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The Donald and Helen Schort School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences

ABOUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

LR’s Information Technology program strives for academic excellence by offering rigorous courses designed to challenge the qualified and motivated student and to liberate the mind through an emphasis on quantitative and abstract reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, and strong communication skills.

Information Technology is the study of how to build and manage software applications, databases and networks. In this major, students will learn basic programming skills using Visual Basic, Java or C++. Students will also learn how networks function and how encryption and network security can be applied in a real-world context. There are two concentrations including Web Development and Design and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Through the ERP, students can earn a certificate from SAP (Systems, Applications & Products). In addition, students will have the opportunity to study decision support systems, reporting, and analytics, as well as database design and modeling. There are also special topics classes available for electives which students can choose from based upon their own personal interests.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Information Technology majors have a number of opportunities to gain firsthand experience outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internships and mentor opportunities, allowing them to work with and learn from experienced computer science professionals. There are also opportunities to attend conferences which highlight new developments and opportunities in the growing and exciting field of computer science.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students who complete degrees in Information Technology generally have very bright professional futures—if they are prepared to stay current with a fast moving field. As computing and informational technologies continue to expand and evolve, professional opportunities will arise for individuals with expertise in the development and maintenance of computer and database systems. Opportunities exist across a surprisingly diverse array of professions: network administration; systems and database analysis and administration; business and technology data analytics; web and mobile application development; cloud development; software development and technical support; quality assurance and project management—just to name a few. Students who can combine technical skills with the ability to communicate and collaborate, and to think critically and assess analytically will possess a distinctive advantage. LR’s rich integration of professional preparation with a deep grounding in the liberal arts provides an excellent model for professional preparation.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Students may complete a BA degree with a major in Information Technology, An Information Technology minor is also available, as is a Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning.

Information Technology Major Requirements

ALUMNI ADVANTAGE PROGRAM

Program Contact

Dr. Douglas Burkholder

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences
Hickory Campus

Information Technology Faculty

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Carl Arrington

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science
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Dr. Bjarne Berg

Titles: Professor of Computing Sciences, Professor of Mathematics
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7258

Michael Boone

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics
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Dr. Douglas Burkholder

Titles: Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences
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Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7257

Sarah Caudill

Titles: Visiting Instructor of Computing Sciences, Technology Specialist of the Cornerstone Student Support & Wellness Center
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School: 828.328.7418

Dr. Jennifer Garbett

Titles: Assistant Professor of Mathematics
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School: 828.328.7268

Dr. Timothy Goldberg

Titles: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Director of Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Labs
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School: 828.328.7424

Dr. Dan Harris

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics
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Dr. Doug Locke

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Computing Sciences
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Allison Luffman

Titles: Adjunct Instructor of Computing Sciences
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