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ITWS Concentration: Entrepreneurship

For those entering the program Fall 2011 semester & beyond

Contact Person: Frank Wright

In combination with the Information Technology & Web Science core, the Entrepreneurship concentration leads to a multidisciplinary degree with a special emphasis on technological entrepreneurship in the information technology field.

This concentration focuses on the process of discovering, creating and turning information technology-based opportunities into new products in existing organizations and new ventures.

The Entrepreneurship concentration curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and practical field experience at the intersection of information technology and entrepreneurship. It emphasizes recognizing new product and/or new venture opportunities; creating business plans to bring them into existence, and managing the launch, growth and harvest of information technology-based opportunities.

Students interested in the following career possibilities should pursue an Entrepreneurship concentration: new product development and/or corporate venturing in larger, entrepreneurial businesses; multidisciplinary opportunities in newer, high potential ventures; and direct participation in the creation of a new, information technology-based venture.

Required Courses:

Semester I Semester II

ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science

CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

MATH-1010 Calculus I

MGMT-1100 Introduction to Management

CSCI-1200 Data Structures

ITWS-1220 IT and Society

MGMT-2300 Fundamentals of Accounting for Decision Making

Math Elective (1)

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

HASS Elective (2)

ITWS-4200 Web Science

ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

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

MGMT-2320 Managerial Finance

Semester V Semester VI

ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

MGMT-4510 Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

Free Elective

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

One of:
- MGMT-4850 Organizational Behavior in High Performance Organizations
- MGMT-4860 Human Resources in High Performance Organizations

HASS Elective (2)

Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

Semester VII Semester VIII

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

MGMT-4520 Intro Technological Entrepreneurship

MGMT-4430 Marketing Principles

HASS Elective (2)

MGMT-4530 Starting Up a New Venture

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

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 the HASS Elective to a semester with a free elective. If the CSCI Sequence is chosen, your math elective in Semester II must be MATH-2800 Introduction to Discrete Structures. 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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