2018-2019 Catalog

Information Technology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Information Technology program is to provide students with a solid technical grounding in computer science and information technology, as well as education in the interpersonal skills of communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making that are vital to the IT industry.

An information technologist determines user needs and then develops, manages, and supports technology-based solutions. Acquisition of this degree will enable students to subsequently acquire new skills in the field of information technology. Career paths could include internships, immediate job placement with the professional certifications within the program, or graduate school. Representative employers could be in any field including, but not limited to, business, the IT industry, and universities.

Degree Requirements

Area I - Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required only for new and transferring freshmen with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Area I - Mathematics - 4 hours

MATH 121Calculus I

4

MATH 121 is required for the IT degree and is highly recommended to be taken in the first semester. Students must earn a "C" or higher in MATH 121.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in CIS 170.

Area II - Arts and Humanities - 3 hours

Choose one of the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Area II - The Social Sciences - 6 hours

Choose two from the following:
ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 200World Regional Geography

3

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

or

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

or

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

or

SOC 223Social Problems

3

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one of two sequences:
HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from any of the following:

ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

or

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

or

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PHY 201College Physics I

4

or

PHY 211General Physics II

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Required Information Technology Core - 36 hours

IT 101/CST 101Introduction to Programming

3

IT 125/CST 125C Programming

3

IT 201/CST 201Data Structures and Algorithms

3

IT 240/CIS 240Web Page Design and Construction

3

IT 310Databases

3

IT 324Computer Networking

3

IT 415System Administration I

3

IT 451Senior Capstone I

3

IT 422IT Project Management

3

or

MGT 363Principles of Management

3

MATH 235Discrete Mathematics

3

MATH 251Mathematical Proofs and Structures

3

MKT 362Principles of Marketing

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in the Information Technology Core Courses listed above.

Information Technology Elective courses - 24 hours

24 credit hours in 300-level or above courses with designations in ACC, BUA, CIS, CST, IT, MATH, MGT, or MKT with approval of program director. Electives may also include IT 220 and MATH 250.
Students must earn a "C" or higher in each elective course selected.

General Electives - 15-19 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120 hours.
Total GEC Credit Hours (41-45 hours)
Total Information Technology Core (36 hours)
Additional Required Courses (24 hours)
General Electives (15-19 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.