Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 program fills the gap between Computer Science and Management Information Systems. This program focuses on identifying suitable technologies and applying fundamental computing knowledge to solve business problems. Students in this program can acquire a specialization in key Information Technology topics or get familiar with a broad range of computing technologies. Currently all IT courses are online, however, this might change in the future.

Mission Statement
In keeping with the mission of the College of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering strives for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Specifically, the Department aspires to:

  1. Lead the advancement of computer science, computer engineering, and information technology through internationally recognized research and graduate education, as well as technology transfer to regional industries.
  2. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Educate students in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research into the curriculum.
  4. Foster the development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the profession.
  5. Provide quality learning experiences through small classes, active learning styles of teaching, and opportunities for meaningful interactions between students and faculty.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has established the following program educational objectives for information technology graduates of the Department.

  1. Our information technology graduates will apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in their career and/or obtain an advanced degree.
  2. Our graduates will function ethically and responsibly, and will remain informed and involved as full participants in our profession and our society.
  3. Our graduates will successfully function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. Our graduates will apply basic principles and practices of information technology to identify sustainable technologies and apply fundamental computing knowledge to solve business problems.

Entrance Requirements for the Information Technology Program
Students admitted to the University of South Florida and the College of Engineering must qualify for the major by successfully meeting the requirements below. Students who have fully met the admission requirements for the major, and are in good academic standing, may declare Information Technology. Early admission may be possible for students with strong academic performance.

A minimum grade of C in each course is required (grade of C- is insufficient).

Departmental Policies
In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the Department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising and/or mentoring of students.
  2. Exit interview and/or survey as a graduation requirement.

Grading Requirement
Only grades of C or better in IT courses can be used to fulfill graduation requirements; a grade of C- is insufficient.

  1. Completion of:
    • 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
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  3. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

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 at (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: 86 Hours

Major Core Courses - 71 Hours

  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
  • ECO 2013 Economics Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
  • PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics
  • MAD 2104 Discrete Math
  • CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology
  • COP 2512 Programming Fundamentalsfor Information Technology
  • CGS 3303 Information Technology Concepts
  • COP XXXX Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology
  • CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology
  • CDA 3101 Computer Organization for Information Technology
  • INR 3033 International Political Cultures
  • CNT 4104 Computer Information Networks for Information Technology
  • CNT 4104L Information Networks Laboratory for Information Technology
  • EEL 4854 Data Structures and Algorithms for Information Technology
  • 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 Ethics for Information Technology
  • ETG 4931 Special Topics in Technology I (Advanced Written and Oral Communication for IT)
  • ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers (WRIN)
  • *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.

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

15 hours of IT Approved Electives from the following list:

Major Internship Opportunities

The College of Engineering and USF’s Career Services Cooperative Education (Co-Op) program provides services for students interested in experiential educational experiences. A wide variety of industries and government agencies offer internships and cooperative education employment opportunities for engineering students. Participants gain valuable expertise in practical applications and other aspects of operations and development in a professional engineering environment. Students normally apply for participation in this program during their first year in the engineering college and pursue actual internships during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. 

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Undergraduate Advising: http://www.cse.usf.edu/undergraduate/people_to_contact/.

Major Faculty

Chairperson: L. Hall; Distinguished Professors: L. Hall, N. Ranganathan; Professors: K. Christensen, D. Goldgof, R. Kasturi, M. Labrador, R. Perez, L. Piegl, S. Sarkar, A. Weitzenfeld; Associate Professors: W. Armitage, P. Bao, S. Chellappan, A. Gaspar, A. Iamnitchi, J. Ligatti, S. Katkoori, X. Ou, Y. Tu, H. Zheng; Assistant Professors: S. Ghosh, Y. Liu, L. Palmer, P. Rosen, Y. Sun; Instructors: W. Gauvin, W. Hendrix, I. Hidalgo, H. Jeanty, X. Li, R. Tindell, J. Wang, Y. Zhang; Distinguished Professor Emeritus: A. Kandel; Professors Emeritus: H. Glass, D. Rundus, M. Varanasi.

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