University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Composition and one course in Communication; and a Math Pathway course.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

ABET Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Information Technology program are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate peer-recognized expertise, and articulate that expertise for use in contemporary problem solving in the analysis, design and evaluation of computing and technology practices, as productive members of diverse professional teams.
  2. Successfully apply technical and business knowledge in a variety of contexts to innovate and create transformational change for metropolitan, regional, and global advancement.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in ethical and responsible development and deployment of secure technology to solve real-world problems and minimize risk in diverse communities, environments, and user groups.
  4. Demonstrate lifelong learning and professional growth via advanced study, career advancement, or social contributions.

ABET Student Outcomes

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have the ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • Have the ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
  • Have the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
  • Have the ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • Have the understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • Have the ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  • Have recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  • Have the ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
  • Have the ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies;
  • Have the ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems;
  • Have the ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment;
  • Have the understanding of best practices and standards and their application;
  • Have the ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

The use of computers in commerce and industry keeps the college educated IT professional at the forefront of occupational demand. The Bachelor of Information Technology (B.I.T.) program prepares for a career path where the student contributes to the continued deployment of technology infrastructure (operating systems, browsers, applications, software, networking, etc.). It blends both CS, IT, and Business coursework and requires an internship for the completion of the degree. Please contact the SS&C Student Services Center for more information at (816)235-2399 or sce@umkc.edu.

Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Information Technology degree is designed so that graduates will attain employment in an IT related field. Some graduates will achieve appropriate certifications and/or will pursue advanced study in business, IT or other fields. Graduates will be engaged in lifelong learning and thereby advance in their careers.

Career Implications

There remains a large and growing number of unfulfilled IT positions both nationwide and within the Kansas City area. B.I.T. graduates are typically employed as software developers, network specialists, web developers, information system operators, programmer analysts, digital media specialists and database administrators. The need of the future is for students with an analytic and problem solving mindset who are able to adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment.

Admission Requirements

High school students planning to apply to the School of Computing & Engineering are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in information technology will be admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed by a committee for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to SCE but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.

Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.

Program Requirements

The requirements for the BIT degree are categorized into several areas totaling at least 124 hours of study.

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110English I: Introduction To Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening
Principles Of Communication
Argumentation And Debate
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

 Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses offered in the School of Computing & Engineering, as well as in Math and Stat coursework.

Mathematics (satisfies Math Pathway)
MATH 120 (Precalculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 210Calculus I 14
STAT 235Elementary Statistics 13
or STAT 115 Statistical Reasoning
or MOTRMATH 110 MOTR Statistical Reasoning
Life and Physical Sciences7-10
One Life Science
One Physical Science
To include at least one laboratory component
General Education Synthesis
COMP-SCI 449Foundations of Software Engineering3
COMP-SCI 451RSoftware Engineering Capstone3
Anatomy of Business
ACCTNG 210Introduction To Financial Accounting3
ECON 202Introduction To Economics II3
MKT 324Principles of Marketing3
DSOM 340Supply Chain and Operations Management3
or MGT 332 Principles of Organizational Behavior
Select two of the following:6
Introduction To Managerial Accounting
Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunity Recognition
Financial Management
Legal, Ethical And Regulatory Environment Of Business
Principles of Organizational Behavior (If not already completed above) 3
Computer Science/Information Technology
COMP-SCI 101
101L
Problem Solving and Programming I
and Problem Solving & Programming I Lab
4
COMP-SCI 191Discrete Structures I3
COMP-SCI 201R
COMP-SCI 201L
Problem Solving and Programming II
and Problem Solving and Programming II - Lab
4
COMP-SCI 281RIntroduction to Computer Architecture and Organization (satisfies GECRT-SC course requirement)3
COMP-SCI 291Discrete Structures II3
COMP-SCI 303Data Structures3
COMP-SCI 304WIEthics and Professionalism (satisfies GECUE course requirement)3
COMP-SCI 431Introduction to Operating Systems3
COMP-SCI 420Introductory Networking and Applications3
or COMP-SCI 421A Foundations of Data Networks
COMP-SCI 456Human Computer Interface3
COMP-SCI 470Introduction to Database Management Systems3
or COMP-SCI 371 Database Design, Implementation and Validation
INFO-TEC 222Multimedia Production and Concepts3
INFO-TEC 321Introduction to Computing Resources Administration3
CS/IT Electives (Upper Level)9
Courses regularly offered include:
Client/Server Programming and Applications
Software Architecture: Requirements & Design
Software Testing and Verification
Practical Network Security
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Internship Requirement 2
Take 1 hour of the following:1
Internship
Total Credits89-92
General Electives4-7

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120


Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).

Four Year Graduation Plan - Courses & Critical Benchmarks for First Time College Students:

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, undergraduate four-year course outlines that inform students on the classes they should take and when to take them. Outlines are updated yearly. Graduate students should visit their program's individual school for program outlines.

The following is a sample course of study. Your path to graduation may vary based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, transfer work from other institutions of higher learning, and placement in Mathematics. You are responsible for checking prerequisites to any courses. It is the Student’s responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MATH 210CC4STAT 2353
COMP-SCI 101
101LCC
4COMP-SCI 191CC3
GEFSE 1013COMP-SCI 201R
COMP-SCI 201L
4
ENGLISH 1103ENGLISH 2253
 GECRT-SS 1013
 14 16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
COMP-SCI 2913COMP-SCI 281R3
COMP-SCI 3033INFO-TEC 2223
ACCTNG 2103MKT 3243
ECON 2023Life Science Elective (with Lab)5
COMM-ST 110, 140, or 2773GECRT-AH 1013
 15 17
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
COMP-SCI 304WI3COMP-SCI 371 or 4703
COMP-SCI 4313INFO-TECH 3XX/4XX Specialty Elective3
INFO-TEC 3213DSOM 340 or MGT 3323
HISTORY 101, 102, or POL-SCI 21033XX/4XX Business Elective3
GECDV 2013Physical Science Elective (with Lab if not yet completed)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
COMP-SCI 420 or 421A3COMP-SCI 451R3
COMP-SCI 4493COMP-SCI 3XX/4XX Elective3
COMP-SCI 4563INFO-TEC 4911
INFO-TECH 3XX/4XX Speciality Elective33XX/4XX Business Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 13
Total Credits: 120

Recommendations to Maintain Progress toward 4-Year Degree Completion

  • Completion of the First Semester Experience (FSE) course in first term.
  • Early completion of Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Math Pathway requirements.
  • Maintain the minimum GPA required for academic Good Standing for your degree program.
  • Completion at least 15 credit hours toward degree each regular semester. (Students may use the summer to ensure completion of 30 hours per academic year or to lighten Fall and Spring course loads.)
  • Enrollment in Critical Courses as listed on the Major Map is recommended in order to maintain timely progress and completion of prerequisite coursework.
  • Regular consultation with Academic Advisor(s) for program(s) of study is strongly recommended and may be required for some degree programs..

Advising Contact Information

UMKC School of Computing & Engineering
SS&C Student Services Center
336 Flarsheim Hall
5110 Rockhill Road
Kansas City MO 64110
816-235-2399
sce@umkc.edu
http://sce.umkc.edu