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Computer Science

Information Technology Major Requirements

In addition to the institutional and distribution requirements for the college, the course requirements for the computer science major are as follows:

  • CSC 1510 Introduction to Science of Information
  • CSC 1610 Problem Solving with Programming
  • CSC 2000-2004  Information Technology Internship
  • CSC 2620 Object Oriented Programming
  • CSC 3500 Human Computer Interaction
  • CSC 3720 Computer Architecture
  • CSC 3810 Database Principles
  • CSC 3875 System Administration, Privacy, Ethics, Technology
  • CSC 3935 Data Networking
  • CSC 3950 Web Technologies
  • CSC 4055 Computer and Network Security
  • CSC 4920 Information Technology Systems
  • CSC 5925 Data Communications
     
  • MTH 1111 Basic Statistics 
  • MTH 1314 Discrete Mathematics
  • One elective from the following list:
    • BUS 1100 Essentials of Business Analysis & Decision Making
    • CSC 3320 Operating Systems
    • EEN 4265 Engineering Management

Minor Requirements

  • CSC 1510 Introduction to Information Technology
  • CSC 1610 Problem Solving with Programming
  • CSC 2620 Object Oriented Programming
  • Three of the following:
    • CSC 3500 Human Computer Interaction
    • CSC 3810 Database Principles
    • CSC 3875 System Administration, Privacy, Ethics, Technology
    • CSC 3935 Data Networking
    • CSC 3950 Web Technologies
    • CSC 4055 Computer and Network Security
    • CSC 3925 Data Communications

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) focuses on building and managing secure information systems that run our modern world. The IT professional is the expert who helps users in an organization make sense of the technology around them.  

Important areas in Information Technology include: Networking, Security, Database Administration, Web Site Design/Programming, and E-Commerce. 

Why should I Choose to Study Information Technology?

People working to solve every major challenge facing our world today turn to technology in their search for solutions.   With a background in IT, you can:

  • Manage the large databases of genetic information stored in our DNA  to help biologists conquer disease;
  • Interface imaging equipment to other high tech equipment  for health procedures;
  • Build, administer and support networks for gaming, e-commerce, social networking, on-line music and movie distribution, search engines, mobile computing;
  • Build and maintain web sites and services.

Technology permeates most of what we do so opportunities are limitless!

Will I get a job after graduation? 

New growth areas:     % Increase in Jobs
Database Administrators +20%
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts +53%
Computer Systems Analysts +13%

 Source:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t07.htm

Why should you study IT at Merrimack?

  • Our curriculum includes an internship!
  • Our curriculum is based on the recommendations of leading IT professionals (The Association for Computing Machinery - 2008).
  • Our program provides a strong coverage of current technology, together with a strong Liberal Arts foundation that will help you effectively communicate within an organization.
  • Our classes are small so you get personal attention.
  • You can opt to take advantage of our cooperative education program where you will gain practical “real world” experience while earning money and making professional contacts.

 

For more information please contact:  Prof. Vance Poteat, Chair, Department of Computer Science, vance.poteat@merrimack.edu, 978 837 3420.