Information Technology (B.S.)

Information Technology (B.S.)

Major in Information Technology

What is a Bachelor of Science in information technology?

This program is tailored to students who want to apply computer technologies toward satisfying the information needs of individuals and organizations. The curriculum is rooted in fundamentals; students gain the skills and knowledge needed to enter this ever-changing field with confidence. With a solid foundation in science, students also develop strong programming and problem-solving skills, as well as abstract thinking. The IT program arms graduates with the know-how they’ll bring to professional positions upon graduation and, eventually, in leadership positions in their field.

Why study information technology at UNH?

You’ll have access to the UNH InterOperability Lab, where you’ll test the networking equipment of top technology companies, gaining real-world training and experience. And, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research through capstone projects and independent studies. Many of UNH’s student organizations are a natural fit for IT majors, such as the Cyber Security Club, the Linux Club, and Wildcat Women in Computer Science. Plus, the Programming Assistance Center offers walk-in support and tutoring.

Potential Careers

  • Application developer
  • Cloud architect
  • Computer support specialist
  • Data center support specialist
  • Data quality manager
  • Database administrator
  • Desktop support manager/specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Information technology specialist
  • Java developer
  • Network administrator
  • Network specialist
  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Web developer
Department of Computer Science
Kingsbury Hall N229, 33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862.3778
E: office@cs.unh.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

Information technology is concerned primarily with the application of existing computing technologies to the information needs of organizations and individual computer users. The IT program aims to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to take on appropriate professional positions in information technology upon graduation and grow into leadership positions in the field. Potential careers include network administrator, database developer, system administrator, and webmaster.

The broad objectives for B.S. in information technology graduates are:

  1. Apply the full range of core IT concepts and techniques to fill the IT needs of an organization and be prepared to assume managerial and other advanced responsibilities,
  2. Confront new problems effectively and anticipate the changing directions of technology,
  3. Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders as well as function appropriately in a team environment,
  4. Navigate within the complex relationships between IT and larger organizational goals, and
  5. Understand the pervasive and changing role of computing technology in global society, and participate responsibly as both IT professional and citizen.

The B.S. in information technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The following is a sample schedule depicting the necessary requirements and the layout of the curriculum. Students must consult with their advisers in order to come up with the proper schedule for themselves.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CS 400 Introduction to Computing 1
CS 414 From Problems to Algorithms to Programs 4
IT 403 Introduction to Internet Technologies 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
Discovery 4
 Credits17
Spring
CS 417 From Programs to Computer Science 4
IT 502 Intermediate Web Design 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (Discovery) 4
Discovery 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
MATH 539 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 4
IT 505 Database Programming 4
Lab Science I (Discovery) 4
Second Discipline I 4
 Credits16
Spring
IT 520 Computer Architecture 4
ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing 4
Lab Science II (Discovery) 4
Discovery 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CS 501 Professional Ethics and Communication in Technology-related Fields 4
IT 666 Computer Security 4
IT 609 Network/Systems Administration 4
Discovery 4
 Credits16
Spring
IT 705 Project Management for Information Technology 4
IT 775 Database Technology 4
600/700-Level IT Electives (1/3) 4
Second Discipline II 4
IT 699 Internship 1
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
IT 791 Senior Project I 2
600/700-Level IT Elective (2/3) 4
Second Discipline III 4
Discovery 4
Free Elective (optional)  
 Credits14
Spring
IT 792 Senior Project II 2
600/700-Level IT Elective (3/3) 4
Second Discipline IV 4
Discovery 4
Second Discipline V (for minors) or Free Elective 4
 Credits18
 Total Credits130
Information Technology Courses
Select of of the following:
CS 400Introduction to Computing1
CS 415
CS 416
Introduction to Computer Science I
and Introduction to Computer Science II
8
or CS 414
CS 417
From Problems to Algorithms to Programs
and From Programs to Computer Science
or CS 410P
CS 417
Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python
and From Programs to Computer Science
or CS 410C
CS 417
Introduction to Scientific Programming/C
and From Programs to Computer Science
CS 501Professional Ethics and Communication in Technology-related Fields4
IT 403Introduction to Internet Technologies4
IT 502Intermediate Web Design4
IT 505Database Programming4
IT 520Computer Architecture4
IT 609Network/Systems Administration4
IT 666Computer Security4
IT 699Internship1
IT 705Project Management for Information Technology4
IT 775Database Technology4
IT 791
IT 792
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
4
IT Electives (select three)12
IT 604
Server-side Web Development
IT 605
Client-side Web Development
IT 612
Scripting Languages
IT 630
Data Science and Analytics
IT 704
Advanced Web Development
IT 725
Network Technology
IT 780
Topics in Information Technology
Mathematics Courses
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 539Introduction to Statistical Analysis4
Other Courses
Science 1 and 2 (two-course sequence): Select one of the following sequences:8
BIOL 411
BIOL 412
Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
and Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
ESCI 401
ESCI 402
Dynamic Earth
and Earth History
ESCI 409
ESCI 402
Geology and the Environment
and Earth History
PHYS 401
PHYS 402
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
Second discipline (see below for details)16
Total Credits98

Information technology majors must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all required information technology and computer science required courses in order to graduate. If at the end of any semester, including the first, a student's cumulative grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, the student may not be allowed to continue as an IT major. The following courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better in order to meet IT major requirements CS 410PCS 410CCS 414CS 415CS 416, CS 417, IT 403, IT 502, IT 505, IT 520.

If a student wishing to transfer into the information technology major has any coursework that is applicable to the major, the grades in those courses must satisfy the minimum grade requirements for the B.S. degree in information technology. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all courses taken at the University.

In addition to the core IT requirements, each student must complete a complementary set of courses in a particular domain outside of IT to which the student's IT skills can be applied. This set of courses can be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. A pre-defined second discipline*;
  2. A self-defined second discipline approved by the IT Program Coordinator;
  3. An approved minor**;
  4. A second major or UNH dual degree.

*Four (4) second disciplines have been defined by the CS department, requiring (4) courses in such areas as business administration, entrepreneurship, health management and policy, and justice studies.

**An approved list of minors is available from the CS Department and requires (5) courses to be completed.

Explore Program Details

The B.S. in information technology program is accredited by the:

Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Place, suite 1050
Baltimore, MD
21202-4012
Phone: (410) 347-7700
www.abet.org/

In addition to the core IT requirements, each student must complete a complementary set of courses in a particular domain outside of IT to which the student's IT skills can be applied. This set of courses can be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. A pre-defined second discipline*;
  2. A self-defined second discipline approved by the IT Program Coordinator;
  3. An approved minor**;
  4. A second major or UNH dual degree.

*Four (4) second disciplines have been defined by the CS department, requiring (4) courses in such areas as business administration, entrepreneurship, health management and policy, and justice studies.

**An approved list of minors is available from the CS Department and requires (5) courses to be completed.

Information Technology majors must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all required information technology, computer science, mathematics courses in order to graduate. If at the end of any semester, including the first, a student’s cumulative grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, the student may not be allowed to continue as a IT major.

The following courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better: IT 403, CS 410, CS 414, CS 415, CS 416, CS 417, IT 502, and IT 505. If a student wishing to transfer into the information technology major has any coursework that is applicable to the major, the grades in those courses must satisfy the minimum grade requirements for the B.S. degree in information technology. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all courses taken at the University.

As a guide to course selection students may use either of the following sets of guidelines:

For a description of the IT 699 Internship click here.

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