Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
The Department of Information Technology trains tomorrow’s Internet and Intranet innovators – digital problem-solvers who will lead America’s fastest growing career field. With a bachelor’s degree in information technology, you will:
- Establish and maintain computer networks
- Design interactive web sites and mobile applications
- Maintain and manage databases
- Help businesses work smarter and make better decisions
- Share information around the world through data communications
- Help businesses and governments secure networks, data and information
- Solve problems in big data when you choose the new Data Science concentration
FACTS ABOUT THE B.S. IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
You will enjoy world class facilities complete with 25 interactive learning and study rooms, 10 computer labs, 14 electronic classrooms, a 120-seat lecture hall and a 240-seat auditorium, occupying nearly 140,000 square feet.
Our Academic Alliances with industry partners provide you with experience using state-of-the-art equipment with access to professional-level software.
National accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) assures you and your parents that our BSIT program meets the standards of the profession for which it prepares students.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
2017 IT Staff Salaries
- Application developer: $97,135
- Business Intelligence: $93,799
- Cloud specialist: $117,715
- Database architect: $134,740
- Information security: $100,032
- Network engineer: $95,556
- Storage administrator: $104,006
- Systems administrator: $75,553
- Web Developer: $76,446
- See more: 2017 IT Salary Survey
IT remains one of the fastest growing job sectors in America. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics information technology occupations are projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all other occupations, reporting an average annual wage of $82,860 in 2016.
Qualified staff and entry-level IT workers are in demand and well paid according to Computerworld’s 2017 IT Salary Survey.
Companies working in partnership with Georgia Southern’s IT program include Gulfstream Aerospace, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Norfolk Southern, CSX, General Motors, BMW, The Home Depot, Southern Company, Safe Systems, Rails Machine, Apple, Sprint, CGI, and many more.
Why Georgia Southern?
At Georgia Southern University, you will work with professors who have a reputation for quality instruction and who have earned professional recognition. Many have work experiences that enrich class discussions and ensure that you’re exposed to cutting-edge issues.
Georgia Southern provides a student-centered environment led by faculty members who truly care about student success. You will experience the difference that high levels of interaction with a dedicated faculty can make.
ONLY AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN
As a student, you will have opportunities to interact with business leaders and executives from such companies as BMW, AT&T, Gulfstream and The Coca-Cola Company and many more. Members of the IT Professional Advisory Committee, all of whom are distinguished in their fields, regularly bring their expertise as guest speakers.
Georgia Southern’s IT curriculum is unique. Our program was developed after extensive consultation with leaders in the IT industry. It includes a strong IT core and a specialization area with an emphasis on hands-on engagement. Our degree program covers the main information technologies of programming, database, networking, cybersecurity and web and mobile development, while stressing the applications of these technologies in a range of different areas. As part of your program, all IT students complete an internship and gain valuable real-world experience assuring that you are work-ready when you graduate.
You may complete your BSIT degree at the Armstrong Campus in Savannah or at the Statesboro Campus.
CURRICULUM & PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Program & Course Descriptions
Due to the consolidation of Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University, the following documents pertain to the programs offered at the Statesboro Campus though summer of 2018. Additional information about the combined IT program will be posted when it becomes available.
Credits for core courses are transferable across all schools within the University System of Georgia.
University Orientation course (FYE 1220) is still required, which is unique to Georgia Southern University, for those students who transfer less than 30 semester credit hours.
Any major-specific requirements will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and /or the major department, and appropriate credit will be assigned.
Students who transfer from outside of the University System of Georgia will be evaluated by the Admission Office and/or the major department, and the appropriate transfer credit will be assigned.
IT Minors & Certificates
The Department of Information Technology offers and IT Minor, a Cyber Security Minor and a Cyber Security Undergraduate Certificate. Read more about IT minors and certificates.
MISSION, OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES
The primary aim of our bachelor’s degree in information technology is to prepare students for successful careers as IT professionals to make a positive contribution to society. This aim will enhance the lives of our graduates and serve the needs of our constituents. We do so in accordance with ABET CAC guidelines and in full cognizance of Georgia Southern University’s aims to develop “students who value honesty, civility and the dignity of work” (Excerpt from Georgia Southern’s mission statement). At the same time, we hope to give the students an enjoyable learning experience, enhanced by innovative pedagogical approaches.
A few years after graduation, students with a BS in Information Technology degree will be able to::
- Take on positions as IT leaders and/or embark on a research career in the field
- Collaborate effectively in teams
- Work effectively in the IT field to make a positive contribution to society
Upon graduation, students with a BS in Information Technology degree will be able to:
- Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
- Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
- Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing based systems.
Last updated: 2/5/2019