Program Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Steven K. Pontius
Office: Root Hall, room A-146
Web site: http://web.indstate.edu/itmajor
Affiliated Program Coordinators
Nicholas Farha, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics, Computers, and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Dr. Bruce McLaren, Associate Dean, College of Business, and Professor of Management Information Systems
Dr. W. Tad Foster, Professor of Human Resource Development
Dr. Joseph T. Harder, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Dr. William Croft, Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
This major provides students with a real-world, hands-on program that bridges the gap between computer scientists and general users. The Information Technology Program is multidisciplinary and involves the following areas: mathematics and computer science; electronics, computer, and mechanical engineering technology; management information systems; art; geography, geology, and anthropology; and communication. Students majoring in information technology are prepared for entry-level positions such as database administrator, applications developer, programmer analyst, and network administrator.
Students completing the program earn a bachelor of science degree in information technology. Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the University requirement of a minimum of 124 credit hours, which includes Foundational Studies course work, the requirements for the major, and open electives. Transfer students should consult with an advisor to determine how their transfer credit can be applied. Articulation agreements with Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Lakeland College, and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges facilitate the transfer of courses from those institutions.
The Information Technology Program considers advising to be an important part of a student’s academic program. Students work with the program coordinator and advisor until they select a specialization track within the major, at which time the student is assigned a faculty advisor from their area of specialization. Since students who work closely with their advisors are more likely to meet their goals and achieve academic success, all information technology majors are encouraged to maintain good contact with their faculty academic advisor. All students are required to confer with their advisors prior to each semester’s registration, and to participate in assessment reviews. Students are encouraged to explore the various opportunities for financial aid—scholarships, grants, and loans—and to consider co-ops and internships that offer actual experience in their selected major and track. The information technology Web site should be consulted for the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of information technology advisors.