B.S. in Information Technology¶
This major prepares students who plan to design, create, and administer large information bases used by organizations.
Enterprises have an ever-growing investment in the exploding quantity of information, especially in web related data, that requires increasingly sophisticated approaches for efficient access and productive use. Students gain the talents and skills to be successful in today’s organizations following current industry practices: planning, designing, implementing and administering data information and knowledge bases that can be effectively mined; assessing the information and data requirements of an organization and implementing these requirements as an information system; and functioning as an effective member of an information services division in an organization.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates high median pay and estimates a 15% increase (much higher than average) in the demand for computer and information systems managers for the period 2014 to 2024.
If you enrolled prior to Fall 2013 you may use the old Information Technology B.S. Curriculum located here.
Major Requirements (48 Credit Hours)¶
One of the following must be taken:
- STAT 103: Fundamentals of Statistics
- STAT 203: Statistics
- ISSCM 241: Business Statistics
- PSYC 304: Statistics
One of the following must be taken: (note that later options are more limited without COMP 170 or 215)
- COMP 125: Visual Information Processing
- COMP 150: Introduction to Computing
- COMP 170: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
- COMP 180: Computing and Data Analysis for the Sciences
- COMP 215: Object-Oriented Programming with Mathematics
One of the following must be taken:
- COMP 251: Introduction to Database Systems
- COMP 271: Data Structures (prereq COMP 170: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming)
All of the following must be taken:
Six (6) credits taken from one or more of COMP 312: Open Source Software Practicum, COMP 390: Broadening Participation in STEM (Computing, Math & Science), COMP 391: Internship in Computer Science, COMP 392: Metagenomics, and COMP 398: Independent Study. See the details of registering in the links for each course. Students are encouraged to complete these credits during junior and senior years to draw on prior experience.
15 credits taken from (note that some COMP 3xx electives have a prereq of COMP 271 or higher, and MGMT and ENTR courses also have prereqs):
- COMP 250: Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication or ENGL 210: Business Writing
- COMP 251: Introduction to Database Systems or COMP 271: Data Structures NOTE: You must take one of these classes as part of the Major requirements. The second one can be used as an elective if taken.
- COMP 264: Introduction to Computer Systems
- MGMT 315: International Management
- MGMT 318: Organizational Development and Change
- MGMT 320: Leading and Managing Team
- MGMT 335: Micro-enterprise Consulting
- MGMT 360: Values Based Leadership
- ENTR 310: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- ENTR 311: Social Entrepreneurship (Not for Profit ventures)
- ENTR 312: Intellectual Property & Commercialization
- ENTR 313: Entrepreneurship-Global Opportunity Scan
- ENTR 345: Entrepreneurial Marketing
- ENTR 390: Entrepreneurship Strategies
- Any COMP 300 level electives NOTE: A special case is COMP 390: Broadening Participation in STEM (Computing, Math & Science), COMP 391: Internship in Computer Science and COMP 398: Independent Study : Three additional units beyond the practicum can be counted as an elective, as long as you take no more than 6 units of 391 and no more than 6 units of 398.
- MGMT 201 or ACCT 201 may count as 3 credits of major Electives if either ISSCM 349 or ENTR 310 is completed to count toward this major.
Suggested Ordering of Courses¶
- ISSCM 241: Business Statistics or (PSYC 304: Statistics after core PSYC 101: General Psychology)
- COMP 163: Discrete Structures
- COMP 125: Visual Information Processing or COMP 150: Introduction to Computing or COMP 170: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
- COMP 251: Introduction to Database Systems or COMP 271: Data Structures
- COMP 317: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing
- COMP 300: Data Warehousing and Data Mining
- COMP 305: Database Administration
- COMP 353: Database Programming