Information Technology Infrastructure Bachelor's Degree

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Position yourself for success in this industry-driven, flexible bachelor’s degree designed for working adults. Our ITI faculty are current experts in the field who bring actual business issues to the classroom experience. 

The ITI program is supportive, with small classes, responsive advisers, and easy access to faculty.

You can specialize your expertise by selecting one of six tracks that reflect workplace demand (or choose a self-designed option): 

  • Data Science
  • Data Management
  • Systems
  • Security
  • Development and Operations (DevOps)
  • Networking

Admission

Fall Semester Application Deadline | August 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline | December 1

The ITI degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. You may apply at either Premajor (30+ transferable credits amassed) or Major (45+ transferable credits amassed) status.

Premajor Admission Criteria

Major Admission Criteria

  • 45+ transferable premajor credits
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Completion of (or in progress) the following five courses: Short Calculus or Calculus I; Physics I and lab; Introduction to Programming; Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures; Machine Architecture and Organization (CSCI 2021)

Secondary Review Factors

  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
  • Nonacademic experience in a related field
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Extenuating circumstances

In addition to meeting specific college admission requirements, transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous colleges or universities. The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's and/or the University's best interest.

Courses

You'll work with your adviser to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including 89−98 within the major. Consult the ITI course prerequisite guide for suggestions on the best course sequence.

Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework might meet the ITI program requirements.

Transfer Students: Sometimes prerequisite courses can be taken at community colleges. Visit the Transfer Guide related to your college to see how your coursework might transfer. 

In addition, an adviser would be happy to analyze your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

Students apply after completing some college credits (30 for “premajor” and 45+ for “major status”). These count toward your 120+ credit total. When taken at the University, they include:

  • Calculus I (Mathematical Thinking LE) (MATH 1142 or 1271)
  • Physics I and Lab (Physical Science LE) (PHYS 1101W or 1107 or 1301W)
  • Intro to Computing & Programming Concepts* (CSCI 1133 or 1103 or 1113)
  • Intro to Algorithms and Data Structures* (CSCI 1933 or 1913)
  • Machine Architecture and Organization* (CSCI 2021)
  • English Composition (WRIT 1301 or 1401)
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1101 or 3402 or 3605W)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 1001 or 3011 or PSTL 1004 or EPSY 1261)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050 or APEC 1251)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT 3001 or 3152W or 3562W, or PHYS 1101W or 1301W, or WRIT 3257)
  • Microeconomics (SOCS and GP LEs) (ECON 1101 or APEC 1101)
  • C Programming Language & Applications (INET 2101)
  • Web Infrastructure or Discrete Structures of Computer Science* (INET 3102 or CSCI 2011)

* Required completion (or in progress) before official admission to the U of MN Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) major.

** Required to enroll in CSci courses beyond ITI major requirements.

  • CSCI 4061 Intro to Operating Systems (4 cr)
  • CSCI 4211 Intro to Computer Networks (3 cr)
  • INET 4031 Intro to Systems (4 cr)
  • INET 4051 IT Infrastructure Operations (3 cr)
  • INET 4082W IT Infrastructure Projects and Processes (3 cr)
  • INET 4153 Intro to Security: Policy and Regulation (4 cr)
  • INET 4707 Intro to Databases (4 cr) or CSCI 4707 Practice of Database Systems (3 cr)

You may propose an equivalent course for department approval.

Management (Choose one)

  • ABUS 4022W Management in Organizations
  • HSM 4561 Health Care Administration and Management

Business Communication

  • ABUS 4023W Communicating for Results 

Cost Accounting (Choose one)

  • ABUS 4101 Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • HSM 4541 Health Care Finance

Quality and Process Improvement (Choose one)

  • ABUS 3301 Introduction to Quality Management
  • MM 4201 Quality Engineering and Process Improvement

Business Elective

  • Must be an ABUS, IDSC, or MGMT 3XXX or 4XXX course, or other department-approved elective.

Our tracks—Data Science, Data Management, Systems, Security, DevOps, and Networking—prepare students for employment in the most current and in-demand computer technology areas.

You can also design your own course of study. Your ITI adviser will help you determine the option that best fits your career goals. 

For course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
For course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), visit the Class Search.

Data Science

Learn to use massive amounts of data to ask questions, find patterns and anomalies, and further the research and development of industries outside of IT, such as health care and biological sciences. 

  • INET 4707 Intro to Databases (4 cr, fall)
  • INET 4061 Data Science I: Fundamentals (3 cr, spring)
  • INET 4710 Data Science II: Big Data Analytics (4 cr, spring)

Data Management

This track features hands-on experience with data, starting in relational databases, migrating to NoSQL (big data) concepts, and culminating with building infrastructure to support data management.

  • INET 4707 Intro to Databases (4 cr, fall)
  • INET 4709 Data Management I: Fundamentals (3 cr, spring)
  • INET 4711 Data Management II: Distributed Systems (4 cr, fall)

Systems

Stepping from the fundamentals of bare metal computing to cloud, virtualization, and software-defined networking requires a unique focus. 

  • INET 4031 Intro to Systems (4 cr, spring)
  • INET 4032 Systems I: Storage (4 cr, fall)
  • INET 4083 Systems II: Analysis and Design (3 cr, spring)

Security

The Security track provides foundational knowledge in not just "keeping people out," but also the how and why of security breaches. This specialty examines the tools and mechanisms to track who did what, and covers the exponentially growing challenges of cloud security. 

  • INET 4153 Intro to Security: Policy and Regulation (4 cr, fall)
  • INET 4165 Security I: Principles (3 cr, spring)
  • INET 4007 Security II: Cyber Security (4 cr, fall)

DevOps

This track covers the development of applications, as well as the role of code in the building, managing, and monitoring of infrastructure and operating systems and the packages required to run those applications.

  • CSCI 4211 Intro to Networks (3 cr, spring)
  • INET 4021 DevOps I: Network Programming (4 cr, spring)
  • INET 4121 DevOps II: Development Strategies (4 cr, fall)

Networking

The Networking track develops foundational knowledge of how networks work—everything from theory to physical devices.

  • CSCI 4211 Intro to Networks (3 cr, spring)
  • INET 4011 Networking I: Network Administration (4 cr,  fall)
  • INET 4041 Networking II: Emerging Technologies (4 cr, spring)

Electives

These courses can be used in a track or to round out your 120 credits:

  • INET 3350 Special Topics in IT Infrastructure (1−3 cr, offered as needed)
  • INET 4193 Directed Study (1−4 cr, offered every semester)
  • INET 4596 Internship (1−3 cr, offered every semester)

Your plan will also include courses that fulfill University of Minnesota Liberal Education requirements (unless you've completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at a MNSCU institution) and Writing Intensive requirements. 

While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission.

For more information about these requirements, visit One Stop.

Career Outlook

  • $99K Annual mean salary of computer network architects 
  • $91K Annual mean salary of information security analysts 
  • $89K Annual mean salary of database administrators 

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015 Minnesota data)

Industry Overview

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that IT will be the fastest-growing sector of the economy through at least 2018, reaching $1.7 trillion in 2016. Employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is expected to increase much faster than the average (28−31%) through 2018.

To maximize the benefits of “hard” technology, employers require talented people who can work in multidisciplinary teams. They are looking for highly qualified IT staffers who also have solid business acumen and well-developed “soft” skills, such as communicating, problem solving, and the ability to meet constant technological change.

ITI Graduate Outcomes

Below is a snapshot of information we collected from our ITI alumni in the first year after graduation (figures are averages of the years 2010−2015).

Paid employment: 92%
Closely/somewhat related to major: 92%
Very/moderately satisfied with job: 86%

ITI Graduate Positions

  • Computer Systems Manager    
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Software Engineer    
  • Senior Network Security Engineer    
  • Business Development Manager
  • Systems Analyst    
  • Software Developer

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Career Paths by Track

    Students will have a strong path into the data science industry with an applied knowledge of how companies and organizations are using data in new and different ways. Your business card might read:

    • Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Information Technology Analyst
    • Application Integration Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Program Research Specialist
    • Statistical Analyst

    The ability to manage data is the key to making important decisions and creating new ways to improve business. Your business card might read:

    • Database Manager
    • Database Administrator (DBA)
    • Database Analyst
    • Database Programmer
    • Management Information Systems Director (MIS)
    • Programmer Analyst

    Systems experts bring business and IT together by analyzing an organization’s systems and procedures and designs solutions to help it operate more efficiently and effectively. Your business card might read:

    • Applications Analyst
    • Business Systems Analyst
    • Information Systems Analyst (ISA)
    • Systems Engineer
    • Information Systems Analyst
    • Management Information Systems Manager

    The growing capabilities of technology mean that there are more valuable data to manage and secure, and ensuring that security will always be an area worthy of examination. Your business card might read:

    • Computer Security Specialist
    • Data Administrator
    • Information Security Manager
    • Information Security Officer
    • Information Systems Security Analyst
    • Information Technology Specialist

    There is a tremendous demand to simplify and commoditize core tasks to create infrastructure, operating systems, and applications so that consumers will be able to use applications faster. Your business card might read:

    • Computer Network Specialist
    • Network Technical Analyst
    • IT Infrastructure and Operations Manager
    • System Engineer
    • Software Performance Engineer
    • Business Development Operation Manager

    Networking is both a physical and logical way to understand how data flows, but it is also critical in understanding how software enables computing devices to transmit data. Your business card might read:

    • Information Technology Director
    • Local Area Network (LAN) Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Systems Administrator
    • Network Analyst
    • Telecommunications Engineer

    Internships and Directed Study

    Internships

    An optional internship provides students admitted to the major with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. 

    Directed Study Option

    If you have a project in mind which does not involve an employer, you may instead enroll in a Directed Study (INet 4193). A Directed Study is a self-designed research project. It will typically have a credit level of 1 or 4 credits and will include delivery of a paper and a presentation.

    For further information on internships or directed studies, email Lynn Cross at cross047@umn.edu.

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