In today’s interconnected world, information and information technology influence all forms of human activity. If you aspire for a career with a high earning potential designing, selecting, implementing and managing technology services, this major is for you.

At The Woods, you’ll receive a solid education rooted in liberal arts, which will help you master the critical thinking skills necessary to manage computer-based information systems. Whether you prefer to take classes on-campus or online, you have the opportunity to grow into a leader who can create effective solutions to today’s technology-related problems and into a professional with a commitment to lifelong learning.

Major

In addition to the general study requirements, the Information Technology major requires the completion of 54 credit hours of IT and business-related coursework.

Business and Leadership Core

18 credit hours required. All courses listed.

LS 275 Intro to Leadership
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course provides a framework for leadership in modern society, where students work individually and in teams to apply the fundamental theories of leadership to cases and projects. Theories of leadership will be described and students will analyze the major leadership traits of past leaders most influential in their lives. Students will begin to value and embrace leadership not as a position but as an ongoing developmental process. All human beings have the capacity to lead and influence the world for noble purposes and course components reflect servant leadership philosophies and leadership related to SMWC’s mission including women’s rights, environmentalism and sustainability.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 343 Organizational Behavior
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
LS 375 Leadership and Change
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course holistically explores the essential aspects of transformational leadership and the tools used by transformational leaders to conduct business in a rapidly changing environment. Students study a comprehensive conceptualization of leadership that includes influence and styles, aspects of management including budgetary control, operations and information technology, and approaches to organizational change. Finally, the idea of total leadership is explored through social responsibility and servant leadership. Prerequisite: LS 275

Campus 3 Credits
LS 400 Leadership in Teams and Community Organizations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Principles and strategies involved in leading teams and community organizations. Students will examine leadership dynamics in small groups and reflect on applications in various settings. Team service project with student or community organization. Prerequisite: LS 375.

Campus 3 Credits

Information Technology Core

24 credit hours required. All courses listed.

IT 161 Programming I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The first programming course. Students use the Visual Studio.Net interface to build GUI (graphical user interface), create multimedia, process files and databases as well as Internet and World Wide Web based client/server networking. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: IT 250

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 250 Foundations of Information Systems
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations. The focus of this course will be on the key components of information systems: people, software, hardware, data, and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. Students will learn terminology and concepts of Information Systems, which provide enabling foundations for interaction between Information Systems and all other functional areas of an organization. Coursework bridges the divide between technical and nontechnical professionals. Prerequisite: None

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 241 User Experience and Design
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course is an introduction to the field of user experience (UX) research and design. students will gain an understanding of what is involved in UX research, including conducting interviews, evaluating systems, and analyzing systems using principles of good design. They will also learn about the work involved in UX Design, including the generation of promising design solutions and the creation of prototypes at multiple levels of fidelity. By integrating successive phases of UX Research and Design, students will see how to learn from inevitable mistakes and improve towards a product with a great UX. Prerequisite: None

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 247 IT Project Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course teaches the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming. Students will develop skills in designing and writing simple computer programs. It requires no programming background. Prerequisite: None

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 287 Principles of Cybersecurity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course explores modern issues in computer and information security, such as digital forensics and encryption. Students will gain a working knowledge of issues and tactics in computer security. Prerequisites: IT 161, IT 250

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 300 Networking I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course addresses the core concepts, theories, and practices of network design and implementation. These concepts, theories, and practices will be reinforced through hands-on projects and case studies. At the end of this course, students should be prepared to pass the Cisco CCENT exam. Prerequisites: IT 161, IT 250

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 347 Systems Analysis and Design
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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System analysis and design deal with the planning and development of information systems through understanding and specifying in detail what a system should do and how the components of the system should be implemented and work together. System analysts solve business problems through analyzing the requirements of information systems and designing such systems by applying analysis and design techniques. This course deals with the concepts, skills, methodologies, techniques, tools, and perspectives essential for systems analysts. Prerequisite: IT 287

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 387 Data Analytics and Decision Support
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course will familiarize students with the assumptions underlying various analytical and statistical techniques and in identifying their appropriateness in a variety of situations. Students should be able to perform statistical analysis using common analytical software and interpret results in a meaningful way. Students are expected to relate results of such analyses to become information-based decision makers. Prerequisite: IT 287

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Business and Leadership Electives

6 credit hours required.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 122 Principles of Accounting II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 354 Salesmanship
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Designed for the student interested in becoming more persuasive in certain situations and who may manage or participate in some aspect of the selling or marketing process. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: March, May. Prerequisite: BU 251.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 353 Digital Marketing Essentials
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides a practical framework to develop and execute digital marketing campaigns. Students will gain a deep understanding of the foundations of digital marketing and its rapid growth and transformation. Strategies of each digital channel, along with its supporting tools, tactics and processes will be explored. Students will receive hands-on experience in developing, monitoring and modifying digital campaign simulations in order to optimize results for marketing objectives. Prerequisite: BU 251.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes, and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasizes the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information Technology Electives

6 credit hours required.

IT 285 Forensic Computing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course teaches how to perform computer crime investigations. The course covers the recovery and analysis of digital evidence, addressing legal and technical issues. Forensic examination techniques of Windows and Unix systems are used to illustrate typical investigative processes. Prerequisite: IT 287

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 310 Advanced Networking
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This second course in networking sequence, this course builds on the fundamentals of networking. At the completion of this course, students should be prepared to successfully complete the CCNA certification exam. Topics covered include: network architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in an enterprise network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Prerequisite: IT 300

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 367 Advanced Cybersecurity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This second course in cyber security explores advanced technological techniques and tools in cybersecurity. Students will use these technologies and skills to identify different categories of threats, and implement corresponding countermeasures. Student will build knowledge of the tools and protocols needed to perform, encryption and authentication of data, operating system and application security, malware operation and analysis, code-level exploits, reverse engineering, security design principles, techniques for reducing complexity, and formal security models. In addition, students will gain insight into the legal, social, and political dynamics of the cyber universe. Prerequisite: IT 287

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 377 Cloud Computing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides a hands-on overview of Cloud concepts and capabilities across the various Cloud service models, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). IaaS topics start with a detailed study the evolution of infrastructure migration approaches from VMWare/Xen/KVM virtualization, to adaptive virtualization, and Cloud Computing / on-demand resources provisioning. Mainstream Cloud infrastructure services and related vendor solutions are also covered in detail. PaaS topics cover a broad range of Cloud vendor platforms including AWS, Google App Engine, and Microsoft Azure. The SaaS and PaaS topics covered in the course will familiarize students with the use of vendor-maintained applications and processes available on the Cloud in a metered on-demand basis environment. Prerequisite: None

Campus & Online 3 Credits
IT 490 Internship
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

IT professionals are needed in all areas of businesses and industries. You will be at the forefront of new technologies designing solutions and ensuring businesses computers and networks are working efficiently.

These careers could include:

  • Hardware and software support technicians
  • Network administrators
  • Systems analyst
  • Project manager
  • Helpdesk technician
  • Web developer
  • Database manager
  • Support specialists

A bachelor’s degree in information technology promises a higher earning potential and a career helping people and organizations advance through technology. Employment data from the United States Census Bureau indicates an average salary of $92,592 for computer and information sciences and support services graduates during 2015. For computer systems analysts, the United States Census Bureau reports an average salary of $80,819, $32,280 more than the national average salary of $48,539 in 2015.

Plus, there’s a strong demand for information technology professionals in a variety of industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong employment growth for information technology-related occupations. For example, the BLS expects employment for computer and information technology occupations to increase 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average employment growth of seven and a half percent for all occupations.