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Information Technology, B.S.

120
Credits Required

An information technology (IT) specialist assumes responsibility for selecting hardware and software products appropriate for an organization, integrating those products with organizational needs and infrastructure, and installing, customizing, securing, and maintaining those applications for the organizations computer users. IT graduates possess the combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to take care of both an organizations information technology infrastructure and the people who use it.

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Program Overview

Information technology students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Grand Valley State University's IT program embraces the value of hands-on learning supplemented by collaboration with professionals from multiple computing disciplines during their internships and Capstone project.

Why Study Information Technology at Grand Valley?

  • Flexibility. By choosing electives and minors in related subject areas, students can further tailor their degrees to fit their individual needs and career goals.
  • Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and valuable industry experience.
  • The information technology program uses an applied hands-on computing curriculum that emphasize learning by practice.
  • The school has its own dedicated, state of the art computer labs, helping to bring innovative solutions to the world of technology. A premier data communications lab and computer architecture lab are also available.
  • Small class sizes of approximately 30 students.

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For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

cis.gvsu.edu
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Face to face courses are scheduled during the day and are offered at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Coursework

The IT program covers core areas in:

  • Programming and software development
  • Problem solving with software tools
  • Network systems management
  • Information assurance and system security
  • Cyber forensics
  • Usability design
  • Pervasive computing and Internet of Things

Diverse elective courses offered within the IT curriculum allow students to create specialties within their field, such as:

  • Data management and visualization
  • Software development
  • Web and mobile applications
  • IT management

A minor in IT is also available.

Career Options

Job opportunities in the computing and information technology industry are growing rapidly, particularly in occupations such as:

  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Incident response and digital forensic analyst
  • Network engineer
  • Security specialist

Career opportunities exist in business, health care, government, education, and communications. Students are also prepared for graduate studies.