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Information Technology BS

Connecting People, Places and Things

The computer, Internet, and networks have become an everyday aspect of all of our lives. We interact with and carry out daily routines for work, entertainment, and life in general by utilizing computers, networks, the Internet, and various forms of electronic devices. The Information Technology program at the University of Central Missouri prepares you to develop, configure, maintain, and install networks and network-related hardware; secure data and systems; and oversee computer and network architectures, cloud computing, hardware, software, and more. Students can choose one of the following three tracks in the program.

  • Network and Systems Administration
  • Cloud and IT Infrastructure Management
  • Web and Mobile Applications Development

UCM offers flexible course options to fit your busy schedule and career goals. Earn your IT degree in an industry with high demand and earning potential! Access the information brochure about the program.

 

Information Technology Areas

Area 1: Network and Systems Admin

With this area you will learn the skills to create, manage, and troubleshoot computer network infrastructures.

Area 2: Cloud and IT Infrastructure Management

The Cloud and IT Infrastructure Management of the IT degree focuses on providing students with agile and scalable cloud infrastructure deployment skills. As the vast majority of organizations migrate their assets to the cloud, this is high-demand and critical skills. You will be learning how to plan, design, configure, and maintain cloud IT infrastructure safely and securely.

Area 3: Web and Mobile Applications Development

The Web and Mobile Application Development area of the IT degree focuses on providing students with software development skills so they can effectively create websites and mobile apps for better user experiences. It offers not only software development skills but also foundations of the IT infrastructure so you can be effective communicators with individuals such as computer scientists, computer information system specialists, engineers, technicians, and end users so that they take advantage of the IT infrastructure such as new hardware, networks, and technology.

 

Why the Information Technology Program at UCM?

UCM offers information technology students a hands-on opportunity to learn with state-of-the-art equipment under the supervision of experienced, innovative faculty. Additionally, the information technology program offers some courses online using Netlab, a virtual hands-on learning system, which allows more flexibility for students.

Employment of information technology professionals is a constant industry need. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nationwide median salary for network administrators is $79,700, or $38.32 per hour.

Program Information

What will I study?

The Internet and networks have become an everyday aspect of all of our lives. We interact with and carry out daily routines for work, entertainment, and life in general by utilizing computers, networks, the internet, and various forms of electronic devices. These systems all rely on the ever-growing network infrastructure and servers in data centers that make them a functional necessity. As Information Technology is getting highly involved in various industries, IT education also needs to be varied. Our BS IT program will give you more options to choose the subjects you want to study. The Information Technology program offers three concentration areas: 

  • Network and Systems Administration
  • Cloud and IT Infrastructure Management
  • Web and Mobile Applications Development 

The Information Technology program prepares individuals to develop, configure, maintain, and install IT infrastructure through frontend and backend. Information Technology graduates are generalists who collaborate with a team of specialists such as computer scientists, computer information system specialists, engineers, technicians, and end users to create and maintain the needed IT infrastructure for effective communication between systems and individuals to take place. 

What can I do with a degree in Information Technology?

The IT coursework prepares you for careers in roles such as:

  • IT Help Desk Services
  • Network Administrator
  • Network System Engineer
  • Network Service Technician
  • Network Programmer/Analyst
  • Network/Information Systems Manager
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Network Security Manager
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Server Administration and Management
  • Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • System Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Web and Mobile Application Developer

How can I get involved outside the classroom?

Explore Information Technology outside the classroom by joining a IT student organization. These include:

  • Delta Epsilon Iota
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines
  • Information Technology student organization
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Intern/Co-op opportunities
  • Community Service

About our Faculty

The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.

Information Technology classes are taught by knowledgeable, caring, and qualified faculty members who believe in individualized attention for their students. Each faculty member brings something different to the table. All faculty members maintain relationships with alumni and industry associations to assist information technology students with internships and career opportunities.

 

Contact

Shawn Bentley
Program Coordinator
TRG 318H
Tel: (660) 543-8734

Contact

Dr. Hyungbae Park, GCFE, GICSP, GCWN
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 211
Tel: (660) 543-8921
Fax: (660) 543-8013

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