Academics

Information Technology Major, BS (CM)

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The Departments of Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS) at the College of Management (CM) and Computer Science (CS) at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) work together to deliver a degree program that addresses the Commonwealth’s and the nation’s information technology (IT) workforce needs. Four of the top ten most demanded majors are IT related1

BSIT Program

The BSIT (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology) program offered through UMass Boston's College of Management is designed to offer pathways to these highly-demanded careers in IT for both high school graduates and students of Massachusetts community colleges’ IT-related degree programs. Our small classes ensure personalized attention from BSIT faculty while our ties to the Greater Boston business and technical communities add an extra dimension of learning to our program of business information technology education. The BSIT program offers an “applications-path” format for students which includes a core of technical knowledge (nine courses), an area of specialization or track within IT (four or five courses, depending on track selection), three professional electives in an application or domain area (preferably outside of IT but within business), and two wrap-up courses (project management and IT capstone), in addition to general education requirements.

The BSIT program is project based.  Every exercise assigned throughout the BSIT is designed to be of the kind that a student might encounter in his or her work: collaboration, competence, and outcomes assessment are the hallmark characteristics of the program.  Students will learn how to use IT to solve real-world problems within the context of a field in which they wish to work. Graduates will be familiar with, and be able to apply, the following core information technologies to solve business problems:

  1. programming
  2. networking
  3. databases
  4. web technologies

In addition, the BSIT program offers four specialization tracks: business intelligence2, computer forensics2, information architecture2 and systems administration.

Learning Objectives

As part of its program to maintain accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College of Management faculty has formally adopted learning objectives for each of its seven degree programs and periodically conducts assessments to ensure student learning for each learning objective and to identify opportunities for curriculum improvement.

The learning objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology  (BSIT) Program are for students to:

  1. Build and maintain information systems.
  2. Design information systems to better support business processes and strategies.
  3. Develop problem solving skills and analytical skills.
  4. Master communication skills.
     

 

[1] Fall 2008 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

[2] Students who plan to take the business intelligence, computer forensics, or information architecture track are encouraged to enroll in the BSIT program through the College of Management.