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Rensselaer Catalog 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Information Technology


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Completion of the B.S. in Information Technology requires a total of 128 credit hours, of which 56 credits constitute an IT Core and 32 credits are devoted to a concentration. The remaining credit hours fulfill Rensselaer degree requirements. The IT core requirements establish a solid foundation for applying IT to any discipline. The Rensselaer requirements ensure the degree’s breadth and its consistency with long-established Rensselaer traditions. The required concentration provides an opportunity for in-depth study of an IT application area. Concentration options include arts, communication and networks, law, management information systems, medicine, psychology, and numerous others. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students may also design their own concentration through the selection of courses that match their individual interests.

The specific requirements for the B.S. in Information Technology are illustrated below.

Math and Science Requirements: (24 credits)


  • Math Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Physical-Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Life-Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements: (24 credits)


  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. or Soc. Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. or Soc. Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

 

 

Free Elective Requirements: (12 credits)


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

IT Core Requirements: (35–40 credits)


Pick either the ECSE 2610/ENGR 2350/ECSE 2660 (see footnote 1 below) sequence or the CSCI 2300/2500 sequence:

  • ECSE 2610 Computer Components and Operations Credit Hours: 4
  • ENGR 2350 Embeded Control Credit Hours: 4
  • ECSE 2660 Computer Architecture, Networks, and Operating Systems Credit Hours: 4
    or
  • CSCI 2300 Data Structures and Algorithms Credit Hours: 4
  • CSCI 2500 Computer Organization Credit Hours: 4

  • ITEC 1150 Introductino to UML Credit Hours: 1
  • ITEC 2110 Web Systems Development Credit Hours: 4



IT Technology Elective (one of):


  • CSCI 4380 Database Systems Credit Hours: 4
  • MGMT 4960 Data Resource Management Credit Hours: 4
  • ITEC 2210 Introduction to Human Computer Interaction Credit Hours: 4

  • ITEC 4310 Managing IT Resources Credit Hours: 4
  • ITEC 2690 Creativity and IT Credit Hours: 4
    (See Footnote 2 below)

Probability and Statistics Course:


Student-Selected Concentration: (32 credits)


  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Capstone Experience Credit Hours: 4

Concentration Information


The Concentrations from which students may choose are as follows:

  • Arts
  • Building Sciences (Architecture)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Communication and Networks
  • Computer Hardware
  • Economics
  • E-Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Machine and Computational
    Learning
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mechanical/Aeronautical
    Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Pre-law
  • Psychology
  • Science and Technology Studies:
    Information and Society
  • Science Informatics
  • Special Interest
  • Web Technologies


The above list, and the associated required courses for each Concentration are available on the IT program web page www.it.rpi.edu. The list expands as new Concentrations are developed. Students wishing to devise a special interest Concentration specific to individual interests should consult their faculty advisers.

Course Schedule


Below is a typical, but not required, eight-semester course schedule for obtaining the B.S. in IT.

First Year


Fall


  • Physical-Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Math Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Life-Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall


  • ITEC 2960 - Creativity and IT Credit Hours: 4
    (See Footnote 1 below)
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4

One of:


(See footnote 2 below)

  • ECSE 2610 Computer Components and Operations Credit Hours: 4
    and
  • ENGR 2350 Embedded Control Credit Hours: 4
    or
  • CSCI 2500 Computer Organization Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4

Probability and Statistics Course


(See Footnote 3 below)

Third Year


Fall


  • Hum. and Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4

IT Elective (one of):


Spring


  • Hum. and Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Concentartion Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. and Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Concentration Course Experience Credit Hours: 4
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. and Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Additional Information


Only free electives and six credits of the H&SS electives may be taken with the Pass/No Credit option.

If a student chooses to pursue a dual degree with Information Technology as one of the degrees, the dual degree must be the degree that is closest to the student’s Concentration. For example, if a student’s Concentration is Psychology then the dual degree would need to be in Psychology. Currently, Electronic Media, Arts & Communication (EMAC) and Management are not available as a dual degree option.

Footnotes


  1. A special topics course.
  2. Students must select either the ECSE 2610, ENGR 2350, ECSE 2660 sequence or the CSCI 2500, CSCI 2300 sequence. Students cannot mix courses from these sequences. Students interested in pursuing the M.S. in IT degree should take the CSCI 2500, CSCI 2300 sequence. CSCI 2300 is required for admission into the M.S. in IT program. If the CSCI sequence is chosen, the math elective in Semester II must be Math 2800 Intro. tl Discrete Structures.
  3. MGMT 2100 or PSYC 2310 may be taken in place of this course.
  4. See Hum. and Soc. Sci. elective requirements in the H&SS section of this catalog.

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