Note: The Information Technology Concentration became available in the Fall 2007 semester. Students who are currently in the Scientific or Information Systems concentrations may change their catalog if they wish to use the new Information Technology concentration, but doing so may require them to take additional courses, or may render some courses in their transcript useless for graduation, so such changes should be made with care and only after consulting with their advisor.
Information Technology is one of five currently recognized computing disciplines in ACM's Computing Curricula 2005 overview report. As the report states: "IT is a new and rapidly growing field that started as a grassroots response to the practical, everyday needs of business and other organizations." The Information Systems discipline grew out of a business perspective, and focuses on the information aspects of information technology. "Information Technology is the complement of that perspective: its emphasis is on the technology itself more than on the information it conveys." Students in Information Technology will aim their careers at developing, supporting, or administrating technology, rather than managing information, projects, or other technical professionals.
Information Technology includes theoretical computer science topics, but emphasizes the applications of computer science to the everyday problems of business and other organizations. It includes enough mathematics for graduates to converse with other computing professionals, but does not require as much higher math as the other concentrations. It also recognizes the need for an application area to which a student can apply their computer science skills, so more electives are allowed to achieve this goal. This concentration also has the largest core of required computer science courses.
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