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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The Mission of the Information Technology Program is to provide high quality educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the broad range of fields that support our computer/information-based society and economy. Additionally to utilize the resources of the program to provide service to society; and to emphasize to students the need for lifelong learning, ethical conduct and an understanding of the diverse social context in which Information Technology is practiced. The program is offered through the Lakeland Campus.

Specifically the program aspires to:

  1. Lead to the advancement of Information Technology through nationally recognized education at the undergraduate level, as well as technology transfer to regional industries and businesses;
  2. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning;
  3. Educate undergraduates in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research and practices into the curriculum;
  4. Emphasize the development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the educational process and the later practice of the discipline;
  5. Provide quality learning experiences through highly interactive techniques of course delivery that will include the use of electronic support equipment as well as newly developing distance learning technologies.

Objectives

The Information Technology program graduates will:

  1. Have the requisite education and skills to be immediately employable as professionals in our computer/information-based society
  2. Be prepared to enter into graduate studies in a number of related graduate programs
  3. Be ethical and responsible members of their profession and society as a whole
  4. Be well founded in the variety of sub-disciplines that comprise Information Technology which include basic principles of computation, mathematics, science and engineering.

The Information Technology (IT) program is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems. The emphasis of the program is on knowledge-based computer and information technology, traditional computer science concepts, as well as more practical topics including programming, applications, and networking, systems administration and the management of a variety of computing environments (in an era of rapidly changing technology). IT students will take coursework in computer organization, human-computer interface, data structures, operating systems, networking, databases, and software engineering. Electives can include such application areas as: advanced database, advanced networking, web page design and administration, and e-commerce as well as a variety of other related areas. Through a broad based set of electives, IT students will be able to tailor their program to satisfy individual preferences and strengths.

Students completing the IT program will qualify for a broad range of positions in computer-intensive businesses and industry such as: programmer analyst, systems analyst, database administrator, network administrator, computer resource manager, systems development manager, and information technology management, to name a few.

In addition to the University’s graduation requirements, the program has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising of each student each term,
  2. Exit interviews as a graduation requirement for all students, and
  3. Only grades of C and above in IT courses can be used to fulfill graduation requirements.

Four-Year Curriculum in Information Technology

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites) for Students Transferring from a Community College: If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the University. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, continuous enrollment policies of the university, and qualitative standards required.

The schedule that follows indicates how a diligent student, who can devote full time to coursework, can satisfy requirements in four academic years. Students without a solid foundation, or those who cannot devote full time to academics, should plan for a slower pace.

Semester I
CGS 2100 Computers in Bus. 3
ENC 1101 Composition I 3
MAC 1147 Coll. Alg. and Trig. 3
Gen. Ed.   6
Total 15

Semester II
COP 2510 Programming Concepts 3
ENC 1102 Composition II 3
MAD 3100 Discrete Math 3
ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macro.) 3
PSY 2012 Psychological Science I   3
Total 15

Semester II
Natural Science 3
COP XXXX OO Programming (e.g., C++) 3
Electives   9
Total 15

Semester IV
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I 3
PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics 3
Fine Arts 3
Electives   6
Total 15

Semester V
COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology 3
CDA 3101 Computer Organization for Information Technology 3
ENC 3211 Communication for Engineers 3
INR 3033 International Political Cultures 3
CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for IT   3
Total 15

Semester VI
EEL 4854 Data Structures and Algorithms for IT 3
COP 4610 Operating Systems for IT 3
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3
COP 3451 IT Concepts 3
IT Approved Electives   3
Total 15

Semester VII
CIS 4703 Database Systems for IT 3
CEN 4031 Software Engineering Concepts for IT 3
EEL 4782 Computer Information Networks for IT 3
IT Approved Electives   6
Total 15

Semester VIII
COP 4930 Information Technology Seminar 1
CIS 4935 Senior Project in IT 3-5
CIS 4253 Ethical Issues for Information Technology 3
IT Approved Electives   6
Total 13 - 15

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

There are two Post-Baccalaureate Information Technology (IT) Certificates available. Both Certificates are designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than IT, but do not seek either a master’s degree or a complete undergraduate degree in IT.

The IT Management Certificate (15 semester hours) is designed to provide the student an application-oriented managerial background in IT. The typical student pursuing this certificate is not looking to change careers, but rather looking to enhance their technical abilities in their existing job. A four year Bachelor’s degree plus some prerequisites are required to enter the IT Management Certificate Program.

The IT Professional Certificate (30 semester hours) is designed to help students change careers, i.e. begin a new career as an IT Professional. All classes (15 hours) taken in the IT Management Certificate directly apply toward the IT Professional Certificate. Therefore, each student having completed the IT Management Certificate will only need 15 additional hours to complete the IT Professional Certificate. However, certain additional prerequisites may be required of the student prior to taking the advanced technically oriented classes contained in the IT Professional Certificate.

Students wanting to enter one of the IT Certificate programs, need to fill out an application to apply and have an official transcript sent from the College or University where they completed their undergraduate degree. The transcript is used to first verify that the student completed their undergraduate degree and second to identify if any additional prerequisite classes that may be required.

IT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

The prerequisites to enter the IT Management Certificate program is a four year undergraduate degree plus the following:
1. MACxxxx Pre-Calculus 3 hrs.
2. STA2023 Intro. To Statistics 3 hrs.
3. Any Basic Computer Skills Course 3 hrs.
  (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Windows, etc.)

NOTE: The course numbers may be different depending on the university. IT advisors will make the determination whether or not the student has satisfied these requirements based on supportive material (such as catalog descriptions, official letters, etc.) supplied by the student.

After admission to the IT Management Certificate program, the student must complete 15 hours selected from the following:
ETG 3931 ST: IT Electronic Commerce 3
CEN 3722 IT Human Computer Interface 3
ETG 4931 IT Web Page Design & Adm. 3
COP 4930 IT Seminar 3
CIS 4925 IT Senior Project 3
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3
CIS 4361 IT Security Management 3
CIS 4412 IT Resource Management 3
IT Current Topics 3
IT Approved Elective 3

IT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

The prerequisites to enter the IT Professional Certificate program is a four year undergraduate degree plus the following:
1. STA 2023 Intro. To Statistics 3 hrs.
2. CGS xxxx Any Data Base 3 hrs.
3. COP 2xxx Computer Programming 3 hrs.
4. COP 2xxx OO Programming 3 hrs.
5. MAC xxxx Pre-Calculus 3 hrs.
6. xxxx Discrete Mathematics 3 hrs.

NOTE: The course numbers may be different depending on the university. IT advisors will make the determination whether or not the student has satisfied these requirements based on supportive material (such as catalog descriptions, official letters, etc.) supplied by the student.

After admission to the IT Professional Certificate program, the student must complete the following 30 hour program:

Required courses for the IT Professional Certificate (12 credit hours):
COP 3515 IT Program Design 3
COP 4610 IT Operating Systems 3
COP 4610L IT Operating Systems Lab 1
CDA 3200 IT Computer Organization 3
EEL 4854 IT Data Structures and Algorithms 3

Electives (18 credit hours):
ETG 3931 ST: IT Electronic Commerce 3
CEN 3722 IT Human Computer Interface 3
CIS 4500 IT Database Systems 3
CEN 4031 IT Software Engineering 3
EEL 4782 Computer Information Networks for IT 3
EEL 4782L Computer Information Networks for IT Lab 1
ETG 4931 IT Web Page Design and Administration 3
COP 4930 IT Seminar 3
CIS 4935 IT Senior Project 3
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3
CIS 4361 IT Security Management 3
CIS 4412 IT Resource Management 3
IT Current Topics 3
IT Approved Elective   3
Total 30


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