Academic Programs Addendum – September 2016


Bachelor of Science in Informatics

*West is not currently enrolling new students into this program.

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue careers as information technology professionals or for those who desire a more concrete understanding of the integral ways in which technology impacts the business environment globally. Graduates are well prepared for entry-level positions in specialized areas such as systems analysts, business applications programming, business database design, decision support systems, networking technologies. They are also well prepared to advance from those positions.

The CBK component of the BSI program provides students with the knowledge of principles and practices required to achieve success in any of West’s degree programs. The Technology Core enables students to understand and integrate the basic components in the technology environment, while building the logic skills necessary for system development. The major requirements introduce the most current and relevant topics affecting technology usage in business.

See complete program details for the Bachelor of Science in Informatics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the role of the IT professional in a changing business environment.
  2. Identify information technology challenges faced by decision makers in an industry undergoing change.
  3. Evaluate the role that information technology undertakes to compensate changes in global demand.
  4. Assess the value of information technology when addressing global, national, and local industry needs.
  5. Examine the impact of IT policies on an organization’s infrastructure.
  6. Examine the financial impact of IT policies on the organization’s bottom line.
  7. Illustrate the growing role IT professionals have on an organization’s decision structure.
  8. Lead projects to implement IT tools and services that satisfy the needs of various organizational structures.
  9. Conduct hands-on development and maintenance on computer programs using various programming languages.
  10. Explain strategic IT initiatives used to obtain a competitive advantage in a global economy.
  11. Organize data to enhance the retrieval and use of information when making organizational decisions.

Course Requirements

General Education Core Requirements – 42 credits

Elective Courses – 21 credits

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) – 15 credits

ECO 301Economic Theory

3

INB 300International BusinessWriting Intensive

3

MGT 340Organization Theory and Behavior

3

MGT 352Political, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Business

3

RES 311Quantitative Methods for Decision Making

3

Technology Core – 15 credits

IT 316Analysis and Design of Information Systems

3

IT 317Fundamentals of Programming in a Web Context

3

IT 318Information Systems Architecture

3

IT 319Computer Networking

3

IT 440Project Planning and Execution

3

Major Requirements – 33 credits

IT 307Java Programming

3

IT 422Database Systems

3

IT 431Advanced Networking Concepts

3

IT 445Security and Information Assurance

3

IT 450Evaluation, Selection, and Implementation of Application Software

3

IT 519Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

3

CAP 485Integrated Capstone

3

Four Upper-Division Elective Courses:

IT 407Advanced Java Programming

3

IT 423Software Engineering Methodologies

3

IT 515Mobile Application Design and Development

3

MGT 337Supervision and Leadership

3

Total Credit Hours: 126