Information Technology

 

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Department Head: John Hightower, Interim
Advising Coordinator: JoAnn Chandler
Phone: 479.788.7129

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:

Majors

The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology has seven different concentrations in which you can major. The following are some of your choices:
 
Database: Data is rapidly becoming the most important intellectual property of an enterprise. Database developers and administrators help companies extract this value by creating the structures, tools, forms, and reports necessary to using that data in the workplace. Work includes needs analysis, database design and modeling, implementation, testing, and maintenance. Demands placed on a database can be very dynamic and subject to change as the organizations needs change.
 
Networking: Network design and administration professionals are the enablers of the Internet, intranets, and extranets, as well as local and wide area networks, the public switched network, and much more.
 
Programming: Programmers translate business problems into codes a computer can understand. Customer requirements are specified programs written in one of many different programming languages, and the work is tested to assure that it runs both error free and solves the problem it was intended to solve.
 
Web Design: Business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications are redefining the competitive landscape. Web developers play a critical role, helping firms realize their digital ideas through sites that offer catalog information, advertising, and other forms of content; electronic procurement and related supply-chain transactions; help desk and other types of customer support; and intra-company communication and collaboration.
 
All Information Technology concentrations: 
The Information Technology program is designed to provide students with meaningful exit points to the workforce. Program competencies were derived from national standards and validated by regional employers. Skills and Characteristics: 
  • Broad knowledge of and experience with computer systems and Technologies
  • Understanding of logical and physical database design
  • Strong problem-solving and analysis skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Willingness to study to keep up with changing technology

What can you do with a degree in Information Technology?

  • Database administrator
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Information scientist
  • Computer support specialist
  • Computer security specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer network specialist
  • Website developer

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Why should you choose to major in Information Technology?

  • Students graduating with the Information Technology Bachelor of Science Degree are prepared to enter their professional careers with a balance of both theoretical and practical experience.
  • Prepared academically to enter graduate programs in the computing discipline, information science, computing security and information technology specific disciplines.
  • Careers in technical, administrative and consulting fields are readily available.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Graduates are employed with:

  • Intel
  • USA Truck
  • Enbridge
  • ArcBest Technologies
  • Department of Human Services
  • Golden Living
  • Rheem
  • Gerdau
  • JB Hunt
  • Arvest
  • Walmart

Professional Organizations 

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • River Valley Information Technology Professionals (RVITP)