IT Major


Information Technology at CUW

CUW offers an undergraduate minor, an undergraduate major (BS degree) and a graduate degree (MS) in Information Technology. This page describes the BS degree in IT.

To see a complete schedule of CS and IT classes available next year at Concordia see this page.

The Discipline

The Discipline The B.S. degree program in Information Technology is designed for students who are interested in specifying, managing and applying technology for their organization. An IT graduate responds to the practical, ongoing demands of a business for computing resources. Because all organizations utilize technology, the IT graduate solves problems by supporting the business and other employees in their quest for information.

Student Preparation

The information technology student should begin the computer science program with a strong high school background in mathematics, science, and English.

Employment Opportunities

This program prepares students for vocations such as system administrator, network administrator, computer support engineer, technologist, information system trainer, technical marketing professional, communications engineer, telecommunications specialist, computer operations and data center director. A quick check of the employment classifieds in any metropolitan newspaper will reveal the demand for information technology graduates.

Advantages of CUW

  • CUW is a teaching, not a research, university. Our primary goal is to ensure educational success within a Christian framework. Unlike large, state universities, CUW does not employ graduate TAs to teach courses. All courses are taught by faculty professors who care about their work.
  • All information technology instructors have relevant work experience in the field. Thus, they are able to bring valuable “real world” experience into the classroom, ensuring that course material is relevant and worthwhile.
  • CUW students enjoy small class size which results in individual attention and enhanced learning opportunities.
  • CUW has fantastic computing facilities. Possessing the some of the finest computer laboratories for a school of its size, CUW is able to offer students exposure to a wide variety of computing hardware and software.
  • Most importantly, the Christian framework of CUW provides a natural environment for the integration of ethics into the curriculum. Today, employers demand that students be enlightened on moral and ethical issues in computing; CUW provides ethical and moral instruction integrated into the curriculum.

Information Technology Major – Program Requirements

For a description of all courses in the Information Technology program, see the Course Descriptions page.

Core Curriculum: 48 credits

  • SCI 275 is required for philosophical foundations
  • Note: IT majors cannot use CSC 150 to satisfy the core mathematics requirement

Professional Core: 3 credits

  • PHIL 211 Elementary Logic

Major: 40 credits
Required 28 credits

  • CSC 150 Foundations of Computer Science
  • CSC 175 Informatics: Application of Technology
  • CSC 180 Readings in Science and Technology
  • CSC 200 Foundations of Programming
  • CSC 250 Computer Science Theory and Practice I
  • CSC 313 The IT Experience (1 credit)
  • CSC 370 Software Engineering
  • CSC 410 Ethical Computing
  • CSC 430 Database Systems
  • CSC 491 Senior Seminar II

Electives: minimum of 12 credits:

  • Additional CSC courses approved by the department chair – consult with your advisor for approval

Minor: 18 credits +

Free Electives: 17 credits +

Program total (minimum) for B.S. degree – 126 credits

Core courses for CS and IT

Common core – you must take these (unless you plan on minoring in Theology):

  • ENG 103
  • ENG 104
  • HIST 103
  • REL 100
  • REL 110

Narrative core – there are some choices; a recommendation is listed:

  • COMM 105
  • HIST 221 or language
  • POLS 101
  • SCI 275 (required for IT majors)

Elective core – there are many choices; a recommendation is listed:

  • MATH 125 (recommended for IT)
  • ART 141 or MUS 171
  • language – Latin or Greek are good choices for IT
  • HHP 100
  • HHP 160
  • SCI 100
  • PSY 101
  • REL elective

Additional required courses:

  • PHIL 211 (required for IT)

Minor:
Every CS and IT major must select a minor. Some recommendations include: Christian Thought, English, History, Philosophy, Theology, General Business, Mathematics, Business Communication.
NOTE: An IT major is able to minor in Computer Science.

Free electives: Choose courses that interest you. Feel free to take additional CS courses also.


Information Technology Major – Sample Schedule

For a description of all courses in the Information Technology program, see the Course Descriptions page.

1st Year

Fall – 15 credits Spring – 15 credits
CSC 150 (3) CSC 175 (3)
POLS 101 (3) CSC 200 (3)
ENG 104 (3) ENG 103 (3)
HIST 103 (3) MATH 125 (3)
REL 100 (3) REL 110 (3)

2nd Year

Fall – 16 credits Spring – 16 credits
CSC 250 (3) CSC 370 (3)
CSC 180 (3) HIST 221 (3)
SCI 100 (4) PHIL 211 (3)
COMM 105 (3) HHP 100 (1)
LAT 105 (3) PSY 101 (3)
  Free elective (3)

3rd Year

Fall – 16 credits Spring – 18 credits
CSC 313 (1) CSC 410 (3)
CSC 430 (3) CSC Elective (3)
SCI 275 (3) ART or MUS (3)
Minor course (3) REL elective (3)
MINOR course (3) MINOR course (3)
Free elective (3) Free elective (3)

4th Year

Fall – 16 credits Spring – 15 credits
CSC elective (3) CSC 491 (3)
CSC elective (3) CSC elective (3)
HHP 160 (1) Minor course (3)
Minor course (3) Minor course (3)
Free elective (3) Free elective (3)
Free elective (3)