Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations. A greater reliance on computer systems in organizations through-out the economy will lead to an increased demand for this occupation.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition 

The Information Technology (IT) degree from GSU takes you into the worlds of information security, digital forensics, virtualization, and cloud computing. You will not only learn how to use technology at GSU; you will learn how to create new uses for it. 

Innovative Preparation

This IT program prepares you with cutting edge coursework and advanced real-world projects. The program collaborates closely with related programs in Computer Science, Criminal Justice, and Management Information Systems so you can tailor your degree to your career goals. 

As an IT undergraduate, you receive a balance of theory and application as you learn to use a broad range of software and hardware to design and deploy various computer and network  systems; and to work independently and collaboratively to solve problems. 

Outstanding Prospects

You will be prepared for a career in business, industry, and government as a computer network administrator, computer system administrator, database administrator, computer systems analyst, computer support specialist, and information security specialist. 

You will also be prepared for graduate work in information technology, computer science, and related fields.

Program Fact Sheet

Degree Preparation

I.  General Education Requirements (37-41 Hours)

Please see the GSU Catalog for general education requirements. 

II.  Program Core Courses (12 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at either the lower or upper-division level:

CPSC 4342 Intro to Computer Networks (3)

CPSC 4582 Cryptography & Network Security (3)

IT 3310 IT Project Management (3)

IT 4810 IT Senior Projects and Seminars (3) 

III.  Program General Selective Courses (15 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at upper-division level. Students must take 15 credit hours of general selective courses from  the  following:

CPSC 4205 Computer Organization (3)

CPSC 4335 Operating Systems (3)

CPSC 4570 Windows Systems (3)

CPSC 4580 Information Security (3)

IT 3110 Fundamentals of Info Tech(3)

IT 3210 Introduction to Scripting Languages (3)

IT 4210 Wireless Networking and Security (3) 

IV.  Program Selective Courses (27 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at upper-division level. Students must take 27 credit hours of concentration selective courses from the following. Students may also take courses in different concentrations. 

A.  Operating Systems

CPSC 4535 Introduction to the Unix System (3)

CPSC 4572 Advanced Windows Administration (3)

IT 4455 Securing Operating Systems (3) 

B. Information Security

CPSC 4581 Info Security Policy & Management (3)

CPSC 4583 Laboratory in Information Security (3)

CPSC 4584 Special topics in Information Security (3)

C. Network Infrastructure

IT 4520 Implementing IP Routing (3)

IT 4521 Implementing IP Switching (3)

IT 4522 Main. & Troubleshoot IP Networks (3) 

D. Ethical Hacking

IT 4540 Info Security and Assurance I (3)

IT 4541 Info Security and Assurance II (3) 

E. Digital Forensics

CPSC 4540 Digital Forensics (3)

CPSC 4542 Cont. Issues in Digital Forensics (3) 

F. Virtualization and Cloud Computing

IT 4560 Introduction to Virtualization (3)

IT 4561 Introduction to Cloud Computing (3)

IT 4562 Spec Topics-Virtual. & Cloud Comp (3) 

V.  Electives - (25-29 Hours)

VI. Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Steve Hyzny
Faculty Advisor, University Lecturer