Information Technology B.S.

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Information Technology B.S.

Program Overview

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

P: 603.862.3778
E: office@cs.unh.edu

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
111 Market Plac
Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Phone: (410) 347-7700
www.abet.org/

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
Discovery 4
Lab Science I (Discovery) 4
Second Discipline I 4
 Credits20
Spring
Lab Science II 4
IT 520 Computer Architecture 4
ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing 4
 Credits12
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
Two 600/700-Level IT Electives 8
Second Discipline II 4
Discovery 4
IT 699 Internship 1
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
IT 705 Project Management for Information Technology 4
IT 775 Database Technology 4
Second Discipline III 4
Discovery 4
 Credits16
Spring
IT 710 Senior Project 4
Second Discipline IV 4
600/700-Level IT Elective 4
Free Elective 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits130
Information Technology Courses
Select one of the following:8
CS 415
& CS 416
Introduction to Computer Science I
and Introduction to Computer Science II
CS 414
& CS 417
From Problems to Algorithms to Programs
and From Programs to Computer Science
CS 410
& CS 417
Introduction to Scientific Programming
and From Programs to Computer Science
CS 400Introduction to Computing1
IT 403Introduction to Internet Technologies4
CS 501Professional Ethics and Communication in Technology-related Fields4
IT 502Intermediate Web Design4
IT 505Database Programming4
IT 520Computer Architecture4
IT 609Network/Systems Administration4
IT 666Computer Security4
IT 699Internship1
Select 3 IT 600/700- level 12
IT 705Project Management for Information Technology4
IT 710Senior Project (senior capstone experience)4
IT 775Database Technology4
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)
Total Credits82

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 414, CS 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 above requirements, each student must choose a second discipline in a particular domain outside of IT to which the student's IT skills can be applied. Second disciplines (typically four courses) have been defined by the CS department in such areas as business administration, health management and policy, and justice studies. If a student is interested in an area that is not currently defined, the option of a student-designed second discipline is also available.

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/

By the end of the sophomore year, each student must choose a Second Discipline - a particular domain outside of IT to which the student's IT skills can be applied. Second Disciplines (typically four courses) have been defined by the CS department in such areas as Business Administration, Health Management and Policy and Justice Studies. If a student is interested in an area that is not currently defined, the option of a student-designed Second Discipline is also available.

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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