Aug 19, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Department of Information Technology

Programs offered by the Department of Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The department promotes Information Technology as a profession and as an academic discipline. In pursuit of the program mission, worldclass educational programs prepare students for a range of careers or graduate study. IT professionals focus on meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. They must, therefore, have a good understanding of the various information technologies and the type of activity in which the organization is involved. Students are required to complete a series of major core courses, an internship experience, and an IT specialization area. Students and faculty also conduct innovative research in all aspects of IT and its applications and participate in consulting and economic development activities that support the mission of Georgia Southern University.

Program Educational Objectives

A few years after graduation, students with a BS in Information Technology will be able to:

  1. Take on leadership positions and/or embark on a research career in the field
  2. Collaborate in diverse team environments to make positive contributions in the IT field
  3. Work effectively in the IT field to make a positive contribution to society

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, students with a BS in Information Technology will be able to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing based systems.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bachelor of Information Technology Online (BIT Online)

The BIT Online program has two primary purposes. The first purpose is to produce IT graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the needs of Georgia employers. The second purpose is to provide access to an IT education for Georgia citizens whose lifestyles make it difficult to attend face-to-face classes on campus. People who are currently working in IT, have family commitments, travel frequently, serve in the military, or simply prefer online learning have the opportunity to earn a degree from Georgia Southern. The BIT is delivered entirely online as an eMajor degree through a partnership between Georgia Southern University and the University System of Georgia’s (USG) eCampus.

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program offered on the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern integrates state-of-the-art technology and interdisciplinary and conceptual science with hands-on, operational skills preparation. Graduates gain valuable knowledge and are uniquely positioned to make immediate impacts in their careers. The MSIT program embraces the constantly changing IT industry and prepares graduates to analyze and manage IT networks and systems. Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available within the program. Courses include IT management, data analytics, networking, data management and storage, and network security. Research conducted through the thesis or independent study project provides opportunity for individualized in-depth study with a faculty mentor.

Graduate students are advised by their graduate program director: 
Dr. Lei Chen


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