TOWSON, Md. (May 19, 2010)—TU's Department of Computer and Information Sciences will begin offering a new B.S. in information technology (IT) this fall. The program, approved earlier this term by the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), will prepare students to enter the workplace as IT professionals and grow into leadership positions or pursue research and graduate studies in the IT field.
Information technology involves the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing and communication technologies to meet individual, organizational and societal needs. It is complementary to other computing disciplines such as computer science and information systems. It requires a mix of knowledge and practical hands on skills to address IT infrastructure and the people who use it.
Information technology is extremely important throughout the region served by TU.The greater Baltimore area is home to many technology-driven organizations and its proximity to the greater Washington, D.C., area and its various governmental installations magnifies the technology demand in the region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts considerable demand in key technology areas, including information technology
Technical services are among the fastest growing industries in the region. The federally enacted Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act is expected to create 40,000–60,000 new jobs in Maryland during the next few years, with a large portion of these positions expected to be in the area of information and communication technology. The new BRAC jobs will be located primarily at the U.S Army Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and the Edgewood Arsenal, about 25 miles northeast of Towson, and at the U.S. Army Fort Meade facility that headquarters the National Security Agency (NSA), about 30 miles southeast of Towson.
TU’s central location and affinity with regional institutions makes it well suited to address the area’s demand for information technology education. It currently offers a master's and doctorate program in information technology. The new B.S. in IT is expected to be attractive to both internal and external undergraduate students, especially students articulating from regional community colleges. Enrollment is anticipated to grow to 200 students within five years.
David Vanko, dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, says “A new bachelor’s degree program in Information Technology satisfies our CIS department’s goal of providing IT education at all levels: the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. This, combined with the department’s complementary programs in computer science and in information systems, provides Towson students with a full range of choices in the digital technology arena.”