Information Technology B.S.
Information technology is a service industry, meaning that IT professionals create, integrate, and administer solutions to problems for a variety of industries using technological tools. IT is an ever-evolving field requiring broad and integrated knowledge. Technological solutions are designed to enhance work in all fields: business, telecommunications, health care, government, education and other industries.
There are three main components to Immaculata's IT major:
- Gaining an understanding of the discipline of IT: programming, networking, human-computer interaction, databases, and web systems.
- Developing a service-oriented approach toward assisting organizations when inventing and integrating IT solutions into the workplace
- Combining the IT major with a minor discipline that can utilize IT solutions so that you can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of work in other fields
You might wonder why you should pursue an IT degree at Immaculata, a liberal arts university, instead of at an engineering school. Your liberal arts courses will complement your technical expertise by sharpening your critical thinking skills, helping you understand the impact of technology on users and their work, and exposing you to the wide range of fields in which you can apply IT solutions. Being broadly educated in the liberal arts allows you to cultivate the qualities that make you more than a technician—a well-informed, service-oriented professional.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has identified certain characteristics that IT majors need to develop: adaptability, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and advocacy for users of technology. Your IT degree from Immaculata will equip you with the ACM characteristics as well as with knowledge from other disciplines.
At Immaculata, you can also participate in professional and social activities sponsored by the Mathematics/Computing Sciences/Physics Department, such as:
- Seminars led by IT professionals
- Research projects with a faculty member
- Internships Membership in professional organizations
- Trips to local conferences
- Game nights
- End-of-the-year picnic
Scholarships are available for community college students interested in a bachelor's degree in mathematics, computing sciences, or information technology. For more information, please visit Immaculata's STEM Scholars Program.
- Applying computing concepts and mathematics when analyzing problems
- Analyzing needs and defining technology requirements to meet those needs
- Designing, integrating, and implementing appropriate software solutions
- Technical skills in database administration, web design, networking, systems integration, information security, and computer architecture
The job outlook is excellent for IT professionals. Because of increased use of the Internet, data processing systems, software programs, and mobile technologies, and because of the need for information security, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of IT professionals to grow much faster than average in the coming years.
Students have participated in a variety of internal and external professional experiences:
- Chester County’s Information Technology Action Group (ITAG)
- Immaculata University’s Office of Technology Services
- Villa Maria Academy Lower School
To be a successful IT professional, you need to:
- Have good customer service and teamwork skills
- Demonstrate analytical skills combined with creativity in solving problems
- Be able to communicate technical concepts to people unfamiliar with technology
- Pursue ongoing professional development to stay abreast of emerging technologies
- Understand the ethical, legal, security, and social impact of IT implementations on individuals, organizations, and society