Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems (BS ITS) is a 120 semester credit hour STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program that provides students with a solid foundation in business and information technology. The Information Technology degree focuses on addressing business challenges and creating new opportunities with technology. ITS students will gain the necessary skills to solve business challenges using information technology while also creating new opportunities with technology.
The program features a series of core information technology courses designed to provide a solid foundation in the design and delivery of IT in business processes across many industries. Students specialize in a particular area of information technology by taking guided elective courses. A capstone course in the program allows students to apply their knowledge to solve real-world business problems.
Why You Should Consider ITS
Information technology and systems are present in all aspects of modern living — information systems allow customers to order airline tickets online, shop for and buy products online, and connect with people around the globe. Information technology and systems are crucial in helping businesses make decisions and run websites.
The workforce increasingly relies on on-the-job technology. Many organizations provide some training in IT Management. However, employees who have an in-depth understanding of how to use IT and take advantage of the opportunities IT can provide their organizations are in a stronger career position than their peers without this understanding. The ITS labor market continues to grow ITS professionals who understand both technology and business.
ITS professionals work with technology and must have sound technical knowledge of computers, communications and software because they operate within organizations and use organizational systems.
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- Why STEM?
- The top 10 bachelor-degrees with the highest median earnings are in STEM fields.
- The average annual wage for all STEM occupations was $77,880 in May 2009, significantly above the U.S. average of $43,460 for non-STEM occupations.
- Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs.
- STEM jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent during the 2008 to 2018 period, versus 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM jobs.
- It’s estimated that one million additional STEM graduates will be needed over the next 10 to 15 years to fill economic demands.
- With baby boomers approaching retirement, there will be a lack of highly skilled workers to meet workforce needs. Along with this challenge, the U.S. has to increasingly compete with emerging foreign markets focused on expanding their STEM-related industries.
- All these factors add to continued STEM job growth for years to come, a 34 percent increase in professional, scientific and technical services employment by 2018 as indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Impact on Society
- You can make a difference by creating or improving products, services or applications.
- STEM professionals solve such real-world problems as finding cures for cancer and inventing new forms of energy for conservation efforts. The STEM workforce has an enormous impact on a nation’s competitiveness, economic growth and overall standard of living.
- On average, new STEM graduates earn more than graduates from other fields..
Challenge and Satisfaction
- With a STEM degree, you will be challenged to think critically, solve real-world problems and be creative as a daily part of your work.
- Many STEM fields are consistently ranked as providing the most job satisfaction. Individuals in these fields consider their jobs to be fun because they have the ability to engage in hands-on tasks and work on practical solutions.
- ITS Careers
ITS professionals are business-oriented, technology-proficient individuals who work in many industries.
- ITS professionals initiate, design and apply technology that supports business goals and produce innovative products and services.
- They are experts in strategizing, developing and applying technology to solve problems or leverage new IT enabled opportunities.
- ITS professionals work with computer scientists and engineers to create platforms and focus on understanding business requirements.
- They integrate technologies and design solutions that solve practical day-to-day problems.
- ITS professionals collaborate with other professionals, perform successfully at the individual level and must be able to communicate effectively with excellent oral, written, and listening skills.
- They work in all industries such as banking and finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, government and public service, health care and transportation.
ITS professionals hold various positions within an organization. Job titles include systems analysts, application and software developers, consultants, data analysts and chief information officers (CIOs).
Analysts study business problems and implement systems to solve them.
Chief information officers are senior executives responsible for computer and information-processing operations within their organizations.
Consultants analyze problems and change business processes.
Application developers develop software to gather and store data.
Data analysts extract and analyze organizational data.
Project leaders organize a team of analysts, programmers, and others to create innovative solutions.
- ITS Quick Facts
- Our ITS program was ranked 9th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek (2013).
- In 2012 there were an estimated 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. relevant to technology information systems.
- ITS professionals comprise a significant portion of the IT labor market.
- In 2012, ITS expanded the list of science, technology, engineering and mathematics- (STEM-) designated programs to include ITS jobs.
- The development of ITS professionals is a critical initiative given the need to improve U.S. productivity and generate new businesses.
- Entry-level salaries for students with an undergraduate degree in ITS are between $50,000 and $60,000.
- Connect with the Director
- Degree Plan
- Careers in ITS
- Student Placement
- Student Testimonials
- Student Profiles & Statistics
Connect with the Director
Nothing is more exciting than the changing landscape of information technology. Organizations continue to rely on information technology and systems to meet their goals. Qualified ITS workers are in demand. One reason I am so passionate about our degree program is that it provides a strong foundation in IT and information systems, and there is something for everyone, from those who love to program to those who prefer to work directly with customers.
Just do IT! Please contact us for more information. I look forward starting you off on the right path in a career in ITS!
The ITS degree program includes topics such as:
- managing information technology
- information systems strategy and management
- information systems development and implementation
- business processes
- database management
- business intelligence and data mining
- networking and information security.
ITS is the bridge between business and computer science. ITS emphasizes people, processes and technology.
Academic Degree Plans, Course Catalogs and Course Information
For the latest information about Academic Degree Plans, Course Catalogs and Course Information please visit the BS in Information Technology Systems page of the UT Dallas JSOM Undergraduate Catalog. The Information Systems area offers two minors that are available for all university students.
Enterprise Systems Minor
The Enterprise Systems minor prepares students for careers as functional and technical enterprise systems professionals. It features hands-on courses with SAP, the market-leading enterprise resource planning software package. Students completing this minor are eligible to attend the SAP Consultant Certifications academy (SAP TERP10). They also may take the SAP Business One Certification exam.
Business Intelligence and Analytics Minor
The Business Intelligence and Analytics minor prepares students for careers as data analysts who deal with large-scale data. It provides hands-on skills in business data warehousing and intelligence software.
Careers in ITS
ITS professionals are business-oriented, technology-proficient individuals who work in work in industries such as banking and finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, government and public service, healthcare and transportation.
ITS professionals hold various positions within an organization. Job titles include systems analysts, application and software developers, consultants, computer analysts, business analysts and chief information officers (CIOs).
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The Information Systems Area and the Career Management Center in the Naveen Jindal School of Management work with local companies to develop internship programs for students. Often these internships convert into full-time jobs. The Career Management Center also organizes career fairs to connect students with employers for full-time jobs. Companies that have recruited our students in the recent past include:
Bank of America
- BS ITS Full-time Placement Statistics: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012
- BS ITS Internship Statistics: 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13
Note to international students: International students are eligible to work on a curricular internship for a maximum of 12 months while they remain students. Since the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems is an approved STEM degree program, graduating students are eligible to work for up to 29 months under the OPT program. Please contact the Office of International Student Services for details about these programs.
We encourage all of our students to make internships a part of their educational experience. We like to engage our industry partners each semester by sending them an electronic resume book of our ITM students seeking an internship. The submission deadlines for resumes are the last day of September, February and June for each respective semester. Submit your resume using the links below:
Class of 2017
“The most valuable aspects of the ITS program at UT Dallas are its quality education and curriculum. The degree plan equips students with both technical and management skills that are critical for an IT professional. With a variety of classes to choose from, students have an opportunity to learn about the different career paths within IT and apply their knowledge in relevant business scenarios. This would not be possible without the hardworking faculty who strive for each of their students to succeed. I can say with confidence that the ITS Program at UT Dallas has prepared me with the necessary skills to thrive professionally once I graduate.”
Class of 2018
“Graduating with an ITS degree from UT Dallas tells employers that you have the sought-after combination of high-tech skill and business acumen to compete in today’s market. Organizations need leaders who can apply technology solutions that enable business to move fast, be agile, and connect globally. The ITS program at UT Dallas prepares students for success in an ever-changing digital world. As a fulltime IT professional with more than 20 years of experience, I have a unique perspective compared to most undergraduate students. After a long hiatus, I decided to return to school for personal enrichment and to help advance my career. I chose UT Dallas because it has one of the most talented and diverse group of faculty and students in the country. In addition to the exceptional academics, I value the blend of cultures and the free exchange of ideas the campus life has to offer.”
Class of 2019
“As a transfer student, I reached out to the ITS Department at UTD, and they were always willing to help me with any questions and concerns that I had. Everyone in the department has been accessible and helpful, and the staff is very friendly. They definitely made the transfer process easier, and have helped make my time at UTD great!”
Class of 2020
“What I noticed immediately upon immersing myself in the ITS major was the versatility of the curriculum. As an ITS major, I have taken both business-intensive and technology-intensive courses. ITS provides valuable exposure to a wide range of classes, allowing students to gain a comprehensive perspective of today’s career opportunities. I am also thankful for the thorough support and guidance of the faculty and staff, who play a big role in helping students succeed. In brief, the excellent faculty, versatile curriculum, and job growth makes the ITS major an excellent choice for anyone. ”
Class of 2018
Coming into UTD as a freshman, I knew nothing about what I wanted to do except that I wanted to work within a business field. Discovering the ITS degree my Freshman year changed that. ITS is the perfect balance of technical skills and management skills, and a degree from JSOM equips you with the technical skill set you need to stay one step ahead in today’s fast paced world. What’s even better about an ITS degree from JSOM are the staff and faculty that are easily accessible and readily available to provide help, give answers, or even chat. With an amazing team and variety of classes, the ITS degree prepares each student for a thriving professional career.
Student Profiles & Statistics
|CLASS STATISTICS||PERCENTAGE | NUMBER|
|Enrolled ITS Students||538|
|Students Pursuing Double Majors||28|
|Gender||Female: 126 (25%) | Male: 382 (75%)|
|Ethnicity||Asian 44% | White 27% | Hispanic 12% | Other 17%|
|Status||Full-Time 414 (81%) | Part-Time 94 (19%)|