Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Information Studies: Information Architecture (GFA)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0106

Innovative Education

http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/bachelor-of-general-studies/information-studies-architecture.aspx

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.

Concentration Description

The Information Architecture concentration provides students with the foundational technical knowledge, information design theory, and best practices supporting designing, organizing, classifying, and improving web sites and other online applications, organization intranets, social networking applications and online communities, and software for a variety of organizations. The Information Architect’s career opportunities may be in information architecture, project management, design, analysis, usability testing, planning, user interaction design, universal access design, web database design, customer management, and other information related fields.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 18 Hours

Concentration Requirements:

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

  • CDA 3101 Computer Organization for Information Technology
  • CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology
  • CEN 4031 Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
  • CGS 3303 IT Concepts
  • CGS 3373 IT Concepts & Data Networking
  • CGS 3374 Computer Architecture & Operating Systems
  • CGS 3845 Electronic Commerce
  • CGS 3847 Advanced E-Commerce
  • CGS 3850 Web Development: JavaScript & jQuery
  • CGS 3853 IT Web Design
  • CGS 4855 Intermediate Web Development (jQuery)
  • CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security
  • CIS 3362 Cryptography and Information Security
  • CIS 3367 Architecting Operating System Security
  • CIS 3932 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking
  • CIS 4253 IT Ethics
  • CIS 4361 Information Technology Security Management
  • CIS 4365 Computer Security Policies and Disaster Preparedness
  • CIS 4368 Database Security and Audits
  • CIS 4412 Information Technology Resource Management
  • CIS 4510 IT Project Management
  • CIS 4932 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology
  • COP 1930 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 2930 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 2931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology
  • COP 3718 Intermediate Database Systems
  • COP 3931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 4610 Operating Systems for Information Technology
  • COP 4610L Operating Systems Laboratory for Information Technology
  • COP 4814 Web Services
  • COP 4816 XML Applications
  • COP 4834 Data-Driven Web Sites
  • COP 4931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • EEL 4782 Computer Information Networks for Information Technology
  • EEL 4782L Information Networks Laboratory for Information Technology
  • EEL 4854 Data Structures and Algorithms for Information Technology
  • ETG 3612 Operations Management
  • ETG 3931 Special Topics in Information Technology
  • ETG 3933 Selected Topics in Technology
  • ETG 3934 Selected Topics in Technology II
  • ETG 4930 Special Topics in Information Technology
  • LIS XXXX Approved Information Science elective

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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