The University of Scranton will offer a new bachelor’s degree in the in-high-demand field of information technology (IT) beginning in the fall 2016 semester.
Students earning a bachelor’s degree in information technology could pursue careers as cyber security engineers, business systems analysts, information management system administrators or network security analysts, among other highly sought-after positions, according to Benjamin Bishop, Ph.D., professor of computing sciences at Scranton.
“Information technology is an employee-slanted market with very strong opportunities available throughout the country and locally as well,” said Dr. Bishop, who also noted the field offers “excellent starting salaries.”
The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, which projects employment for computer and information technology occupations to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024.
According to Dr. Bishop, the field also offers greater flexibility in the type of work graduates can pursue, which he expects will appeal to a broader number of students.
“Graduates of this major can pursue a highly technical position or a more customer-oriented position that involves a great deal of interaction,” said Dr. Bishop. “The leadership path in the curriculum also works well with the combined five-year master’s programs offered at the University, should a student choose that path.”
Scranton’s curriculum for the information technology major combines theory with practice. Courses integrate hands-on, project-based learning and design experiences that incorporate software and equipment in state-of-the-art laboratories in the University’s Loyola Science Center. Students will be expected to complete internships or technical service projects through a capstone course. In addition, students will be required to complete a senior research project that demonstrates mastering of practical skills, as well as the ability to understand and apply theoretical concepts.
For additional information, contact Dr. Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-941-7774.