Information Technology, BS

Contact Info

Department of Information Sciences and Technology
George Mason University
5400 Nguyen Engineering Building, MS 1G8
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone (703) 993-3565

Email: bsit@gmu.edu

The alarm goes off. You swipe the screen of your smartphone and check your Twitter feed "@GMUIST #GoodMorning." Before you roll out of bed for the day, you've begun contributing valuable data to a rapidly growing stream. How will that information be used? For business? For science? For societal good? A BS in information technology is geared toward using data effectively and understanding the extraordinary complexity of information that surrounds us. Our goal is to lead the discovery of principles and processes that improve this rapidly changing discipline.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Information Technology, BS

Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program.
 

The objectives of the Information Technology, BS program relate to the abilities of the graduates several years after graduation.  Graduates of the program are expected within three to five years of graduation to have:

  • Been employed in a position in which they have successfully used their information technology skills (including: problem solving, analytic, presentation and personal skills) as evidenced by achieving improved organizational objectives;
  • Progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in the workplace;
  • Demonstrated ethical, social and professional responsibility consistent with professional societies;
  • Worked effectively in teams, whether as a participant or as a leader;
  • Grown through self-study, continuing education and professional development relevant to their profession.
     

Admission Requirements

Students who meet Mason’s general eligibility requirements may apply for admission to the IT major. Admission is based on the appropriateness of the student’s academic objectives and the likelihood of the student benefiting from the program. Preference in admission is given to students who have four years of high school mathematics, including precalculus.

Degree Requirements (120 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) n/a

Major Requirements (90-91 credits)
 

Foundation Courses (21 credits)

  • IT 102 - Discrete Structures (3 credits)
    or MATH 125 - Discrete Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • IT 104 - Introduction to Computing (3 credits)
  • IT 105 - IT Architecture Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 106 - Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 206 - Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • IT 216 - Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
  • STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I (3 credits)

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • IT 207 - Applied IT Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 213 - Multimedia and Web Design (3 credits)
  • IT 214 - Database Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 223 - Information Security Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 300 - Modern Telecommunications (3 credits)
  • IT 304 - IT in the Global Economy (3 credits)
  • IT 341 - Data Communications and Network Principles (3 credits)
  • IT 342 - Operating Systems Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 343 - IT Project Management (3 credits)
  • MBUS 300 - Accounting in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • SYST 469 - Human Computer Interaction (3 credits)

Two-semester sequence of approved capstone design courses (7 credits)

  • IT 492 - Senior Design Project I (3 credits)
  • IT 493 - Senior Design Project II (4 credits)

Information Technology Concentrations (15 credits)

Students choose one of six concentrations from the list below. To be eligible to choose a concentration, a student must have a B or better grade in the concentration’s gateway course. Concentration gateway courses are as follows:

  • Database Technology and Programming (DTP):
    • IT 206 - Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving
      or IT 214 - Database Fundamentals 
  • Health Information Technology (HIT):
    • IT 214 - Database Fundamentals 
  • Information Security (INFS):
    • IT 223 - Information Security Fundamentals 
  • Information Technology Entrepreneurship (ITE):
    • IT 106 - Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming 
  • Networking and Telecommunications (NTEL):
    • IT 341 - Data Communications and Network Principles 
  • Web Development and Multimedia (WDM):
    • IT 213 - Multimedia and Web Design 

To fulfill the requirements for a concentration, students need 15 credits made up of four courses from their chosen concentration and a fifth course chosen from any of the six concentrations. All concentration courses require a grade of B or better in the prerequisite gateway course. 

Students may choose to have two concentrations. To be eligible, the student must have a B or better in the gateway course for each concentration. If two concentrations are declared, the student must take four courses in each concentration, for a total of eight concentration courses. 

Database Technology and Programming (DTP)

  • IT 306 - Program Design and Data Structures (3 credits)
  • IT 308 - Event-Driven Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 314 - Database Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 315 - Mobile Development (3 credits)
  • IT 322 - Health Data Challenges (3 credits)
  • IT 344 - Information Storage and Management Technologies (3 credits)
  • IT 369 - Data and Application Security (3 credits)
  • IT 390 - Rapid Development of Scalable Applications (3 credits)
  • IT 410 - Web Programming (3 credits)
  • IT 414 - Database Administration (3 credits)
  • IT 490 - Application Maintenance and Spiral Development (3 credits)

Health Information Technology (HIT)

  • HAP 360 - Introduction to Health Information Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 322 - Health Data Challenges (3 credits)
  • IT 324 - Health Information Technology Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • IT 390 - Rapid Development of Scalable Applications (3 credits)
  • STAT 362 - Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages (3 credits)

Information Security (INFS)

  • IT 353 - Information Defense Technologies (3 credits)
  • IT 357 - Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing (3 credits)
  • IT 366 - Network Security I (3 credits)
  • IT 369 - Data and Application Security (3 credits)
  • IT 429 - Security Accreditation of Information Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 462 - Information Security Principles (3 credits)
  • IT 466 - Network Security II (3 credits)
  • IT 467 - Network Defense (3 credits)

Information Technology Entrepreneurship (ITE)

  • IT 315 - Mobile Development (3 credits)
  • IT 390 - Rapid Development of Scalable Applications (3 credits)
  • IT 490 - Application Maintenance and Spiral Development (3 credits)
  • IT 495 - Turning Ideas into Successful Companies (3 credits)
  • IT 496 - Decision Making in IT Ventures (3 credits)
  • MBUS 304 - Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise (3 credits)

Network and Telecommunications (NTEL)

  • ECE 301 - Digital Electronics (3 credits)
  • IT 366 - Network Security I (3 credits)
  • IT 441 - Network Servers and Infrastructures (3 credits)
  • IT 445 - Advanced Networking Principles (3 credits)
  • IT 455 - Wireless Communications and Networking (3 credits)
  • IT 465 - Peer-to-Peer Systems and Overlay Networks (3 credits)
  • IT 484 - Voice Communications Technologies (3 credits)
  • IT 488 - Fundamentals of Satellite Communications (3 credits)

Web Development and Multimedia (WDM)

  • IT 315 - Mobile Development (3 credits)
  • IT 331 - Web I: Web Development (3 credits)
  • IT 332 - Web Server Administration (3 credits)
  • IT 335 - Web Development using Content Management Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 390 - Rapid Development of Scalable Applications (3 credits)
  • IT 415 - Information Visualization (3 credits)
  • IT 431 - Web II: Advanced Web Development (3 credits)
  • IT 436 - Agile Web Development with Open Source Frameworks (3 credits)

Other Major Requirements (14-15 credits)

  • Natural Science: 7 credits of natural science, including at least one 4-credit course with lab. Students should choose these from the list of courses approved for Mason Core (these credits can also apply toward Mason Core requirements).
  • COMM 100 - Public Speaking (3 credits)
    or COMM 101 - Interpersonal and Group Interaction (3 credits)
  • IT 293 - Applied IT: Junior Transition (1 credit)
  • MATH 108 - Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (3 credits)
    or MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)

Additional Mason Core (21 credits)

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements.

  • Written Communication: 6 credits
  • Literature: 3 credits
  • Arts: 3 credits
  • Western Civilization/World History: 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Science: 3 credits
  • Global Understanding: 3 credits

Electives (8-9 credits)

Students must complete additional coursework to bring their total number of credits to 120.

Note:

All students must complete at least 24 credits of social science and humanities course work, which is normally satisfied by the 24 credits of Mason Core social science and humanities courses listed above, including COMM 100 or COMM 101.

 

Opportunities

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology can expect to find jobs as web developers, database administrators, security analysts, network engineers, IT entrepreneurs, and more. They work in the public and private sector for government contractors or for local, state, and federal agencies, as well as in high-tech companies.

The information technology bachelor’s degree emphasizes hands-on experience tackling real-world problems with its year-long senior capstone project, and a PITCH IT competition sponsored by the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE) and local industry partners. The program in web development is a one-of-a-kind concentration where students learn the theory and latest technologies in web development.

Students have ample opportunities to gain additional training through the CISCO Networking Academy and can become CISCO certified while earning college credit. The department also offers DHS NSA certification for interested students. Many IT students work while earning their degree, and the online degree completion program was ranked #17 by Best Choice Schools in 2016.

Concentrations in:

  • Database Technology and Programming
  • Healthcare IT
  • Information Security
  • Information Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Web Development and Multimedia
This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.