Sep 24, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology B.S.I.T.

(CIP = 11.0103) (ITC) Track 1 of 4

The Information Technology program focuses on programming, databases, networking, human-computer interaction, web systems, and cybersecurity to meet the technology requirements of business, government, healthcare, education, and other organizations. Students in this program acquire the right combination of fundamental knowledge and practical expertise to solve computing technology problems and meet user needs.

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of the College of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering strives for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Specifically, the Department aspires to:

  1. Lead the advancement of computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and cybersecurity through internationally recognized research and education, as well as technology transfer.
  2. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Educate students in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research into the curriculum.
  4. Foster the development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the profession.
  5. Provide quality learning experiences through effective classroompractices, active learning styles of teaching, and opportunities for meaningful interactions between students and faculty.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The Department has established the following program educational objectives for the Computer Engineering graduates.

Objective 1: Our graduates will apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and/ or obtain an advanced degree.

Objective 2: Our graduates will function ethically and responsibly, and will remain informed and involved as full participants in our profession and society.

Objective 3: Our graduates will creatively solve problems, communicate effectively, and successfully function in multi-disciplinary teams.

Objective 4: Our graduates will apply principles and practices of information technology to identify, implement, and maintain cost-effective technologies and apply fundamental computing knowledge to solve information technology problem.

The following are the Student Outcomes. Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems. [IT]

Student Enrollment Data

Student enrollment data is posted on the Department website.

Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Information Technology Major Program

Students in good standing who have fully met the below admission requirements may declare a major in Information Technology. Prior to being admitted to a program, a student may be permitted to take no more than two Departmental courses.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Information Technology Major

  1. Completion of with a minimum grade of C in each course (grades of C- are insufficient)

All students must complete the equivalent of USF Discrete Mathematics (MAD 2104 ), Introduction to Databases for Information Technology (CGS 1540 ), Programming Fundamentals for IT (COP 2512 ), and Object Oriented Programming for IT (COP 2513 ) with minimum grades of C in each course (grades of C- are insufficient). The minimum overall average GPA in these four courses required for admission to the department is between 2.0 and 3.5 for any given year. The minimum acceptable average GPA will be posted on the department’s website one year prior to the Fall semester that the revised GPA is applicable. The computed GPA is based on the best attempts in these courses. These requirements must be met with a maximum of two attempts allowed for each course. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

GPA and Grade Requirements

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all BSIT required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in state mandated prerequisite courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in specialization courses is a C-, except as stated in the major admissions and continuation requirements. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Departmental Policies

In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising and/or mentoring of students.
  2. Exit interview and/or survey as a graduation requirement.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

The minimum acceptable grade in state mandated prerequisite courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient).

  • PSY XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • STA X023 or STA X122 - 3 credit hours
  • ECO X013 
  • CGS XXXX Any Database course - 3 credit hours
  • COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course - 3 credit hours
  • MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus course - 3 credit hours
  • PHY XXXX Any Physics course - 3 credit hours
  • XXX XXXX Any Discrete Mathematics course - 3 credit hours
  • COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course - 3 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 105

Major Core (87 Hours)

Math and Science (16 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (3 Credit Hours)

Composition and Technical Writing (9 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (18 Credit Hours)

The Department website undergraduate section contains the most up-to-date list of Departmental Electives. These posted lists also describe the required pre-requisites for the electives. Additional electives may be available with a Special Topics course number (e.g., COP 4931 ). Consult with the Department Undergraduate Advisor to learn more about available electives. A maximum of nine (9) hours combined of COP 4900  Independent Study and CIS 4947  Industry Internship for Information Technology are allowed as Department credit, with no more than 3 hours in any one given company for CIS 4947  credit.

Students choose 18 credit hours of approved IT departmental electives from the following list:

GPA Requirements

Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Grading Requirement

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all BSIT required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in state mandated prerequisite courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in a specialization course is a C-, expect as stated in the major admission and continuation requirements. 

Residency Requirement

Transfer students must complete a minimum number of approved major core courses in the major at USF. The minimum number of USF major core credit hours required is established by the respective academic department. In no case will this be less than 18 hours. Basic engineering courses are not considered specialization courses. The University residency requirement must also be met.

A concurrent degree (dual degree) student must meet the requirements of each major and have a minimum of 18 approved specialization hours taken in the degree granting department beyond those specialization hours required for the first degree.

Research Opportunities

The Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students program in the USF College of Engineering offers undergraduate students an opportunity to directly participate in state-of-the-art research. Professors and graduate students serve as research partners and mentors as undergraduate research assistants participate in the scientific process and gain relevant experience.

There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912  or IDS 4914  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience.

Internship Opportunities

The College of Engineering and USF’s Career Services Cooperative Education (Co-Op) program provides services for students interested in experiential educational experiences. A wide variety of industries and government agencies offer internships and cooperative education employment opportunities for engineering students. Participants gain valuable expertise in practical applications and other aspects of operations and development in a professional engineering environment. Students normally apply for participation in this program during their first year in the engineering college and pursue actual internships during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. See the Department Undergraduate Advisor for more information on earning academic credit for internships.

Advising Information

Department Undergraduate Advisor:

Information Technology Faculty

Chair: S. Sarkar; Distinguished Professors: D. Goldgof, L. Hall; Professors: K. Christensen, A. Iamnitchi, R. Kasturi, M. Labrador, J. Ligatti, X. Ou, R. Perez, L. Piegl, S. Sarkar, A. Weitzenfeld; Associate Professors: S. Chellappan, A. Gaspar, S. Katkoori, Y. Liu, Y. Sun, Y. Tu, H. Zheng; Assistant Professors: M. Andujar, S. Canavan, R. Karam, J. Licato, G. Luca Giampaglia, M. Mozaffari Kermani, T. Neal, P. Rosen, A. Yavuz; Instructor II: S. Fang, P. Ventura, J. Wang; Instructor I: W. Hendrix, I. Hidalgo, H. Jeanty, V. Korzhova, J. Lewis, W. Oropallo, S. Small, Y. Zhang; Distinguished Professor Emeritus: A. Kandel; Professors Emeritus: H. Glass, D. Rundus, M. Varanasi.

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