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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's Degree (BS) in Information Technology

Technology keeps changing, but you like to keep up. You enjoy figuring out how to make things work. It's this kind of problem solving that gets you excited.

If this sounds like you, there's a challenge with your name on it. Skilled information technologists continue to be essential members of the workforce as computing needs keep growing and changing, And the demand is high.

The bachelor's degree program in information technology at the University of the District of Columbia prepares you to become a valuable contributor to this growing field. Through hands-on research and mentoring, you will learn to apply and adapt technological concepts in designing hardware and software systems that efficiently meet a range of user needs while adhering to best practices. You will also learn to apply your knowledge in various fields within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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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.

Download the curriculum requirements for information technology majors [PDF]

Download the complete undergraduate course listing [PDF]

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:

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.

Contact info:

E: lmanning@udc.edu | T: 202.274.6278