Information Technology: The UDC Edge
Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. UDC features one of the largest computer science and information technology departments of any university in the D.C. area.
Our program emphasizes hands-on, research-oriented learning. The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for computer science students and others in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines seeking research opportunities and an enriched learning environment.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology (BSCS and BSIT)
The overall mission of the computing programs is to prepare nationally and internationally competitive graduates, at the graduate and baccalaureate levels, in computer science and information technologies to meet the needs of the current and future technology era. Computer Science is the development of computer software; Information Technology is the use of computers and software to manage information.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science enables students to enter the computing profession at a technical – scientific level or to proceed to graduate programs in Computer Science. It is a four-year program with a heavy emphasis on mathematics and the study of algorithmic processes to describe and transform information.
The program objectives and outcomes of our BSCS (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science) program are consistent with the mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is: To provide nationally competitive and fully accredited professional programs at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. These programs enable immediate employment upon graduation or for continuation for advanced level studies in the respective disciplines.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology prepares students for careers in the broadly defined field of information technology. Core courses provide students with sufficient exposure to networking and system administration, web and multimedia content development, programming and application development, including database management systems and web applications, technology integration and deployment in a user community, including needs assessment, user-centered design, technology transfer, and ongoing support. After fulfilling the core course requirements, students can obtain greater depth in several IT areas including network administration, game development or web-database integration.
The program objectives and outcomes of our BSIT (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology) program are consistent with the mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is: To provide nationally competitive and fully accredited professional programs at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. These programs enable immediate employment upon graduation or for continuation for advanced level studies in the respective disciplines.
Program Educational Objectives
The program educational objectives (PEO) of the undergraduate computer science program are broad statements that describe what our graduates are expected to attain.
Our graduates will have
- have become practiced and competitive professionals in computer science, or related application or applied areas; or have entered, if not completed, a graduate program.
- continuously improve their technical knowledge and abilities in computing, thus allowing them to adapt to changes in the profession.
- continuously maximize the impact of their technical knowledge in their community and in our society.
- be professionally ethical at all times.
Information Technology – Student Outcomes
CSIT Department’s programs enable students to achieve, by the time of graduation:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
- An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
- An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies
- An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems
- An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment
- An understanding of best practices and standards and their application
- An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center for Research and Development
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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Information Technology Program
You must complete 123 credit hours of course work to earn the bachelor’s degree in information technology. Topics covered in the information technology curriculum include:
- Networking and system administration
- Web and multimedia content development
- Computer programming and application development
- Database management systems
- Web applications
- Technology integration and deployment in a user community
- Including needs assessment, user-centered design, technology transfer, and ongoing support.
In June 2011, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology received certification from the National Security Agency to issue CNSS certifications for information systems security professionals and senior system managers. To receive the certificate along with your degree, you must complete ten required courses.
Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Information Technology Program
The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for civil engineering students and other students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The center offers courses and enrichment activities designed to boost competency, provide research opportunities and increase graduation rates.
Every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.
Student groups for information technology students at UDC include:
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Computer Science Club
- More student organizations in the School of Engineering
Faculty Spotlight: UDC Information Technology Program
Dr. Byunggu Yu, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, where he has taught since 2007. Dr. Yu is director of both the Informatics Lab and the Assurance Research Center for Trusted Information (ARCTIC), which funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. His areas of research interest include databases, information storage and retrieval, data modeling and informatics.
Career Pathways and Prospects
Information technology professionals are in high demand, and a degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector as a system administrator, network administrator or information technology specialist.
You can find UDC School of Engineering and Applied Sciences alumni working at Google, the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority, the U.S. Patent Office, NASA, Xerox, Motorola, Northwest Airlines, Cisco, AT&T and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few.
You may also choose to pursue graduate studies right here at UDC or at institutions such as Howard University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
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