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ITWS Concentration: Economics
(Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

For those entering the program Fall 2011 semester & beyond

Contact Person: John Heim

The B.S. in Information Technology & Web Science with Economics as the concentration prepares students for careers in the intersection of information technology and the global economy.

Graduates with this concentration will be trained in the application of new information technologies to specific economic fields of study such as global economics, regional economics, and environmental/ ecological economies. The widespread availability of techniques such as GIS mapping is beginning to revolutionize economic analysis and has the potential to change the way we view the economic system and the world we live in.

As the information revolution penetrates the classroom, courses will increasingly be taught around local, national, and global databases. Graduates will have a variety of career options ranging from local governments and local development agencies, to worldwide economic development and environmental organizations.

All students begin by taking Introduction to Economics: The Global Economics in the Information Age (first year studies), which provides an introduction to economic theory, and a hands-on, project-based introduction to the economics of the information age.

Required Courses:

Semester I Semester II

ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science

CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

MATH-1010 Calculus I

ECON-1200 Introduction to Economics

CSCI-1200 Data Structures

ITWS-1220 IT and Society

MATH-1520 Mathematical Methods in Management and Economics (1)

HASS Elective (2)

Semester III Semester IV

One of:
- ITWS-2961 Creativity and IT
- ITWS-496X IT for Arts and Performance

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations and ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
- CSCI-2500 Computer Organization

ITWS-2110 Web Systems Development

ECON-2010 Managerial Economics

ITWS-4200 Web Science

ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2660 Computer Arch, Networks and OS
- CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms

ECON Elective

Semester V Semester VI

ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

One of the following two courses:
-ECON-4130 Money and Banking
-ECON-2020 Intermediate Macroeconomics

One of the following two courses:
-ECON-4120 Quantitative Analysis
-ECON-4570 Econometrics

Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

ITWS Elective (one of):
- CSCI-4380 Database Systems
- MGMT-4170 Data Resource Managment

ECON Elective

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

Semester VII Semester VIII

One of: (3)
- ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone (Professional Track)
- ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track)

ECON-4YYY Senior IT-Economics Capstone or similar

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

Economics Elective

Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track Only)

Students must satisfy an 8-credit communication requirement. See your advisor for details.

(1) Select either the three-course ECSE sequence or the two-course CSCI sequence. If the ECSE sequence is chosen, ENGR-2350 will replace one free elective slot. Move ITWS-2961 to Semester VII with a free elective. If the CSCI Sequence is chosen, your math elective in Semester II must be MATH-2800 Introduction to Discrete Structures. Please see your advisor regarding the math course required in Semester II. If a student is planning to apply to the co-terminal MS in IT program, they need to select the CSCI sequence.

(2) See HASS requirements

(3) Co-terminal students would replace ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone with ITWS-4980 Special Projects course which will be the culminating experience.

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