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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Information Technology, B.S.


Requirements for the major in information technology, B.S. program


The program in Information Technology (IT) leading to a bachelor of science (BS) degree prepares students for a successful professional career in IT, and for graduate study in information technology. The program provides students with the technical foundation of information technology, problem solving skills, and hands-on practice.  This will help students create and improve IT solutions by integrating existing and emerging technologies. This program prepares students for graduate studies and lifelong learning by providing them with the theoretical foundations of information technology and exposing them to areas of current and future practices. The pillars of IT include programming, networking, human-computer interaction, databases, information management, and web systems, built on a foundation of knowledge of the fundamentals of IT. The program also includes a strong professional component to develop skills in technical communication, ethics, and team work. The BS in Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program educational objectives

In the course of their careers, graduates of the Information Technology program will:

  • Work productively as problem solvers and providers of IT solutions in multi-disciplinary environments, including the automotive and health settings.
  • Remain current in their profession through lifelong learning.
  • Exhibit leadership and exercise their profession with the highest level of ethics, and social responsibility.

Course requirements (minimum of 128 total credits)

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in information technology, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, the general education requirement (also see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General education (excluding math and science) – 28 credits


  • Students are required to take PHL 1310 - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering  to satisfy the general education requirement in Western Civilization.
  • In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses. 

Approved science electives


*Approved science electives for information technology majors are: biology courses numbered BIO 1200  or BIO 1300 ; CHM 1440  and CHM 1470 ENV 3080 , PHY 1510  and PHY 1100 .

Electives – 20 credits chosen from


Choose course-work from only one of the following tracks:


Choose 4 credits of course-work from only one of the following:


Choose two of the following courses in management and communications from the following:


Free electives – 10 credits


Performance requirements


In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.0 within each group: namely, mathematics and science, core subjects and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.0 are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated and a total of three attempts is permitted.

Sample information technology schedule


Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year


Sophomore year


Winter semester – 16 credits

Junior year


Senior year


Fall semester – 16 credits

Winter semester – 16 credits