Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalogue

Information Technology, B.S.

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The Information Technology (IT) major is an interdisciplinary major shared by two departments: the Department of Computer Science in the College of Science and Engineering and the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems in the Cameron School of Business. Admission to the Cameron School of Business is not required for students in the IT major. The program develops students’ skills in the critical and practical understanding of information technology and prepares them for information technology-related work and/or further study at the graduate level. The curriculum provides a foundation for information technology professionals to have a perspective of the rapidly expanding and evolving science of technology and how it can be managed and leveraged to support business activities. The primary educational objective of the program is to produce graduates who can enter into and advance in the professions of information technology, as well as continue their education and obtain advanced degrees in this and related fields.

The B.S. Information Technology degree is offered with the following concentration areas: Business Application Development, Business Data Management, Computer Science, Cyber Security, and General Information Technology.

Oral Communication Requirement:

To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.S. degree in Information Technology a student must successfully complete CSC 385, which is taken as part of the core requirements for the degree.

Applied Learning Requirement:

The Applied Learning Requirement for the B.S. degree in Information Technology is satisfied upon successful completion of MIS 411, which is taken as part of the core requirements for the degree.

Requirements for a Major in Information Technology for the B.S. Degree

A student must complete the following to fulfill the degree requirements. A grade point average of ‘C’ (2.00) or better computed over all the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major is required. No grade below ‘C-’ will be accepted towards graduation in a core or required course.

Concentration Courses (12-13 hours):

Students choose one of the following concentrations. Students who wish to complete two concentrations may simultaneously apply up to 3 credit hours of course work towards both concentrations if the course is approved in both concentrations. Students may, with prior approval of the Dean’s Office, select four three-credit hour courses in MIS, CIT, or CSC undergraduate courses numbered 300 and above for the generalist concentration. Students who pursue the General Information Technology concentration may not complete a second concentration. A grade of C- or better is required in the 12 hours of coursework approved for the concentration.

Business Applications Development (12 hours):

Business Applications Development is the process of creating computer programs to perform the different tasks that a business requires. Applications help businesses interact with customers, automate processes, and increase efficiency. Graduates of the BAD concentration know how to manage the key steps of the app building process and deliver apps of value.
Concentration Electives (9 hours):

Choose three courses from the following:

Business Data Management (12 hours):

Business Data Management is the practice of collecting, keeping, and using business data securely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Graduates of the BDM concentration know how to create, access, and update data across a diverse data tier; store data in the cloud and on premises; provide high availability and disaster recovery; utilize data in various apps and systems; ensure data privacy.
Required Course (3 hours):

Concentration Electives (9 hours):

Choose three courses from the following.  At least three credit hours of the concentration electives must come from courses with an MIS prefix.

Computer Science (13 hours):

The computer science concentration provides students with a more in-depth understanding of computer programming and allows students to take higher level courses in database management, client and server-side web programming, and mobile app development.

Cybersecurity (12 hours):

Students completing the cybersecurity concentration will graduate with essential skills needed as part of the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) designated by the NSA and the DHS and will have the skills necessary for thinking critically about cybersecurity issues.

General Information Technology (12 hours):

A general technologist has the option to select courses and IT areas of interest. They can use those skills to determine how best to improve a specific industry and how to incorporate new technology and solve problems.

Total: 67-68 hours

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