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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, B.S.

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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 integrated IT solutions.
  • Remain current in their profession through lifelong learning, including graduate school.
  • Exhibit teamwork and leadership as well as 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 .

Professional track – 8 credits

Choose coursework from only one of the following tracks:

Management and communications – 8 credits

Electives – 10 credits

Major Standing

To enroll in 3000- or higher level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Information Technology, students must gain major standing.  An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher level courses.  Forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office or from the SECS website.

To gain major standing Information Technology, students must:

A) have a GPA of 2.0 in the following mathematics and science courses: Either MTH 1222  or MTH 1554 , STA 2221 , APM 1663 , and approved science elective.

B) have a GPA of 2.0 in the following information technology core courses: CSI 1200 , CSI 1310 , CSI 2300 , CSI 2470 , CSI 2520 , and CSI 2999 .

C) have no more than two grades below C in the courses listed in A and B above.

D) have not attempted any course listed in A and B above more than three times. Students may petition to repeat a course a fourth time.

E) have not repeated more than three different courses. Courses in which a W (withdrawal) grade is recorded will not be counted.

Conditional major standing may be granted in the semester in which the student will complete requirements A and B above.

Performance requirements

In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least C within each group: namely, mathematics and sciences, core subjects and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below C 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

Winter semester – 16 credits

Senior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

  • Professional training (4) 
  • General education (4)
  • Professional track (4)
  • Elective (4)
Winter semester – 16 credits

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