legally and ethically. A minimum grade of C is required for this course to meet a general education requirement.
Complete ENGL-100 with a minimum grade of C or better
This course will introduce students to major streams of social justice thought, including historical social justice movements, theoretical problems having to do with social equality, personal freedom, marginalization, and stigmatization, and the ways in which civic and professional communities respond to these issues.
Mathematical reasoning, when applied to everyday and professional lives, has two dimensions: logic for deterministic situations and probabilities for non-deterministic situations. This course aims to help students develop these mathematical reasoning skills.
Accurate and appropriate visual data representation is increasingly critical in today's work environments. Students will develop skills in data organization, manipulation and interpretation in a way that supports data-driven decision-making and effective communication of numerical data
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Historical Perspectives Course
Students will study important themes in the social history of the United States since the Civil War. This course allows students to expand their critical thinking skills through an examination of primary and secondary sources. Themes might include: the evolving status of women; the immigrant experience; the concept of the American dream; the paradox of freedom vs. slavery; the minority experience; the tensions between social classes. Students will be evaluated primarily on writing assignments.
Choose One Science Literacy Course
Introduces students to the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and exercise. Emphasis will be placed on human body systems such as musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory, and their relationship to nutrition and fitness. Students will also study the biochemistry of energy conversion as it relates to exercise physiology. Laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce, by a hands-on approach, the principles discussed in lecture. Course includes two laboratory hours per week.
Students learn the biology, genetics, chemistry, and physics involved in the forensic investigation of crimes. A wide range of topics are studied including DNA, entomology, fingerprinting, trace evidence, serology (blood, saliva, and semen), blood spatter, and chemical analysis of drugs, alcohol, and other compounds. Students apply their new knowledge of forensic science through the use of case studies and laboratories. This course includes two laboratory hours per week.
If you have taken FOR-110 you may not take this lab science course.
Choose One Human Thought & Creative Expression Course
With pressure and release, a window opens and closes, recording light on a sensor. The simple action captures the instinct, judgement, and skill of the person behind the lens. This class will begin a study of the art and craft of photography. Students will develop their vision and their understanding of how to achieve it. Solid skills will be learned and many doors will be opened.
A survey of the continuing change experienced in art since the 15th century. Students will examine how an image is achieved as well as the significance of the subject represented. Individual inquiry concerning the nature of art is encouraged.
Students learn to appreciate films through the critical analysis of various elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. The course introduces the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema, considers the work of one major director (auteur), and surveys selected international and independent films. Students view and discuss films each week.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
A study of fiction of various lengths, with an emphasis on plot techniques, character development, style, point of view, setting, structure, theme, and artistic unity. Continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENGL-112 OR COR-125
An introduction to the major literary genres: poetry, drama and fiction. Selections are chosen from American, European and non-Western literature. The emphasis of this course is on improving the student's ability to read perceptively and write effectively . A continued emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills.
ENG-110, ENGL-112 OR COR-125
Choose One Human Behavior & Social Interactions Course
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
Champlain's online information technology courses encompass the top skills needed by today's IT professionals.
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
This course will introduce foundation subject matter and technologies that are critical to the multidisciplinary landscape of cybersecurity.
Complete CMIT-130 and CMIT-135.
This course is a thorough review of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) which is used extensively in corporate enterprise networks and the Internet. The course will cover the structure of TCP/IP, its application to data networks, and security issues.
This course covers the fundamentals of systems analysis while emphasizing the role of communication and other soft skills needed in IT and in business overall to be successful. The topics are useful for anyone who is involved in developing software system requirements and architectures (e.g., users, technical managers, product managers, technical leads, programmers, other software project team members, and clients).
CMIT-135, CMIT-200, MGMT-260
Graduates of the business management bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Comprehend how strengths-based approaches to management and leadership make the best use of their own and their team members' strengths in the workplace.
- Distinguish how successful communications and interactions in organizations are achieved through timely, purposeful, clear, respectful, and confident written and verbal means.
- Foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams and organizations through the awareness of unintentional biases, having intentional conversations, individualizing the employee experience, being accessible, allowing room for mistakes, and modeling inclusive behavior.
Integrate knowledge of core business functions into decision-making by applying accounting, finance, economics, and marketing to challenging business problems.
Use technology to capture, analyze, and share organizational data and information, and to create business value.
Use systematic, critical and fair-minded thinking to evaluate and address complex organizational issues.
Graduates with the online information technology fundamentals track will also demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Identify essential network components and methods of communication, including TCP/IP, and diagram basic networks to specification.
- Develop and test basic Python applications.
- Explain key concepts of database design and use Structured Query Language to manipulate data.
- Discuss fundamental cybersecurity concepts, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
- Distinguish the traditional, structured approach from the object-oriented approach to systems development.
- Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Albert Orbinati, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our business management curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the business world, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor's in business management program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- City of Burlington
- Department of Defense
- IBM Corporation
- Legum & Norman
- Middlebury College
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- People's United Bank
- UBS Financial Services
- Vermont Air National Guard
- Wachovia Bank
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Account Manager
- Business Opportunities Specialist
- Capital Improvement Program Manager
- Financial Control Representative
- General Manager
- HR Generalist
- Lead Business Systems Analyst
- Logistics Readiness Squadron Enlisted Manager
- Office Management Specialist
- Policy Services
- Program Assistant
- Sales Effectiveness Manager
- Strategic Planner
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
- Business (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Economic Crime Investigation (B.S.)
Albert Orbinati, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the undergraduate business administration programs at Champlain College Online.
He has worked in various roles within the higher education and military arenas for over 15 years. Prior to Champlain, Dr. Orbinati's roles have included Assistant Vice President of Online Learning and Continuing Education at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at The Sage Colleges in Albany, NY, and Director of Online and Non-Traditional Programs at Utica College in Utica, NY. He has also been an adjunct professor for the past eight years in Utica College's cybersecurity program.
In addition to his career in higher education, Dr. Orbinati is a member of the U.S. military, and currently holds the rank of Major in the Vermont Air National Guard and is the lead for marketing efforts in the State of Vermont.
Dr. Orbinati holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, an M.B.A from Champlain College, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University.
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