Information Technology, B.S.
An information technology (IT) specialist assumes responsibility for selecting appropriate hardware and software for an organization; integrating those products with organizational needs and critical infrastructure; and installing, customizing, securing, and maintaining those applications for the organization's users. Graduates possess more than knowledge and practical hands-on expertise, they also have the confidence and know the strategies to take care of both the information technology infrastructure and the people who use it.
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 internship and capstone project. A minor in IT is also available.
Why Study Information Technology at Grand Valley?
- Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market, along with valuable industry experience.
- By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges, in addition to today's threats.
- Dedicated, state-of-the-art computer labs offer relevant, hands-on learning.
- Most faculty members hold doctoral degrees and have a breadth of experience in the industry.
- By choosing electives and minors in related subject areas, students can further tailor their degree to fit their individual interests and career goals.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.
- Face To Face
The IT program covers core areas in:
- Programming and software development
- Problem solving with software tools
- Network systems management
- Computer systems administration
- Information assurance and system security
- Cyber digital forensics
- Usability design
- Pervasive computing and Internet of Things
Diverse elective classes 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
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Admission to major standing is competitive and requires a secondary application. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all Grand Valley State University coursework
- Completion of each course in the technical core with a grade of C or above (C- is not sufficient)
- GPA of 2.5 or above in the technical core
See School of Computing for details.