May 25, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024

Information Technology and Web Science B.S.


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Completion of the B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science requires a total of 128-130 credit hours, of which 56-58 credits constitute an ITWS Core and 32 credits are devoted to a Focus Track. The remaining credit hours fulfill Rensselaer degree requirements. The ITWS core requirements establish a solid foundation for applying ITWS to any discipline. The Rensselaer requirements ensure the degree’s breadth and its consistency with long-established Rensselaer traditions. The required Focus Track provides an opportunity for in-depth study of an ITWS application area. Focus Track options include arts, computer networking, data science, law, information security, management information systems, medicine, psychological science, web technologies and numerous others. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students may also design their own Focus Track through the selection of courses that match their individual interests.

The specific requirements for the B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science are illustrated below. Both a professional and research track are offered for the B.S. in ITWS degree. For the research track, the capstone course is replaced with a two-semester thesis.

Math and Science Requirements: (24 credits)


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

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirements (HASS): (24 credits)


See HASS elective requirements in the HASS section of the catalog.

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Free Elective Requirements: (12 credits)


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

ITWS Core Requirements: (36-38 credits)


Technical Track - Three 4-credit courses:  Credit Hours:  12

  • Students select a technical track based on their chosen Focus Track

 

 

 

 

Technical Track Courses

 

 

 Focus Tracks

Computer Engineering Track

1)       ECSE 2610  Computer Components and Operations

2)       ENGR 2350  Embedded Control

3)      ECSE 2660  Computer Architecture, Networking and Operating Systems

Civil Engineering

Computer Hardware

Mechanical/Aeronautical

    Engineering

Computer Science/Web Science Track

1)       CSCI 2200  Foundations of Computer Science

2)       CSCI 2300  Introduction to Algorithms

3)       CSCI 2500  Computer Organization

Cognitive Science

Computer Networking

Data Science

Information Security

Machine Learning

Science Informatics

Web Technologies

Information Systems Track

1)       CSCI 2200  Foundation of Computer Science

2)       CSCI 2500  Computer Organization

3)       One of the following:

Arts

Communication

Economics

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Management Information

  Systems

Medicine

Pre-law

Psychological Science

STS

 

Choose either:

  • ITWS 4100  - Information Technology and Web Science Capstone Credit Hours: 4
    (Professional track)
    or
  • ITWS 4990  - Senior Thesis Credit Hours: 6
    (Research track)

ITWS Technology Elective (one of):


Student-Selected Focus Track: (32 credits)


  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Capstone Experience Credit Hours: 4

Focus Track Information


The Focus Tracks from which students may choose are as follows:

  • Arts
  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Networking
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mechanical/Aeronautical
    Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Pre-law
  • Psychological Science
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science Informatics
  • Special Interest
  • Web Technologies


The above list, and the associated required courses for each Focus Track are available on the ITWS program Web page itws.rpi.edu. The list expands as new Focus Tracks are developed. Students wishing to design a special interest Focus Track 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 ITWS.

First Year


Fall


  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4

Spring


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

Second Year


Fall


  • Technical Track Course #1 (see chart in previous section)
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours:  4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • Technical Track Course #2 (see chart in previous section)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Third Year


The Arch Summer Semester*


*For students who have applied for and been granted the exception, The Arch Summer courses would be taken during the fall semester.  For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Life Science Elective: Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring


  • Technical Track Course #3 (see chart in previous section)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4 (see footnote 1 below)

ITWS Technology Elective (one of):


Fourth Year


Fall


Choose either:

  • ITWS 4100  - Information Technology and Web Science Capstone Credit Hours: 4
    (Professional track)
    or
  • ITWS 4990  - Senior Thesis Credit Hours: 3
    (Research track)
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective  Credit Hours:  4

Spring


  • ITWS 4990  - Senior Thesis  Credit Hours: 3
    (Research track only)
  • Focus Track Capstone Course/Experience Credit Hours: 4
  • Focus Track Course Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Additional Information


Co-terminal students would replace ITWS 4100  Information Technology and Web Science Capstone with ITWS 4980  - Special Projects course which will be the culminating experience.

Only free electives and 6 credits of the HASS electives may be taken with the Pass/No Credit option.

If a student chooses to pursue a dual degree with Information Technology and Web Science as one of the degrees, the dual degree must be the area that is closest to the student’s Focus Track. For example, if a student’s Focus Track is Psychological Science, then the dual degree would need to be in Psychological Science.

Footnote


  1. See HASS elective requirements in the HASS section of this catalog.

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