Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
In 2001, the Computer Science faculty, in collaboration with the Management faculty, established the Information Technology Program with emphasis on Secure Information Systems and Information Assurance.
Information Technology (IT) is an evolving interdisciplinary subject that has been driven and shaped by the rapid development of computing, communication, and Internet-related technologies and their tremendous impact on our daily lives. In contrast to the more traditional Information Systems discipline, Information Technology deals with the development, utilization, interrelation, and confluence of computers, networking, telecommunication, business, and technology management in the context of the global Internet. As we enter the Information Age of the 21st century, society will be increasingly dependent on Information Technology and demand for IT professionals will remain high throughout the decades to come. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at New Mexico Tech is administered jointly by the Computer Science and Management departments. The curriculum includes relevant computer science, management, and engineering courses and emphasizes secure information systems and information assurance that are among the areas of research at Tech’s Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis (ICASA) where IT students may find employment or internship opportunities. Students must also take a sequence of 12 hours of technical electives to broaden or deepen their knowledge in an IT area of their interest. Graduates of the IT program will be well prepared for immediate industry employment or graduate study in an IT-related discipline.
The undergraduate academic program in Information Technology should enable our graduates to acquire by the time of their graduation:
- The ability to design, implement, test, and configure software programs;
- The ability to analyze information technology requirements and conduct project management;
- Knowledge of the fundamental principles of information processing and decision, computer security, database, and complex system modelling;
- Exposure to one or more information technology areas;
- Technical communication skills in written and oral form;
- The capacity to work as part of a team; and
- Awareness of the legal, ethical, and societal impact of the developments in the field of information technology.