Major in Information Technology

Information technology involves the selection, application, integration and administration of computing and communication technologies to meet the informational needs of individuals, organizations and society at large. The IT program prepares students to enter the workplace as IT professionals and grow into leadership positions or pursue graduate studies in the field.

Information Technology Major Requirements

All Information Technology majors must complete 56 units of shared major requirements and an additional 18-19 units of either elective courses or track required courses for a total of 74-75 units. All courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.0 or higher, and a minimum of 30 major units must be taken at Towson University.

Required Courses
CIS 211FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY3
CIS 377INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY3
CIS 435HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
COSC 111INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS 13
COSC 175GEN COMPUTER SCI4
COSC 236INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I4
COSC 418ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL CONCERNS OF COMPUTER SCIENTISTS3
ITEC 231FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB TECHNOLOGIES3
ITEC 250FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER NETWORKS3
ITEC 274FUNDAMENTALS OF SYSTEM MANAGEMENT3
ITEC 315DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT3
ITEC 325SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE3
ITEC 345SCRIPTING LANGUAGES3
ITEC 411SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE AND INTEGRATION3
Other Requirements
COMM 131PUBLIC SPEAKING (Core 5)3
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY (Core 9)3
MATH 231BASIC STATISTICS3
or ECON 205 STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS (Core 3)3
Electives or Track Coursework18-19
Select six elective courses from the list below ((maximum one course may be lower (100-200) level)); or complete the requirements for one of two available tracks, Network Security or Data Management and Analytics.
INTRO TO BUSINESS PROGRAMMING
VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING
GAMING INTERFACE DESIGN
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT / E-COMMERCE
UNIVERSAL USABILITY: DESIGNING COMPUTER INTERFACES FOR BLIND USERS
APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II
COMPUTING HARDWARE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
NETWORKING AND SECURITY PRACTICUM
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP
EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES
IT ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENTERPRISES
CYBER SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT
DISASTER RECOVERY AND ENTERPRISE CONTINUITY
ADVANCED COMPUTER NETWORKING
ADVANCED DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS
APPLIED NETWORK SECURITY
WEB DEVELOPMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SENIOR PRACTICUM
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Total Units74-75

Network Security Track 

Required Courses
ITEC 357NETWORKING AND SECURITY PRACTICUM3
ITEC 433CYBER SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT3
ITEC 450ADVANCED COMPUTER NETWORKING3
ITEC 457APPLIED NETWORK SECURITY3
Elective Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
COMPUTING HARDWARE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP
EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENTERPRISES
DISASTER RECOVERY AND ENTERPRISE CONTINUITY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SENIOR PRACTICUM
Total Units18

Data Management and Analytics Track 

Required Courses
ITEC 451ADVANCED DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS3
CIS 328INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYTICS3
CIS 428TEXT ANALYTICS3
CIS 468APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS3
Elective Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP
EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES
IT ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENTERPRISES
DISASTER RECOVERY AND ENTERPRISE CONTINUITY
WEB DEVELOPMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SENIOR PRACTICUM
Total Units18
1

Students may substitute COSC 112, COSC 119 or equivalent.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COMM 131 or 132 (Core 5)3COSC 1754
COSC 1113ECON 205 or MATH 231 (Core 3)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 43Core 103
Core 63Core 113
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 2113ITEC 2313
COSC 2364ITEC 2503
MATH 2633ITEC 2743
Core 74Core 83-4
 Core 133
 14 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3773ENGL 317 (Core 9)3
ITEC 3153ITEC 3453
ITEC 3253IT Elective (from approved list)3
IT Elective (from approved list)3IT Elective (from approved list)3
Core 123Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 418 (Core 14)3CIS 4353
ITEC 4113IT Elective (from approved list)3
IT Elective (from approved list)3IT Elective (from approved list)3
Core or Elective3Elective3
Core or Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-121
  1. Use their proficiency with information technology principles and practices to solve a variety of problems.
  2. Explain the selection, deployment, and maintenance principles that underlie information technology.
  3. Understand the ethical and societal issues facing information technology professionals and formulate appropriate solutions.
  4. Work and communicate effectively in teams.