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The Information Technology minor will help to prepare students for careers in business and the sciences where a deeper understanding of Information Technology would provide a benefit beyond the normal coursework in their major. With the Minor in IT the foundations of information technology and an introduction to programming augment introductory Technology knowledge from the student's primary discipline. Further, the minor provides includes an in-depth study of systems analysis and design with an emphasis on doing quality assurance testing on IT systems.
Practical application of information technology is integral to all disciplines. Business and industry today are seeking graduates who not only have expertise in their major, but who have also demonstrated the unique problem solving skills associated with a strong background in information technology. For many disciplines, computing is an essential tool used to explore and expand knowledge. The medical profession implements digital imaging for diagnostics and remote surgery. Music and movie production rely on information technology. Electronic commerce is a viable business model. Bio-informatics integrates biology, computer science, and information technology. Information technology makes possible the visualization of electronic social networks and social network analysis. Recent legislation requires securing vital computing infrastructure to protect resources and data. A minor in information technology helps to prepare students for careers in business, the sciences, healthcare, social services, the arts, government, education, and academia.
To fulfill a minor in Information Technology, students must complete 18 semester hours of coursework with at least nine semester hours in the upper division. Courses taken to satisfy core areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the Information Technology minor. ITFN 4700 Applied Research in Information Technology is required and allows students to map and direct their information technology skills to their chosen major. All courses and prerequisites must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Required Courses (as of Fall 2013):
*** CSCI 1301/1302 or WBIT 1310/2311 may be substituted.
The information technology discipline augments the following essential student outcomes: critical thinking, reasoning, analysis and problem solving, and communication. Graduates with a minor in Information Technology will be able to: