The central goal of the Information Technology B.S. degree
program in the College of Professional Studies is to provide
students the opportunity to obtain an excellent information
technology education. Recognizing that computer systems and
software technology are now integral to organizations of virtually
any size, the degree program in information technology is designed
to provide the student with broad knowledge and skills in existing
information technologies, in new and emerging technologies (and the
application and integration of these technologies), and in the
administrative practices used in the effective management of these
technologies. The program is designed to be broad enough that
students will be prepared to pursue careers in technical project
management and consulting, as well as in computer and information
systems administration and management.
The program will prepare graduates
Demonstrate knowledge of the functions and
processes of computer systems, communications systems, and
- Discuss the logical and theoretical foundations of information
technology and the way these foundations are applied in
- Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of basic concepts and
principles relating to computer science, communications technology,
and applications software.
- Demonstrate knowledge of system development life cycle
methodologies and the fundamentals of project planning and
- Demonstrate the ability to apply a broad,
integrative approach to the functional and
technological needs of
Apply information systems principles and practices to solve a
variety of technical problems.
- Assist people across disciplines to address their information
technology related problems by demonstrating an understanding of
the design, implementation, and maintenance of computer based
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills required
in a technical environment.
- Identify and analyze criteria and specifications appropriate to
given technical problems and plan strategies for their
- Integrate and apply appropriate theory, practices, and tools
for the specification, design, implementation, and evaluation of
computer-based systems to solve technical problems.
- Work individually, or in teams, and communicate effectively on
Demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge,
experience, and values needed to become lifelong learners, and be
prepared, upon graduation, either to enter the job market or to
continue on to further study in the field of information
- Demonstrate the skills needed to obtain employment in technical
areas requiring the ability to analyze computer and communications
problems, and the ability to integrate and utilize computer
applications and communications systems effectively.
- Develop sufficient background so that those students who wish
to continue their studies at the graduate level may do so.
Demonstrate proficiency in a second,
complementary area of academic strength by mastering an information
technology-related option within the main program. (Not required
for the degree)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic elements of business
administration—accounting, business law, management and
- Utilize computer systems to solve problems in a business
Telecommunications and Networking Option:
- Compare and contrast the essential communications technologies
and explain how they work.
- Demonstrate the central issues in telecommunications and
ability to apply the techniques of analysis, design and
implementation of telecommunication systems.
Computer Security Systems Option:
- Identify the major threats to computer systems and
- Formulate and implement solutions to prevent a cyber
- Demonstrate knowledge of the central legal and ethical issues
involved in computer security.
Cyber Forensics Option:
- Delineate the fundamental concepts of computer and network
- Describe and distinguish the main techniques for the management
of digital evidence.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical issues involved
in cyber-crime investigation
Graphic Design Option:
- Demonstrate proficiency in applying information technology and
graphic design principles to visual communication problems
- Develop message designs, symbol designs, solve form and
progression problems, and book designs.
Corporate Security Option:
- Describe and evaluate the effectiveness of the main types of
investigation and protection organizations, departments and
- Apply legal concepts to private and public protection
- Identify and discuss the major constraints imposed by the law
upon security and public safety operations and personnel.