Getting down to the nuts and bolts
It’s inevitable in business these days: everyone knows the office IT person. While computer scientists concentrate on theory and languages to create new technology, information technology professionals put the rubber to the road to make technology work in the real world. If you are the practical type who takes satisfaction from seeing systems run smoothly and helping people solve technical problems, you should consider a degree in IT.
IT majors learn to work with both software and hardware, including operating systems, cable networks, websites, web servers, database programming and cloud architecture. This broad base of practical skills allows you to interact well with other technology disciplines and become a key team member in any operation.
Keeping the ship afloat
When technology stops working, so do people. There is a constant and ever-growing need for professionals who can create and maintain the systems that keep businesses productive.
Common career paths for IT majors include:
- System administration
- Network administration
- Database management
- Security analysis
Making the right connections
At SFA, we stay connected to the world we send our graduates out into. An advisory council of industry professionals (many SFA alumni) visits every fall to advise the department on keeping our curriculum up to date and to meet with students for career advice and internship and job opportunities.
When we’re not networking in the labs or the lunchrooms, our student organizations host regular game nights and pizza parties, and the department also hosts an annual programming contest.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology
All students majoring in information technology are required to take a total of 34 semester hours of computer science:
- Twelve hours from: CSC 100, 102, 201, 211 (12 hours)
- Twelve hours from: CSC 340, 350, 351, 353, 355 (12 hours)
- Three hours from: CSC 452, 455 (3 hours)
- CSC 411 (1 hour)
- Six advanced hours of computer science (6 hours)
(a maximum of three hours may be used from CSC 385 and 412)
- Three hours from: COM 111, 170, 215
- Three hours from: ENG 273
- Three hours from: ART 280, 281, 282; DAN 140; MHL 245; MUS 140; THR 161, 163
- Three hours from: ENG 200-233H; HIS 151, 152; PHI 153, 223
- Three hours from: ANT 231; ECO 231, 232; GEO 131; PSY 133; SOC 137 (ECO 231 or 232 is recommended)
- HIS 133, 134
- PSC 141, 142
- BLW 335 or GBU 325
- Twelve hours from: CSC 340, 350, 351, 353, 355
- CSC 411 (one hour) and three hours from: CSC 452, 455
- Six advanced hours of computer science
- Minor (or second major) and elective hours as required
Information technology majors are required to choose either a minor or a second major in order to complete their degree.
Information technology minor
Requirements (21 hours):
- CSC 100, 102, 201 (9 hours)
- Nine hours from: CSC 211, 340, 350 (6 hours)
- Six hours from a list of approved interdepartmental courses (6 hours)
At least 12 hours of computer science (six of which must be advanced) must be completed at SFA. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA in minor courses completed at SFA, in advanced computer science courses at SFA and in computer science transfer courses.
*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements