Development of real-world, emerging technology in a self-chosen specialization
Information technologists are computer support and security administrators who assist companies and organizations with managing hardware, software, networking, communication and problem solving.
What Our Graduates Do
Possible Career Pathways for IT graduates:
Information Systems Specialist
IT Security Analyst
Students in the ABET-accredited B.S. in Information Technology (IT) program learn to analyze, design, integrate, and manage information systems to meet the needs of end users. Students in this degree will develop skills in effective communication, collaboration, and leadership throughout a challenging technical curriculum in system design, networking, information assurance and security, programming, web development, and data science.
Although intimately tied to the computing field, the IT program differs from the Computer Science and Computer Engineering program in the following ways:
Emphasizes a practicum and interest-based specialization-oriented degree. The program places a greater emphasis on application, deployment, configuration and development than on theory and principles.
Actively responds to emerging technology trends and diversifications in information systems. The technology that manages information changes quickly as practitioners attempt to address real-world problems in industry, government, research, and education. This program responds to changes that reflect trends.
Requires real-world experience by participating in an internship. IT students are required to participate in information technology-related internship to learn what it is like to work in the IT industry.
CyberCorps Scholarship for Service*
IT majors can apply for the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service*, designed to recruit and train cybersecurity professionals for federal, state, local and tribal governments.
While studying at SET, Ping Luarn discovered she likes uncovering what makes a website click with a user and what drives them away.
“With web design you have to know certain things like how you want the website to look and how accessible that is for different kinds of users. I really enjoy learning what the users think... what frustrates them, and what makes them feel better, and how we can improve different layouts or usability.”
Admission to the IT major is competitive. Please review the following prerequisites and application process carefully.
To qualify for admission to IT, applicants must first be admitted to the University of Washington Tacomaand have completed the following required prerequisites:
Precalculus (TMATH 115 & 116 or TMATH 120 at UW Tacoma; Precalculus I & II at most community colleges)
Introduction to Programming (TCSS 142)*
*UW Tacoma students can take either TCSS 141 - Programming for All or TCSS 142 - Introduction to Programming to satisfy the programming prerequisite for the IT major. TCSS 141 is offered at the UW Tacoma campus only.
Please note: Admission to the IT program is capacity-constrained. Students who are admitted to the program typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite courses as well as a strong cumulative grade point average.
If you do not meet the GPA requirements, please contact a SET advisor to discuss your situation and options.
Required cumulative prerequisite GPA of at least 2.5, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each individual prerequisite.
Required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college coursework.
Applicants are also expected to have a GPA of at least a 2.5 in all college math, science, computer science or engineering coursework.
Ready to Apply?
Before starting the application, make sure you're ready to apply:
You've been admitted to UW Tacoma and met the requirements to apply to the major (previous tab).
You have completed at least 45 college-level credits.
You completed the prerequisite courses listed in the Admission Requirements tab.
You've met the GPA requirements noted in the Admission Requirements tab.
You're meeting the July 1 priority application deadline.
If you are not admitted to UWT, you cannot be admitted to the IT major, but you may hold off on accepting your offer of admission to UWT until you have your program admissions decision.
Transfer students at Washington State community colleges are encouraged to pursue the Associate in Science - Transfer Track 2to meet the admission requirements. Use theUW Course Equivalency Guideto determine the equivalent prerequisites at your school.
IT is a capacity-constrained major, which means we normally have more applications than space in the program. Competitive applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in the prerequisite courses, as well as a strong cumulative grade point average.
Your application is evaluated on the following criteria:
Completion of all prerequisite courses
Grades in prerequisite courses -- individually and cumulatively
The IT schedule planning grid shows a sample pathway to complete the B.S. in Information Technology degree. Work with your advisor to make sure you are completing required courses for the program and electives for your area of interest.
The required senior capstone project, taken as a 5-credit course, focuses on detail, implementation, testing, deployment, maintenance, and demonstration of a topic carried over from internship experience.
The Learning and Research Commons (LARC) is the hub of support for all members of our campus community for teaching, learning, conducting research, and using technology to support all of these endeavors.
The ABET-accredited programs at UW Tacoma prepares students with the theoretical and practical foundations needed to solve problems in all aspects of computing.
The mission of the Electrical Engineering Program is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to be responsible and productive engineers who can improve the quality of life in the community and become leaders in the field.
Program educational objectives, as defined by ABET are the abilities, skills, and accomplishments expected of graduates within a few years of graduation. The Program Educational Objectives of the Electrical Engineering program are as follows:
Within three to five years of graduation from the EE program, it is expected that many graduates will have:
Developed a complex product or process by applying their knowledge of engineering principles, science, mathematics, design and implementation.
Participated effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Undertaken a leadership role applying communication skills to effectively promote their ideas, goals, or products.
Made decisions related to their work that demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being an ethical engineering professional.
Improved their skills and abilities by taking graduate courses, professional development training, or voluntary experiential learning opportunities.
Made positive contributions to their community and society by applying skills and abilities learned during their undergraduate program in electrical engineering.
Since the objectives are fairly broad, it is not expected that every graduate will achieve every objective.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Students who complete the BSEE program will achieve the following ABET-based student outcomes:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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