The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Technology (IT) program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and training needed to pursue careers as IT professionals in one of the most dynamic areas of modern technology.

Program Claims

  • Emphasizes the practical applications of information technology.
  • The IT core courses emphasize user needs based system design, networking, and cybersecurity.
  • The mathematics, science and programming courses provide students with a strong analytical and scientific foundation.
  • Liberal arts courses prepare students to become global citizens.
  • Oral and written communication skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
  • Students can avail themselves of a cooperative education experience. · Specialization in Web Development Technology and/or Network and System Administration and/or Security and Forensics is available.
  • The B.S. in Information Technology degree program with a concentration in Security and Forensics fully meets the NSA & DHS CAE-CDE requirements.
  • The 5 year B.S. in Information Technology/M.S. in Computer Science degree program saves money and time.

Concentrations

The B.S. in Information Technology degree program allows students sufficient flexibility to concentrate in Web Development Technology and/or Network and System Administration and/or Security and Forensics or a second discipline of interest (a minor).

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through the academic year 2020. The B.S. in Information Technology degree program with a concentration in Security and Forensics fully meets the CAE-CDE requirements. Students completing this concentration will help the information technology majors learn the use of cyber-defense techniques and tools in the systems, networks, and database administration tasks. It has the further strength of learning computer forensics from courses offered by the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies.

Degree Plan

1st Semester (14 credits)

  • CSCI1105 Survey of Computers & Computer Software
  • ENWR1001 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry
  • INFO1101 Computer Concepts & Technology
  • MATH1105 College Algebra
  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life

2nd Semester (14 credits)

3rd Semester (16 credits)

  • EGTG2210 Technical Communication
  • INFO2101 Computer Programming for Information Technologies I
  • INFO2105 Internet & Web Applications
  • Laboratory Science Elective
  • UNIV2001 Cross-cultural Perspectives

4th Semester (16 credits)

  • ENGR2286 Digital Systems Design
  • INFO2102 Computer Programming for Information Technologies II
  • INFO2106 Web Site Design & Management
  • Laboratory Science Elective
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues

5th Semester (15 credits)

  • CSCI2232 Data Structures
  • ENGR3000 Modern Tech: Principles Applications and Impact
  • MATH2337 Applied Statistics I
  • Minor or Concentration Course (3 credits)
  • IT Elective (3 credits)

6th Semester (15 credits)

  • CSCI3268 Database Systems
  • INFO3201 Human Computer Interface
  • INFO3205 Digital Media Publishing
  • INFO4278 Operating systems or
  • Minor or Concentration Course (6 credits)

7th Semester (18 credits)

  • EGTG4269 Management & Engineering Economics
  • INFO4101 Data Communication & Computer Networks I
  • INFO4201 IT Needs Assessment & Management
  • MATH2255 Discrete Structures
  • Minor or Concentration Course (3 credits)
  • IT elective (3 credits)

8th Semester (15 credits)

  • CSCI3274 Linux System Administration
  • INFO4205 Capstone Project
  • INFO4410 Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • INFO4844 Programming for the Internet or
  • Minor or Concentration Course
  • Minor or Concentration Course

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE: Three credits must be selected from the Information Technology approved list of Technical Electives, which can be obtained from the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. The courses must be approved by an academic adviser. Students can elect to participate in a cooperative educational experience and earn up to three credits.

MINOR OR CONCENTRATION: Students must either concentrate in a particular area of information technology or undertake a minor other than information technology. Any concentration area or minor undertaken by the students must be approved first by an adviser. A minimum of 15 credits (from various department approved lists of courses) is required for an area of concentration or a minor.

Security & Forensics Concentration

Required Concentration Courses (15 credits)

  • CRIM2218 Computer Technologies and Cyber Crime
  • CRIM3327 File System Forensic Analysis and Investigation
  • CRIM4010 Computer Forensic, Software and Hardware Applications
  • CSCI2235 Survey of Computing Security
  • CSCI3783 Information Security

Web Development Technology Concentration

Required IT Elective Course (3 credits)

INFO4844 Programming for the Internet

Network & System Administration Concentration

Required IT Elective Course (3 credits)

INFO4278 Operating systems

Special Information

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an employment growth of higher than average 11 – 28 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • The Metropolitan Campus computer labs offer over 250 state-of- the art Internet-connected computing platforms with multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, VMWare, etc.) for student use.
  • Software packages for programming, multimedia applications, website design, database management, big data analytics, computer gaming, networking, and security are installed on the lab computers.
  • Servers running Netlab+ allow students practice lab exercises virtually preparing for the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+ and other certifications.
  • All requisite routers, switches, firewalls, servers, wireless access points, etc. and software pertaining to a CISCO Academy are available.
  • Credit-card sized Beaglebone Black and Raspberry-PI computers are available for embedded systems programming and IoT development.
  • Specialized workstations for digital forensics are available for forensic analysis.
  • A Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics lab is under development.
  • MSDN Academic Alliance program provides access to Microsoft software at no cost.
  • Students pursuing the BSIT degree program with the Concentration in Security and Forensics are eligible to apply for the prestigious Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP).
  • The program is undergoing national accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC-ABET).

CAC-ABET Accreditation

In progress

Educational Objectives

The B.S. in Information Technology program will produce graduates who:

  • Enter into and advance in the profession of information technology, management information systems, business administration, or other related fields.
  • Continue their education by obtaining professional certificates or advanced degrees in information technology, management information systems, business administration, or other related fields.
  • Continue to conduct themselves as both responsible professionals and global citizens, who are aware of ethical issues and societal needs and problems.

Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Information Technology program has adopted the Student Outcomes of the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET as its own learning outcomes, which define the attributes, skills, and knowledge that the graduates are expected to possess upon or before graduation. Each Information Technology graduate will demonstrate the following attributes and achievements as required by the CAC of ABET by the time of graduation:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.

Career Opportunities

Information technology is credited with being a major factor in increased productivity and the driving force behind the new global economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that computer support specialists held 565,700 jobs in 2008; computer network, systems and database administrators, 961,200 jobs. BLS also projects an employment growth of 14 percent for the former job category and 30 percent for the latter one from 2008 to 2018.

The two growth rates are higher than the average rate for all occupations. Other IT and computer-related jobs are expected to grow at a faster rate as well. The great demand for IT professionals, not only in the New York and New Jersey areas but throughout the country and the world, ensures graduates of strong employment opportunities following completion of the program.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data:

The official fall term enrollment figures (head count) of the B.S. in Information Technology program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.

Academic Year Enrollment Year Total Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2018 -2019 FT 14 11 7 5 37 Not yet available
PT 2 1 2 2 7
2017 -2018 FT 9 8 12 5 34 11
PT   1   1 2
2016 -2017 FT 5 12 5 9 31 10
PT     1 1 2
2015 -2016 FT 9 12 8 5 34 10
PT   1 1 2 4
2014-2015 FT 11 9 3 6 29 8
PT     1 1 2

FT- full time, PT- part time

Course Descriptions