A degree in computer science or information technology prepares graduates for positions in business, industry, education or graduate programs.
Our information technology major strives for academic excellence by offering rigorous courses designed to challenge qualified and motivated students and to liberate the mind through an emphasis on quantitative and abstract reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking and strong communication skills.
Students in the program have gone on to intern at organizations such as Apple, Google, SureTape, Commscope, Corning and more.
If you attended Catawba Valley Community College and obtained a degree in information technology, you may be eligible to transfer directly into this program.
Information technology students also have the chance to participate in national computer conferences such as TechEd, SAP Reporting and Analytics and Sapphire, as well as regional conferences such as ACM-Sigcse where you have the opportunity to travel and explore different areas of technology, as well as potential employers.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: For students wishing to double-major in Computer Science and Information Technology, required courses for both majors must be satisfied, and at least 15 unique credit hours must be earned in the second major.
Students majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology who are judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Computer Science or Information Technology. To graduate "With Honors is Computer Science or Information Technology" students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum major GPA of 3.2. In addition, they must complete twelve credits of honors work in the relevant program (Computer Science or Information Technology), including an acceptable senior project, complete an original thesis to be submitted for approval of the faculty, and pass an oral defense of the research.