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 our department for more information. Please call (816) 235-1193, or e-mail to mailto:csee@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 information technology program are strongly urged 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 or
    a high school class rank in the upper 25 percent.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted on probation or into the 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 student information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section of the catalog.

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

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.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

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 Requirements

The requirements for the BIT degree are categorized into several areas totaling at least 120 hours of study.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 150 Recommended) 13
Anchor II (ANCH 203 Recommended) 13
Anchor III (ANCH 308 Required; Satisfied in program requirements below)
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits18
1

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

 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 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

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

Mathematics
ALEKS Math Placement
MATH 110 (College Algebra; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 120 (Precalculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B) 14
STAT 235Elementary Statistics (Focus B) 13
Life and Physical Sciences8
One Life Science
One Phyiscal 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 324Marketing Concepts3
DSOM 326Production/Operations Management3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Financial Management
Legal, Ethical And Regulatory Environment Of Business
Understanding the Individual in the Organization
Computer Science/Information Technology
ANCH 308Ethical Issues in Computing & Engineering3
COMP-SCI 101Problem Solving and Programming I3
COMP-SCI 191Discrete Structures I3
COMP-SCI 201RProblem Solving and Programming II3
COMP-SCI 201LProblem Solving and Programming II - Lab1
COMP-SCI 281RIntroduction to Computer Architecture and Organization3
COMP-SCI 291Discrete Structures II3
COMP-SCI 303Data Structures3
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
INFO-TEC Course Specialty I 23
INFO-TEC Course Specialty II 23
Internship Requirement
Take 3 hours of the following:3
Internship
Total Credits88
1

 Students must take and pass the Math Entrance Test called ALEKS before enrolling in this course.

2

See advisor for course options.

3

RooWriter must be taken before completing 90 credit hours. (go to https://umkc.edu/roowriter/ for more details)

4

Students with appropriate CS/IT business experience may petition to replace the internship requirement with a 3 credit hour senior CS/IT course.

5

Course required if pursuing a business minor.

General Electives11

 Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120


Specialty Areas

BIT students may take courses from the following interest areas:

Networking

COMP-SCI 420Introductory Networking and Applications3
COMP-SCI 421AFoundations of Data Networks3
COMP-SCI 490CRSpecial Topics (Intro to Cryptology)3
INFO-TEC 321Introduction to Computing Resources Administration3
INFO-TEC 426Practical Network Security3
INFO-TEC 427Network Analysis3
Total Credits18

 Programming

COMP-SCI 423Client/Server Programming and Applications3
COMP-SCI 461Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
COMP-SCI 475Introduction to Computer Graphics3
INFO-TEC 350Object-Oriented Software Development3
Total Credits12

Other courses are routinely available as special topics courses, such as INFO-TEC 490. Please see your advisor or check the actual course offerings.

Four Year Program Sample

For suggested four year plans, please see the registrar’s website: http://www.umkc.edu/majormaps/.

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.

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