Information Technology

B.S. in Information Technology

Why study Information Technology?

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a broad program of study encompassing all aspects of computing technology. Information technology, as an academic discipline, focuses on meeting the needs of users within organizational and societal contexts through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. Information technology is a discipline distinct from computer engineering, computer science and management information systems.

The BSIT program at the University of Cincinnati provides broad foundation in the areas of software application development (Web, mobile, enterprise and desktop), networking and systems administration (including technologies for data centers and storage), database management (design and administration), digital media (development of digital images, audio and video to support IT solutions), and cybersecurity. The student experience is culminated by the senior design experience - a two-semester exploration developing a real-life IT solution. Students present their senior projects to the community in the IT Expo at the end of the spring semester of every year. 

In addition to the broad foundation, each student gains in-depth knowledge and skills in one of five majors: networking and systems, software application development, cybersecurity, game development and simulation, and data technologies. 

The Networking/Systems major encompasses courses in the areas of computer networking and systems administration. These complementary fields support the smooth operation, administration, integration, and security of computing resources. Computer networking involves designing, implementing, securing, and managing data pathways through configurations of routers, switches, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, wireless access points, and other network devices. Systems administration is the management of operating systems such as Windows and Linux servers; Windows, Mac OS, and Linux desktops; and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

The Software Application Development major is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue software industry careers such as software developer, computer programmer, business analyst, web developer, mobile app developer, software architect, and user experience designer. Courses in this major cover skills for developing applications in varied platforms such as Windows, Mac, Android, IOS and Linux, and using development platforms such as Java Enterprise Edition and Microsoft .NET framework. This major covers design and development of a broad array of applications in areas of personal productivity, entertainment, games, healthcare, business productivity, enterprise integration, platform development, and integration.

The Cybersecurity major will prepare graduates for one of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers in IT.  Students will learn both theories and hands-on skills of software and hardware security tools to design secure systems and protect enterprise information and network assets. They will gain expertise in investigating computer related crimes and identifying the resources exploited by cyber-criminals and terrorists. They will also learn how to apply standards, models, and best practices to solve real world issues and draft security policies to mitigate risks and threats of today’s IT infrastructure. The Cybersecurity major focuses on practical skills that are required by IT security professional positions, including but not limited to vulnerability analyst, incident response specialist, penetration tester, intrusion detection specialist, and secure code auditor.

The Game Development and Simulation major combines a solid foundation in game programming with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of game development and production. By completing this major, students will gain a complete spectrum of skills that are needed for exploring the entertainment and interactive technology landscape and related areas, for example: reflection (values, attitudes, and perspectives), imagination (game ideas), composing and storytelling (express values, attitudes and perspectives in a story), visualization (visualize this story in an interactive form of gaming), implementation (using game engines, programming and scripting), sociability (interacting with players and teammates; engaging in online/offline communities), test and debug, publishing, and distribution. In addition, students will gain the knowledge to develop simulated environments for training, testing, and exploration based on real world applications. Students graduating from this program will be capable of developing next-generation games and simulations in the interactive technology fields. Many other fields, including mobile software development, interactive entertainment, and training and education software, have demand for similar skill sets and knowledge. In addition, graduates from this program will be able to further their education in graduate programs or any career that involves designing, developing, implementing, evaluating or interacting with computer-based systems.

The Data Technologies major combines a solid foundation in data administration, management, analysis, programming, visualization, as well as the implementation and administration of enterprise data management systems. Students in Data Technologies will have strong hands-on technical skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills in areas related to data preparation, extraction, transformation, analysis, reporting, and management including storage, security, and governance utilizing enterprise level tools.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Successful professionals in the information technology field are those who are passionate about using computer technology to provide solutions to issues facing individuals, societies and organizations. IT professionals must be flexible and innovative in meeting new challenges, and be persistent in finding solutions. Due to the quickly changing nature of technology, it is important to be a lifelong learner and keep up-to-date on advances in the field. IT professionals must develop strong problem-solving, communication, and hands-on skills that they can apply to various career settings.

Information technology careers lead all other careers in projected job growth in this decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The IT professional is hired by organizations of all sizes in all industries. Typical positions held by recent graduates include software developer, programmer, web developer, network administrator/manager, system administrator, network engineer, information security analyst, security risk auditor, penetration tester, help center analyst, internet engineer, IT consultant, business systems consultant, implementation engineer and OS analyst. Other careers include simulation programmer, mobile game designer, data analyst, data scientist, and database administrator.

Recent employers include: Worldpay from FIS, General Electric, Kroger Company, Insight, Cincom Systems, Convergys, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Co., General Mills, Sigma Tek, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, U.S. Bank, and UGS among many others.

A minor in information technology (IT) provides solid knowledge and skills for students who are non-IT majors. The minor program requires the completion of 18 semester hours of IT courses that includes IT1050, Fundamentals of Information Technology. The remaining courses are to be selected by the student and approved by the academic advisor. This flexibility enables students to focus the minor in IT on their personal interests and career goals. All courses must be taken through the School of Information Technology in CECH.

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The School of Information Technology in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services was the first BSIT program in Ohio and one of the first ten in the nation to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The program is uniquely designed to provide hands-on experience in the core foundation of information technology. Almost all major courses are hands-on, requiring projects and lab experience. Students participate and complete a two-semester senior design experience, in which they develop a real-life IT solution and present it to the community in the annual IT Expo. 

In addition to the unique hands-on experience in the classroom, the IT program requires five semesters of cooperative education (co-op). Beginning their sophomore year, students alternate semesters of paid work in the IT industry with semesters of classroom instruction. The fulltime paid co-op working experience positions IT graduates to have over one year of work experience at the time of their graduation, making them highly competitive for career opportunities. The UC co-op program provides local, national and international placement opportunities. 

The IT program emphasizes problem solving, communication, hands-on skills, innovation and integration in which the technology serves the mission and interest of the users and the organization. 

Honors Program—The University of Cincinnati honors program offers small, interactive classes that allow students to receive personalized instruction and to learn more effectively. The honors program enriches the educational experience of top students through course work and out-of-class experiences. Special topics courses allow honors students to broaden their intellectual horizons regardless of the discipline in which they are majoring. Students may also earn honors credit through experiential learning. Incoming freshmen are eligible to be invited to participate.

Student Organizations—To develop professionally and showcase leadership talents, many professional and social organizations exist in the college. In the School of Information Technology, there are two organizations: the Information Technology Student Association (ITSA) and Women in Information Technology (WIT).

Study Abroad—Study-abroad opportunities exist through the UC International Programs office. Students can study anywhere in the world on any type of program as long as they work with UC International Programs, get approval from their academic adviser and bring back a transcript with passing grades from an accredited institution. There are four different types of study-abroad experiences: UC programs, exchange programs, program providers and direct enrollment.

Cooperative Education (co-op)—The five semesters full time paid co-op working experience provides students with unique technical and interpersonal skills that highly prepare them for career opportunities of their choice. Local, regional and international companies in all types of industries and all sizes participate in this program, offering IT students unique opportunities. The income received helps many students graduate debt-free. 

Information Technology Expo (IT Expo)—This annual community event is a unique tradition of the IT program at UC. Senior students present the IT solution they developed in their senior project to the community in an expo-like environment. Students learn how to communicate the complex technical solution and its impact and value to the public. Faculty, students, and invited guests also present research at the symposium. Projects are judged by local industry and each year, multiple awards are presented.  

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain the required university grade point average for the program.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted graduation deadline for the semester

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Please note: If a potential student is interested in this major and does not meet these minimum standards, they are strongly encouraged to meet with a CECH Academic Advisor to develop an academic plan and discuss a more holistic approach to the admission process.

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at (513) 556-2336.

The information technology program welcomes international students. Admission requirements are the same as university admission requirements for international students and the equivalent of the freshmen and transfer requirements of the program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1*
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Contact Information

Office of Recruitment
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0014
(513) 556-6308
cechrecruit@uc.edu

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Program Code: 18BC-IT-BSIT