The Information Technology program (IT) provides an educational pathway for students who want to focus on the computing technology that addresses the needs of the end user.
There is an urgent need for specialists who develop new information technologies and systems. There is a high demand for professionals who understand the importance of information workflow: how to use existing systems and tools to gather, manipulate, store, retrieve, and manage information in all types of settings.
Information technology is the newest computing discipline recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Information Technology program differs from the existing Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs in the following ways:
- IT places a greater emphasis on application, deployment, configuration, and development than on the theory and principles of computing.
- The technology that manages information changes quickly as practitioners address real-world problems in industry, government and research. This program actively responds to the changes that reflect current trends in the information technology field.
- Our learning environment fosters independent critical thinking and problem solving skills, and emphasizes the need for the ability to analyze the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society including ethical, legal and public policy issues.
- Every IT graduate will gain valuable industry experience by participating in a mandatory internship. This provides students with real-world experiences of what to expect when they join the workforce and helps graduates “hit the ground running.”
- The IT program seeks students who are active learners, passionate about current trends in technology, and capable of achieving the goals of managing and supporting information technology systems.
The mission of the Information Technology program is to educate students to analyze, design, integrate and manage information systems using information technology. The IT program will prepare graduates for meaningful professional careers to serve their local, state and national communities.
The Information Technology program will produce graduates who are able to achieve the following objectives:
- Gain fundamental knowledge regarding technical concepts and practices in information technology and information systems.
- Gain a broad background across fundamental areas of information technology along with a depth of understanding in a particular area of interest within the domain of information systems.
- Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills, with an ability to analyze the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society including ethical, legal and public policy issues.
- Collaborate in teams to accomplish a common goal by integrating personal initiative and group cooperation.
- Gain skills to communicate efficiently with technical and nontechnical people in the information technology field using written and oral communication as well as gain skills and strategies for facilitating group projects and activities in collaboration with peers.
- Identify and evaluate current and emerging technologies and assess their applicability to address the users’ needs and recognize the need for continued learning throughout their career.
- Determine how information is inferred from data, and how decisions are made rationally on the basis of that information and ensure that data integrity and privacy is maintained as the organization processes information and acts on it.
- Prepare for graduate studies in information security, information systems, telecommunications, and other related information technology areas.