To apply computing technology within a business and industry environment. The program has three tracks. Two are devoted to Information Systems (Integrated Application Development and Business Systems Analysis) – those applications that help enable a business to run – accounting systems, human resource systems, e-commerce systems. The other is Information Technology – the management, care and feeding of the infrastructure on which information systems run – the servers, the networks, the wires.
The program emphasizes developing the ability to think critically, communicate technical information effectively, collaborate in team environments, and act professionally and ethically, while gaining depth and breadth in information systems and technology.
Jim says: "The skill sets for application development are different from skill sets in information technology, but we give our students a feel for both sides. Application developers have to know something about that infrastructure because their systems will end up there. Information technology people have to know something about the application development process, because those apps are coming over the wall to them."
"Both areas are valuable in the marketplace. Our students get real-world team exercises and hands-on experience. Some of the jobs they go to after the program include systems analyst, application developer, web developer, IT network administrator, server administrator or manager of an IT infrastructure."