Information Assurance

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B.S. in Information Technology

The world of IT is vibrant and constantly growing, and knowledge gained now will last a lifetime. Become more than a techie: gain critical thinking skills and become the confident problem solver who displays strong communication and leadership.

What you'll study
Network security. Database management. Human-computer interaction. These core courses prepare you for advanced and independent studies. Choose an IT internship, or develop your own project with faculty guidance.

How you'll learn more
Hands-on learning builds your skills and helps you understand critical theoretical knowledge. Courses on multimedia design, computing platforms, and other prominent areas makes you a well-rounded student and future employee.

Where it can take you
From cyber security, to computer forensics, to mobile solutions, your skills will be in high demand. Work in the private or public sector to touch the lives of users around the world.

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A successful information technology graduate is expected to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
  4. Display an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities by analyzing the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  5. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  6. Effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment;
  7. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  8. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
  9. Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies;
  10. Identify and analyze user needs, and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems;
  11. Identify best practices and standards and their applications.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (64 credits)

Core Courses (55 credits)

  • MATH 1200 or higher Pre-calculus Algebra (3 credits)
  • CSIS 2000 Introduction to Database Systems (3 credits)
  • CSIS 2050 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
  • CSIS 2101 Fundamentals of Computer Programming (4 credits) OR TECH 2100 Introduction to Programming (4 credits)
  • CSIS 3500 Networks and Data Communication (3 credits)
  • CSIS 4010 Computer Security (3 credits)
  • CSIS 4530 Database Management (3 credits)
  • TECH 1111 Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • TECH 1800 Introduction to Information Technology (3 credits) OR CSIS 1800 Introduction to Computer Science and Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
  • TECH 2150 Introduction to Internet Resources (3 credits)
  • TECH 3000 Multimedia Design (3 credits)
  • TECH 3010 Principles of Web Design (3 credits)
  • TECH 3022 Integrative Programming and Technologies (3 credits)
  • TECH 3810 Computing Platforms (3 credits)
  • TECH 4055 System Architecture (3 credits)
  • TECH 4310 Web Services and Systems (3 credits)
  • TECH 4350 Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
  • TECH 4900 Directed Project in Information Technology (3 credits)* OR TECH 4950 Internship in Information Technology (3 credits)*

MAJOR ELECTIVES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from the following courses:

  • CSIS 3023 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Computers (3 credits)
  • CSIS 4500 Network Security (3 credits)
  • TECH 2130 Business Applications of Microcomputers (3 credits)
  • TECH 4500 Wireless Network Infrastructures (3 credits)
  • TECH 4710 Basic Computer Forensics (3 credits)
  • TECH 4890 Special Topics in Information Technology (3 credits)
  • TECH 4900 Directed Project in Information Technology (3 credits)*
  • TECH 4950 Internship in Information Technology (3 credits)*
  • TECH 4990 Independent Study in Technology (3 credits)

*Can be counted only once, either as a core course requirement or a major elective requirement

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

View sample 4-Year Academic Plan

Graduates of this program can become leaders in a variety of professional positions and industries, including:

  • Database Administrator
  • Information Technology Architect
  • Information Technology Support
  • Infrastructure Specialist
  • Mobile Solutions Support
  • Network Support
  • Systems Engineer (Sales Support)
  • User Account Support

Professional responsibilities might include:

  • installation of networks
  • network administration and security
  • design of Web pages
  • development of multimedia resources
  • installation of communication components
  • oversight of email systems
  • planning and management of the technology lifecycle by which an organization's technology is maintained, upgraded, and replaced

Click here for additional career information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.

Are you planning to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in a related field of study? Consider NSU's Dual Admission Program, which enables qualified undergraduates at NSU to secure early acceptance into one of the university's competitive graduate and professional degree programs.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4 Year Plan of Study