Information Technology

Overview

A major

You are a whiz on the computer, but you also like business. You created your own website for your babysitting or lawn-mowing service in high school and showed your parents how to protect their accounts online. Sound like you? Then you might be perfect for the information technology sector, which includes database networking, information security, and online marketing as some of the major focus areas.

Companies aspiring to maintain consumer confidence in a struggling economy are spending more on information technology to expand their global reach. Increasing demand for specialists in the information technology field means graduates in this major will have plenty of career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that information technology professionals with complementary expertise in business and communications will have the most promising career opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology combines traditional computer science courses with knowledge of business management and financial practices. This integrated curriculum teaches you the range of skills that are essential to success in all careers.

As an Information Technology student, you benefit from exposure to diverse technologies as they relate to business. These include software development, digital arts, databases, IT security management, telecommunications, website building, computer architecture, and project management. The program also focuses on the creation of technology tools and explores topics such as programming, data structures, and algorithm design.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Bryant’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology prepares you for a number of careers. Recent graduates hold titles such as associate application developer, business analyst, software developer, platform analyst, and technology security and risk services associate, to name a few. You will also be prepared to enter graduate school and pursue a variety of advanced degrees.

Information Technology faculty

Bryant’s Information Technology faculty include prominent scholars, teachers, and industry experts and practitioners. They enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service, and bring this knowledge into the classroom. They also provide personal guidance for students pursuing internships and positions in the many industries that rely on exceptional information technology skills and competencies.

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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

 

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

 

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

 

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

 

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

 

 

 

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

 

 

Information Technology Major

 

Introduction to Computing (IT221)

 

Network Management and Security (IT311)

 

Introduction to Java Programming (IT320)

 

Advanced Java Programming and Data Structures (IT321)

 

Database Management Systems (IT330)

 

Computer Architecture (IT348)

 

Project Management and Practice (IT442)

 

Systems Analysis and Information Technology Consulting (CIS441)

 

Four (4) Information Technology Electives*

 

*At least two (2) electives must be IT-designated courses with at least one at the 400 level. Two electives may be IT or CIS with course description at the 300 level or higher.

 

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

 

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

 

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

 

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

 

One (1) Humanities Historical Survey Course

 

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements

 

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

 

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

 

Interpersonal Communication (COM270)

 

Law of the Internet (LGLS356)

 

Science Requirements

 

Physics (SCI264)

 

Physics Lab (SCIL264)

 

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.)

 

Mathematics Requirements

 

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

 

Statistics I (MATH201)

 

Discrete Structures (MATH228)

 

Business Administration Minor

 

Principles of Financial Accounting (ACG203)

 

Introduction to Information Technology and Analytics (CIS201)

 

Financial Management (FIN201)

 

Management Principles and Practices (MGT200)

 

Foundations of Marketing Management (MKT201)

 

Operations Management (MGT201)

 

Two (2) Non-Business Electives

 

Two (2) Business Electives

 

A minimum 122 credits are required for graduation.

 

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To learn more, please contact:
Harold A. Records, Ph.D. 
Chair and  Professor
Department of Computer Information Systems
hrecords@bryant.edu

 

Greatest Moment

Luke Bornheimer '10
Freelance mobile app designer

"Being able to tell Professor [Michael A.] Roberto that I got the job was one of the greatest moments of the whole process," says Bornheimer who, before branching out on his own as a freelance mobile app designer, worked for Google at the company's campus in Mountain View, CA, as an associate in mobile product support/operations. 

It was his passion for the technology industry and his own persistence that landed him an interview with Google and Bornheim turned to Trustee Professor of Management Mike Roberto, who suggested books to read and offered advice and support. 

CHANGE OF HEART

Alex Geer ’12
Associate Systems Analyst, Fidelity Investments

When she first began her college search, Geer refused to consider Bryant because it was her mother’s alma mater. After visiting campus and speaking with students, though, Geer knew it was the place for her. She had always been interested in technology, and, after two required classes, she declared IT as her major. Geer interned as a systems analyst at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments Company conveniently located across the street from Bryant, and today she is an associate systems analyst at Fidelity Investments. “Choosing Bryant will be the best decision you make leaving high school,” she says.