About Information Technology
"I liked that the IT program was actually teaching job skills that would make you employable, as opposed to business theory that doesn't always apply in the real world. The class work I've done here is real-world stuff that I'm going to use in my career." -Todd Mitchell USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port
The Information Technology (IT) Department at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USF-SM) is part of the College of Arts and Science (CAS) as well as Undergraduate Studies (UGS). As such it has a dual reporting structure to the Deans of CAS and UGS. The Chair of the USF IT Department, is located at USF Polytechnic and oversees both the Lakeland and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Per se, both locations of the IT department work in close conjunction with each other.
Information Technology (IT) is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems providing students with knowledge for rapidly changing technology. USF-SM provides two different minors in the field of IT. While a student's primary career may be in the area of their major, an IT minor will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed since every field is infused with technology.
Students will not be taught by teaching assistants, but by full-time faculty members of the IT department. A rare exception may occur when the department is able to engage the services of a highly qualified adjunct professor to teach a topic in which he or she has current, real world experience.
IT General Minor (15 semester credit hours)
The IT Technical Minor (24 semester hours)
The IT Technical Minor enforces basic scientific prerequisites and requires students to attend three core IT courses meant to give them the conceptual and technical basis necessary to successfully dwell in more advanced topics. The elective part of the technical minor is composed of two electives to be chosen from a larger set of courses, including database systems and operating systems. Successful students are expected to develop a conceptual understanding of the IT field while developing programming skills to strengthen their major.