Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Information Technology (ITC)

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.I.T.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 11.0103 (Track 1 of 4)

College of Engineering


Major Description

The Information Technology (IT) program is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems. The emphasis of the program is on knowledge-based computer and information technology, traditional computer science concepts, as well as more practical topics including programming, applications, and networking, systems administration and the management of a variety of computing environments (in an era of rapidly changing technology). IT students will take coursework in computer organization, human-computer interface, data structures, operating systems, networking, databases, and software engineering. Electives can include such application areas as: advanced database, advanced networking, web page design and administration, and e-commerce as well as a variety of other related areas. Through a broad based set of electives, IT students will be able to tailor their program to satisfy individual preferences and strengths.

Students completing the IT program will qualify for a broad range of positions in computer-intensive businesses and industry such as: programmer analyst, systems analyst, database administrator, network administrator, computer resource manager, systems development manager, and information technology management, to name a few.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Transfer Credit

The USF College of Engineering will accept transfer credit from non-Florida Statewide Common Course Numbering System courses when appropriate if the transferred course has been passed with a grade of C or better and it is determined to be equivalent in both content and quality. In some cases credit for a course may be granted, but the hours accepted may be less than the hours earned at another school. In general, engineering and technology courses taken at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the College of Engineering. Transfer students should be prepared to submit detailed course syllabi from the previous institution if requested.

While credit work from other institutions may be granted subject to the conditions of the previous paragraph, at least 30 credit hours including a minimum number of semester hours of engineering coursework, specified by the degree-granting department, must be taken at USF to receive the baccalaureate degree. Prospective transfer students may contact the College's Office of Student Services (813/974-2684) to request an assessment.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless otherwise stated, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122
  • ECO X013 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  • CGS XXXX Any Database course
  • COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course
  • MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus course
  • PHY XXXX Any Physics course
  • XXXX XXXX Any Discrete Math course
  • COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course

Total Major Hours: 102 Hours

Major Core Courses - 90 Hours

  • ENC 1101 Composition I
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra
  • COP 1930 Special Topics for Information Technology (database)
  • ENC 1102 Composition II
  • MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
  • ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • PSY 2012 Psychological Science I
  • COP 2510 Programming Concepts
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
  • COP 2931 Special Topics for Information Technology (object-oriented programming)
  • MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I (prereq. for MAD 3107)
  • PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics
  • MAD 3107 Discrete Math
  • ENC 2210 Technical Writing or ENC 3310 Expository Writing (prerq. for ENC 4260)
  • COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology
  • ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers
  • INR 3033 International Political Cultures
  • CGS 3303 IT Concepts
  • CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology
  • CDA 3101 Computer Organization 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
  • ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing
  • COP 4703 Database Systems for Information Technology
  • CEN 4031 Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
  • COP 4610 Operating Systems for Information Technology
  • COP 4930 Information Technology Seminar*
  • CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology**
  • CIS 4253 IT Ethics
  • XXX XXXX Approved Capstone Exit Course

* - COP 4930 Information Technology Seminar includes attendance at department-sponsored colloquia as well as attendance at student presentations of their senior projects. Colloquia and senior project attendance at any time during your program can be accumulated and used to satisfy the requirements of COP 4930 when you actually register for that course.

** - CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology is typically a three-credit hour course. Students who need one or two additional hours to meet the credit hour requirement for their degree may take this course for four or five credit hours. Projects in excess of three credit hours will be expected to be more challenging or to have more depth. IT major students should use the summer terms for catch up in the program and internships.

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

  • 12 hours of IT Approved Electives

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