College of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Technologies and Graduate School and Professional Programs
Emilia Chukwuma, Chair
Ely Center, Room 203
The world is surrounded by computer technology! The study of information technology (IT) is about harnessing computer technology to serve the needs of business, government, healthcare, education, E-commerce, manufacturing, entertainment, and other sectors. The BS in Information Technology degree prepares students to become future IT professionals with knowledge and practical hands-on expertise in current and emerging technologies and to grow into leadership positions or pursue research or graduate studies in the field.
The program is career-oriented and flexible; it lets students choose their own path to success. Through its core curriculum and choice of application domain concentration areas in Network/Database/Web, Accounting, Business, Computer Science, and Medical Informatics, students will gain technical competency to assume a variety of IT jobs in areas such as network and system administration, information security, database applications, web development, software integration, and helpdesk/end-user support and work in a broad spectrum of sectors such as government, business, healthcare, education, and manufacturing.
Through experiential learning, hands-on practice and labs, real-world projects, problem solving in context, general studies, meaningful internships, tailored advisory, and alumni mentorship, the IT program aims for its graduates to achieve the following broad learning outcomes1:
1. Explain and apply appropriate information technologies and employ appropriate methodologies to help an individual or organization achieve its goals and objectives;
2. Function as a user advocate;
3. Manage the information technology resources of an individual or organization;
4. Anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies to an individual or organization;
5. Understand and, in some cases, contribute to the scientific, mathematical and theoretical foundations on which information technologies are built;
6. Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of society.
1The six broad goals of IT program are defined by Information Technology 2008 Curriculum Guide for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Technology (Association of Computing Machinery, 2008)
Students considering an IT major are encouraged to declare their major by their sophomore year in order to complete all the required major courses in a timely fashion. The following minimum criteria must be met for a student to be considered for admission into the major:
To continue in the IT major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in both major and non-major courses. All IT majors must complete at least two internships in their chosen field prior to graduation.