Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems (BS ITS) is a 120 credit-hour science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) 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.
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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, and there is an increasingly high demand for 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, these professionals also must understand such functions within organizations as administration, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, human resources and more.
- 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.
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- Degree Plan
- Careers in ITS
- Student Placement
- Student Testimonials
- Additional Information
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 more information about the degree plan, please visit 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.
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: Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014
- BS ITS Internship Statistics: 2012-13, 2013-14
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:
Jordan Alonzo, Class of 2014
After doing some research on the degree requirements and the structure of the degree plan, I knew that ITS was the right program for me. Because of the quality of the faculty and the classes offered, I felt like the program would provide me with the right education and skill set to become a successful IT professional. UT Dallas also provides the additional benefit of having strong relationships with employers in the DFW area. This gives students like me the opportunity to build relationships with professionals with real-world IT experience.
Erin Smith, Class of 2015
One of the best things about IT is that it is a career field with many areas, from programming to business intelligence. The ITS program offers a great range of classes for students to craft their degree into a path they want to follow, or even discover what that path may be. These classes are very hands on and provide real world experiences. You will be given the opportunity to code a real mobile app or work with Tableau, R, and d3 to create data visualizations. I am confident that I will feel prepared for the world of IT when I graduate.
Lakshmi Bhanu, Class of 2016
What I find to be most engaging about the ITS program is its relevant, yet versatile, curriculum structure. Not only is the learning material as highly relevant as the skills are applicable to working with information technology and in real-world business scenarios, the acquired knowledge and skills can also be utilized across an array of careers and industries. As a student, I know this well-balanced, educational foundation acts as a steppingstone in constructing my career path, as it provides me with the freedom to confidently build upon my education, explore various careers or even start my own business.
Luis Garcia Fuentes, Class of 2017
What makes the ITS program at UT Dallas special is the faculty. Whether you are asking for career advice, references or help with homework, they are always there for you. It is no wonder why our program is one of the best in the nation, as we have experienced faculty who are willing to help their students as much as they can. I have no doubt that by the time I graduate from UT Dallas with my ITS degree I will have the skills and the connections necessary to be a successful IT professional.