Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Information Technology (IT) offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on Information Technology and Computer Science. In addition, the program is unique in that it merges traditional academic topics with leading edge and current IT practices and technology.

The overarching goal of the program is to prepare students with broad, integrated IT knowledge including communications, computer networking, computer-based systems, database management, software development, website development, digital media and electronic publishing. Students learn how to evaluate current and emerging technologies; identify user needs; design user-friendly interfaces; apply, configure and manage technologies; and assess the impact of technologies on individuals, organizations and society.

Vancover illustration 2903 FULLStudents majoring in Information Technology in the Gildhart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering complete courses in Network and Systems Administration and Web Technology. These courses provide students with the competencies necessary to plan, customize and manage secure network and operating system configurations for optimum business applications and plan, design and maintain professional quality websites and internet applications for e-commerce and other business applications. These courses may  also lead to certification in IT fields such as CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+, and they may provide practicum experiences to qualified students. In addition, certification exam vouchers are provided as part of the program.

FDU recognizes that the field of Information Technology is connected to a vast range of industries and businesses.  To help develop a broader understanding of the fields in which IT applications may be used, students are required as a part of their program to complete an additional area of specialization.  Students majoring in Information Technology may choose from two program options:

  • Complete a specialization in another area of study at FDU such as Business, Communications or Hospitality/Tourism.
  • Complete a Minor in Business Administration through the Silberman College of Business.

Students will be required to complete 18 credits in their area of specialization/minor.  (See additional details below).

Career Pathways

Graduates of Fairleigh Dickinson University's B.S. in Information Technology program are qualified IT professionals who are prepared for careers in a wide-range of IT-related areas, as follows:

  • Computer networking
  • Network and systems administration
  • Website development and management
  • Digital media design
  • Management information systems (MIS)
  • Database management
  • Software development

The Vancouver Campus is a member of CompTIA's "Education to Career" program. Graduates of FDU-Vancouver's B.S. in Information Technology program are encouraged to complete IT certification exams as part of their program, ensuring that they are "market-ready" when they graduate.

Certificate Programs

Students who wish to complete a certificate program in Network and Systems Administration and Web Technology may do so outside the B.S. in Information Technology program as long as they are eligible and have completed the necessary prerequisite courses in information technology. Each certificate program is comprised of 18 credits of course work. In addition, a certificate program in Information Technology is available to eligible students.

The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering offers examination vouchers for IT certifications in CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ as part of its programs. Degree and non-degree students may earn such vouchers.

Career Opportunities

Information technology (IT) is credited with being a major factor in increased productivity and the driving force behind the global economy. There is a great demand for IT professionals in North America ensuring graduates strong employment opportunities following successful completion of the program.

The Canadian Software Human Resource Council reports that the IT workforce in Canada is 600,000 strong and growing, with British Columbia enjoying phenomenal growth in the high-tech computing sector. "Over the past several years, BC's tech industry has led the entire country in employment growth. Today, despite the current economic challenges, we continue to see growth in the tech sector with the most recent statistics showing 6% growth between August 2008 and July 2009," said Cindy Pearson, COO of the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), as cited in www.employmentinvancouver.com. Also, according to Salary Wizard Canada of Salary.com, a typical Web Designer working in Vancouver, British Columbia, earns a median base salary of $65,517, as reported by corporate HR departments in September 2009.

The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18-27 percent growth in the workforce in areas such as computer support specialists and system administrators between 2004 and 2014. Moreover, IT professionals have consistently earned salaries much higher than the US national mean salary for all occupations, which was $42,270 for the year 2008, as reported in the Occupational Employment Statistics Report, May 2008, of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A salary listing website, cbsalary.com, listed the US national average salary for Web Developers at $80,473, for Database Administrators at $90,173, and for UNIX Administrators at $86,967, as of September 2009.

Vancouver's proximity to Seattle and the Silicon Valley, which are home to a great number of IT companies including Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Cisco Systems to mention a few, gives its students another great advantage in terms of pursuing their career goals in IT.

Students in the B.S. in Information Technology program must complete a minimum of 130 credit hours of course work. The distribution is:

Mathematics, Science, and Programming Requirements
18 credits
Liberal Arts Requirements
31 credits
IT Core Requirements
54 credits
Business Administration courses
18 credits
Free Electives
9 credits
Total
130 credits

Descriptions of all the courses can be viewed at http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=5649.

The curriculum plan (also referred to as "checksheet" or "degree audit") is available for download:

Program Objectives and Outcomes for the B.S. in Information Technology

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The main objective of the B.S. in Information Technology is to produce graduates who:

  1. 1. Have a technical and basic business education with an appropriate combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which will enable them to enter into and advance in the profession of information technology, management information systems, and business administration.
  2. 2. Possess the necessary foundation to continue their formal education and obtain advanced degrees in information technology, management information systems, business administration, or other related fields.
  3. Can engage effectively in oral, written, and graphical communications and are comfortable in both interpersonal and public settings.
  4. Have the knowledge and skills that enable them to participate in life-long learning and to adapt to an ever-changing, global technological and business environment.
  5. Have a well-rounded education that enables them to conduct themselves as responsible professionals and global citizens who are aware of ethical issues and societal needs and problems.

The program objectives define the skills, knowledge, and attributes that graduates are expected to possess three to four years following graduation, and they fulfill the needs of our several University constituencies, including alumni, students, the Industrial Advisory Committee, the faculty, and employers. These objectives are consistent with the mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University “to educate and prepare students as world citizens through global education.”

Program Outcomes

Upon or before graduation, each information technology (IT) graduate will possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes to:

  1. Apply mathematical knowledge, scientific principles, and computer and technical concepts in problem-solving.
  2. Evaluate, apply, and manage technologies in various fields of IT, including software applications, management information systems, digital media publishing, Web site development and management, databases, and computer networks.
  3. Design and conduct experiments to resolve IT hardware and software problems.
  4. Assess user needs and the impact of technological solutions in a global and societal context.
  5. Communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical modes.
  6. Work effectively in teams.
  7. Understand professional and ethical responsibility towards society.
  8. Engage in life-long learning and to keep abreast of contemporary issues.
  9. Develop an awareness and understanding of another field of study like Business, Communications or Hospitality Tourism, and how IT systems and needs relate to those fields.

 

Mathematics, Science, and Programming Requirements (18 Credits)
MATH2337Applied Statistics3 credits
EGTG2201 Applied Calculus 3 credits
Lab Science Course3 credits
ENGR3000 Modern Technologies: Principles, Appl. & Impacts 3 credits
INFO2101 Computer Programming I for IT3 credits
INFO2102 Computer Programming II for IT 3 credits
Liberal Arts Requirements (31 Credits)
ENWR1101 Academic Writing 3 credits
ENWR1102 Academic Research and Writing  3 credits
EGTG2210 Technical Communications 3 credits
ART1177 Intro. to Digital Media 3 credits
CORE3004 The Global Challenge 3 credits
CORE1001 Perspectives on the Individual 3 credits
CORE2003 Cross-Cultural Perspectives 3 credits
CORE2002 The American Experience 3 credits
_________ Humanities/Social Science Elective 3 credits
_________ Humanities/Social Science Elective 3 credits
FRSH1000 Freshman Seminar 1 credit
IT Core Requirements (54 credits)
INFO1101Computer Concepts and Technology 3 credits
INFO1105 Software Applications in Business and Technology 3 credits
INFO1201 Information Technology 3 credits
INFO2105 Internet and Web Applications 3 credits
INFO2106 Web Site Design and Management 3 credits
CSCI2232 Data Structures 3 credits
EENG2286 Digital Systems 3 credits
CSCI3268 Database Systems 3 credits
INFO3201 Human Computer Interface 3 credits
INFO3205 Digital Media Publishing 3 credits
INFO4101 Data Communications & Computer Networks I 3 credits
INFO4102 Data Communications & Computer Networks II 3 credits
ENGR4210 Management and Engineering Economics 3 credits
INFO4201 IT Needs Assessment & Management 3 credits
INFO4205 IT Capstone Project 3 credits
INFO4410 Fundamentals of Cyber Security3 credits
_________ Technical Elective3 credits
_________ Technical Elective3 credits

Additional Area of Specialization (18 credits) - choose from:

Complete a Specialization in another area of study:

  1. Students must take 18 credits in a subject area other than information technology or computer science as approved by the Program Coordinator. Courses must be at a 2000 level of above.
  2. Complete a Minor in Business Administration through the Silberman College of Business http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=7977
    • Students must complete the following courses and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the courses:
      • I. ACCT 2021 Introductory Financial Accounting - 3 Credits
      • ii. ECON 2001 Introduction to Microeconomics - 3 Credits
      • iii. FIN 3250 Principles of Financial Analysis* - 3 Credits
      • iv. MKTG 2120 Principles of marketing - 3 Credits
      • v. LAW 2276 Business and the Law - 3 Credits
      • vi. MGMT 2600 Organizational Behavior** - 3 Credits
    • Note The following courses offered prior to 2013 will be accepted to meet the requirement:
      • *FIN 3045 Business Finance - 3 Credits
      • **BUSI 2160 interpersonal Skills in Organizations - 3 Credits
Free Electives (9 credits)
_________ Free Elective3 credits
_________ Free Elective3 credits
_________ Free Elective3 credits

The total number of credits is 130