Bachelor of Information Technology - Cybersecurity Emphasis

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 Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

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'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and 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 of a leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.
  • Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation and administration of computing-based systems.
  • Apply cybersecurity principles and practices to the development and operation of security-critical cyber systems. (Cybersecurity emphasis only)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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

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 this degree program 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 automatically admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 and
  3. A 3.0 core high school GPA.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to this degree program 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 120 hours of study.

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to 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 Science & Engineering.

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
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 202Principles of Microeconomics3
MKT 324Principles of Marketing3
DSOM 340Supply Chain and Operations Management3
or MGT 332 Principles of Organizational Behavior
Select two of the following Business courses:6
Introduction To Managerial Accounting
Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunity Recognition
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Financial Management
Principles of Organizational Behavior (If not already completed above) 3
Computer Science/Information Technology
Problem Solving and Programming I
and Problem Solving & Programming I Lab
COMP-SCI 191Discrete Structures I3
Problem Solving and Programming II
and Problem Solving and Programming II - Lab
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 304Ethics and Professionalism (Satisfies GECUE Requirement)3
COMP-SCI 320Data Communications and Networking3
COMP-SCI 431Introduction to Operating Systems3
COMP-SCI 456Human Computer Interface3
COMP-SCI 470Introduction to Database Management Systems3
INFO-TEC 222Multimedia Production and Concepts3
INFO-TEC 321Introduction to Computing Resources Administration3
Total Credits79

Cybersecurity Emphasis 

Cybersecurity Emphasis Electives (Upper Level)
COMP-SCI 361Introduction to Cybersecurity3
COMP-SCI 426Network Security3
COMP-SCI 436Digital Forensics3
COMP-SCI 483Software Security3
Internship Requirement 2
Take 1 hour of the following:1
General Electives4
Total Credits17

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 the Registrar) 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 the Registrar) 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).