Information Science and Technology Emphases

Computer Science Emphasis

The Information Science and Technology major with Computer Science emphasis assists students in developing skills to use technology to solve problems.  Students acquire problem-solving skills and computer support knowledge to qualify for a variety of information technology careers in private and public industries. Students learn how to logically think through a problem and find a way to solve it.  They write code to direct computers to do new things or accomplish tasks more efficiently.  They create applications for mobile devices, develop websites, and create software programs.  This program of study follows the guideline standards which mandates teaching principles underlying the discipline with sufficient depth to prepare students for a variety of careers and/or further study.  It is also designed for teacher licensure in Computer Science (#405).  Students completing an Information Science and Technology minor with specified courses and a certifiable major program are eligible for a teaching license in Computer Science (#405).

 

Information Systems Emphasis

The Information Science and Technology major with Information Systems emphasis assists students in developing skills to organize, install, manage, and support an organization's servers, network, computer systems, and desktop and mobile equipment.  

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.  Demand for information technology workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

 

Web Pulishing Emphasis

The Information Science and Technology major with Web Publishing emphasis assists students in developing skills to design and create websites.  They are responsible for the look of the site.  They are also responsible for the site's technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website's speed and how much traffic the site can handle.  They also may create content for the site. Some developers handle all aspects of a website's construction, while others specialize in a certain aspect of it.  

Employment of web developers is projected to grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.  Job opportunities for web developers are expected to be good.  Those with knowledge of multiple programming languages and digital multimedia tools will have the best opportunities.

 

Technology Support Emphasis

The Information Science and Technology major with Technology Support emphasis prepares students for a variety of technical careers providing hardware and software assistance to clients with information and computer problems.  Technology support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment.  

Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.  More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.  

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