BS in Information Technology

Degree Program Description

Information Technology (IT) students collaborate with other disciplines to create software applications, design and manage technology-based infrastructures, manage database systems, produce videos and films, and use technology to solve a wide range of complex problems. In the two-semester capstone design courses, students complete design projects that serve as a culminating academic experience. Internships with companies for real-world experience and undergraduate research opportunities with faculty are abundant and encouraged. Some students opt to participate in the joint degree program with the Crosby MBA, earning a BS Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration.  Students are prepared to pursue a variety of IT related careers such as programmer analysts, software engineers, database and system administrators, web developers, IT implementation specialists, and business analysts in both the public and private sectors.

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Major Program Requirements

To receive the Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology, the candidate must successfully complete 126 semester hours of credit including the following distribution: Computer Science (CMP SC) course requirements - 55 hours of CMP SC/INFOTC core courses, 12 hours of related math and business courses, 9-12 hours of science, 15-22 hours of courses in a possible minor and any remaining hours for elective courses. General education courses include English 1000, 9 hours of Social/Behavioral Sciences and 9 hours of Humanities/Fine Arts.

Information Technology students must earn a C-range grade or better in all INFOTC/CMP SC courses that are prerequisites for other INFOTC/CMP SC courses that the student takes. To graduate, a student must earn a cumulative UM grade point average of 2.0 or better and a 2.0 grade point average or better in all CMP SC/INFOTC courses.

The Engineering Career Services Office, W1025 Lafferre Hall, can assist students in searching for employment opportunities and for internship/co-op positions.

These course requirements apply to students beginning full-time Fall 2015 or after.

In addition to the major core requirements, students must complete all University graduation requirements including University general education, as well as all degree and college or school requirements. See course descriptions for prerequisites.

Major Core Requirements

Computer Science courses21
CMP_SC 1000Introduction to Computer Science1
CMP_SC 1050Algorithm Design and Programming I3
CMP_SC 2050Algorithm Design and Programming II3
CMP_SC 2830Introduction to the Internet, WWW and Multimedia Systems3
CMP_SC 3380Database Applications and Information Systems3
CMP_SC 4320Software Engineering I3
CMP_SC 4970Senior Capstone Design I3
CMP_SC 4980Senior Capstone Design II3
Information Technology Core Courses9
INFOTC 2610Audio/Video I3
INFOTC 2810Fundamentals of Network Technology3
INFOTC 2910Cyber Security3
Information Technology Technical Electives24
Choose from below or other courses with advisor approval (minimum of 24 credit hours with 12 hours at 3000 level or above):
CMP_SC 3530UNIX Operating System3
CMP_SC 4380Database Management Systems I3
CMP_SC 4830Science and Engineering of the World Wide Web3
INFOTC 1610Introduction to Entertainment Media3
INFOTC 2600Digital Multimedia3
INFOTC 2620Computer Modeling and Animation I3
INFOTC 3610Audio/Video II3
INFOTC 3620Computer Modeling and Animation II3
INFOTC 3630Introduction to Game Design3
INFOTC 3640Digital Effects3
INFOTC 3850Computer System Administration3
INFOTC 4400C#/.NET Development3
INFOTC 4500Team-Based Mobile Device Application Development3
INFOTC 4640Digital Effects II3
Mathematics and Business Courses12
MATH 1300Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
STAT 2500Introduction to Probability and Statistics I3
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
or IMSE 4750 Entrepreneurial Innovation Management: Enterprise Conception
or MRKTNG 4650 e-Marketing

Minor or Science Concentration

Twelve hours in science are required including one 2-semester sequence in which both courses include laboratories. If student completes a minor by pursuing the formal course requirements for minors in a department outside Computer Science, only 9 credit hours of science with one lab are required.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMP_SC 10001CMP_SC 20503
CMP_SC 10503INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective3
MATH 14003MATH 13003
Constitutional/State Law Elective3ENGLSH 10003
Behavioral Science3Humanities/Fine Arts3
General Elective3General Elective1
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective3CMP_SC 28303
INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective3INFOTC 26103
INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective 3INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective 3000/4000 3
STAT 25003Minor3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Science Course4
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMP_SC 33803INFOTC 29103
INFOTC 28103CMP_SC 43203
Minor3Science Course with Lab5
Social/Behavioral Course3Minor3
General Elective4General Elective2
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMP_SC 49703CMP_SC 49803
INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective 3000/40003INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective 3000/40003
INFOTC or CMP_SC Elective 3000/40003Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
Business Course (MANGMT 3000, IMSE 4750 or MRKTNG 4650)3Minor3
Minor3General Elective4
 15 16
Total Credits: 126

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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