Information Technology is concerned primarily with the application of existing computing technologies to the information needs of organizations and individual computer users. Potential careers include network administrator, database administrator, system administrator, and webmaster.
The IT program’s aim is to provide its 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. Specifically, within five years of graduation a student should be able to:
(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.
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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/
Information Technology majors must maintain an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better in all required major courses in order to graduate. If at the end of any semester, including the first, a student's cumulative GPA in these courses falls below 2.00, the student may not be allowed to continue as an IT major. All required IT courses offered by the CS department at the 400-600 level must be passed with a C- or better.
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 2.00 or better in all courses taken at UNH.
The IT major requires students to take the equivalent of fifteen courses within the CS department that constitute the core coverage of IT topics. In addition all IT students are required to do at least one internship (IT699).
The IT curriculum also includes a number of courses outside of the CS department. Two courses in mathematics are required - Calculus I (MATH 425) and a statistics course (MATH 539). A two-semester lab science sequence is also required, as well as a technical writing course (ENGL 502).
In addition, 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 five 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.
As a guide to course selection students may use either of the following sets of guidelines:
*Students who entered before fall 2010 will fall under General Education requirements and should consult with their advisor.