This major provides students with a real world, hands-on program that bridges the gap between computer scientists and general users. The Information Technology Program is multidisciplinary involving hardware, software and IT management focused courses. The information technology major requires a core curriculum of 36 hours of course work in computer science, electronics and computer technology, and management information systems. Students also complete a 15-hour specialized track developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor. An internship is highly encouraged. Students majoring in information technology will be prepared for entry-level positions in networking, database development and administration, web programming and development, applications development, digital communication, and digital multimedia.
1. Technical competency. Demonstrate technical proficiency by
applying general and disciplinary reasoning and critical thinking to
identify, analyze and solve problems.
2. Communication skills. Demonstrate effective communication skills in both oral and written form to articulate technical knowledge, ideas, and proposals to peers, senior management, and other potentially diverse audience.
3. Managerial skills. Demonstrate organizational and increasing levels of managerial skills in their chosen field.
4. Ethical, social and professional responsibility. Demonstrate awareness of the impact, and professional, ethical and social responsibility of the practice of information technology in the state of Indiana and in a diversified world.
5. Teamwork mentality. Demonstrate the ability to function effectively and think independently in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
6. Lifelong learning. Demonstrate individual desire and commitment to remain technically current by engaging in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.
The information technology major requires a core curriculum of 36 hours of course work in computer science, electronics and computer technology, and management information systems. Students also complete a 15-hour specialized track developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor. For descriptions of the information technology major courses, consult the appropriate department or program sections in this Catalog. Students will also have open elective hours that can be used to take additional math or business courses, or to explore courses that are part of another information technology track, or to take advantage of the University’s rich liberal arts opportunities. Some or all of the elective hours may be used to facilitate the transfer of course work from other majors or institutions.
Basic Core (18 semester hours):
MIS 110--3 hrs. or ECT 170--3 hrs. or MIS 276--3 hrs.; CS 151--3 hrs. or MIS 200**--3 hrs.; CS 170--3 hrs.; CS 256--3 hrs.; ECT 172--3 hrs.; ECT 160-3hrs. or ECT 174--3 hrs. [Students who articulate to this major or students who have appropriate IT experience will take MIS 276 in place of MIS 110 or ECT 170].
Second Level (18 semester hours):
CS 260--3 hrs.; CS 320--3 hrs. or ECT 272--3 hrs. or MIS 355 3 hrs.; CS 457--3 hrs. or MIS 425**--3 hrs..; CS 467--3 hrs. or ECT 373--3 hrs. or MIS 430--3 hrs.; MIS 301--3 hrs.; ECT 270--3 hrs. or ECT 437--3 hrs or MIS 450**--3hrs.;
Completion of the degree requirements for the bachelor's degree in Information Technology qualifies you for careers in: IT systems manager, IT specialist, project manager, database system manager, IT technical support professional, Software support specialist, Web systems manager, IT technology manager, Network engineer, IT security specialist.
Who employs graduates with this major? Essentially every hospital, commercial business, school, not-for-profit organization, government office and organization, manufacturing company, web based business or sales company and computer equipment or related support company has computer systems that require IT professionals who can effectively manage these key resources.