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Completion of the B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science requires a total of 128-130 credit hours, of which 36-38 credits constitute an ITWS Core and 32 credits are devoted to a concentration. The remaining credit hours fulfill Rensselaer degree requirements. The ITWS core requirements establish a solid foundation for applying ITWS to any discipline. The Rensselaer requirements ensure the degree’s breadth and its consistency with long-established Rensselaer traditions. The required concentration provides an opportunity for in-depth study of an ITWS application area. Concentration options include arts, communication and networks, law, management information systems, medicine, psychology, and numerous others. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students may also design their own concentration through the selection of courses that match their individual interests.

The specific requirements for the B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science are illustrated below.  Both a professional and research track are offered for the B.S. in ITWS degree.  For the research track, the capstone course is replaced with a two-semester thesis.

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Web Science degree are shown below.  Only Free Electives and HASS Electives may be taken with the Pass/No Credit option.

ITWS Core Requirements (36 - 40 credits)

1.  ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and
     Web Science

4 credits

2. Select one of the four Technical Tracks based on Concentration
(see table below)

12 credits

3.  ITWS-2110 Web Systems Development

4 credits

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

4 credits

5. One of: **
         ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science
                Capstone (Professional Track)
         ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track – Two
                Semesters)

4 credits

6 credits

7. ITWS-4200 Web Science

4 credits

8. ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

4 credits

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.

Technical Tracks*
(Select technical track based on concentration)

 

Technical Track Courses


 Concentrations

Computer Engineering Track

1. ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations
2. ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
3. ECSE-2660 Computer Architecture, Networking and Operating Systems

Civil Engineering
Computer Hardware
Computer Networking
   (hardware focus)
Mechanical/Aeronautical
    Engineering

Computer Science Track

1. CSCI-2200 Foundations of Computer Science
2. CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms
3. CSCI-2500 Computer Organization

Cognitive Science
Computer Networking
    (software focus)
Information Security
Machine and Computational
    Learning

Information Systems Track

1. CSCI-2200 Foundation of Computer Science
2. CSCI-2500 Computer Organization
3. Four credits from the following:
- CSCI-2220 Programming in Java (2 credits)
- CSCI-2961 Program in Python (2 credits)
- CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms (4 credits)
- ITWS-49XX Web Systems Development II (4 credits)

Arts
Communication
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Management Information
  Systems
Medicine
Pre-law
Psychology
STS

Web Science Track

1. CSCI-2200 Foundations of Computer Science
2. CSCI-2500 Computer Organization
3. One of the following:
- CSCI-49XX Web Systems Development II
- Web/Data Course approved by ITWS Curriculum Committee

Data Science
Science Informatics
Web Technologies

*Pending approval

Math/Science Requirements (24 credits)

1. MATH-1010 Calculus I

4 credits

2. Math Elective

4 credits

3. CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

4 credits

4. CSCI-1200 Data Structures

4 credits

5. Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

4 credits

6. Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

4 credits



Humanities, Arts and Social Science
Requirements (24 credits)

1. ITWS-1220 IT and Society

4 credits

2. ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

4 credits

3. Humanities Elective

4 credits

4. Social Science Elective

4 credits

5. HASS Elective

4 credits

6. HASS Elective

4 credits


HASS Requirements

All students working toward a B.S. degree are required to take a selection of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science courses that is referred to as the HASS core. It consists of 24 credit hours or six courses distributed in such a way as to afford students a breadth of perspective across the various disciplines as well as a more in-depth experience in at least one area.  Distribution Requirements - To ensure that students have breadth in their core courses, students must select at least two courses (8 credit hours) from humanities and two courses (8 credit hours) of social sciences.  HASS interdisciplinary courses (IHSS) may be substituted for courses in either category.  To ensure that students have some depth in their HASS core, students must take at least two courses within a single area prefix (STSH and STSS can be counted as a single area), at least one of which is taken at an advanced level (above 1000). No course within the depth sequence may be taken as Pass/No Credit.  No more than three 1000-level HASS courses may be applied toward the HASS core requirement, no more than 6 credits may be taken as Pass/No credit and at least one course (4 credits) must be at the 4000 level.

NOTE:  For ITWS students ITWS-1220 IT and Society (Social Science) and ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction (Humanities) are counted towards your HASS requirements.  No other ITWS core courses or concentration courses can be counted towards your HASS core requirements.

Suggested 2000/4000 HASS Courses for ITWS Students
ARTS-2540     The Multimedia Century
COMM-4180  Studio Design in HCI
COMM-4400  Cross-Cultural Media
COMM-4470  Information Design
COMM-4560  Media and Popular Culture
COMM-4710  Communication Design for the WWW
COMM-4770  User-Centered Design
ECON-4110    Economic Analysis of Technological Change
ECON-4140    Structure of Industry: Competition, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Policy
ECON-4230    Environmental Economics
PSYC-2220     Human Factors in Design
STSH-4210     Engineering Ethics
STSH-4510     History of American Technology
STSS-2210      Design, Culture and Society
STSS-4350      Politics of Design

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

Free Elective Requirements (8-12 credits)

1. Free Elective

4 credits

2. Free Elective

4 credits

3. Free Elective

4 credits


Student-Selected Concentration (32 credits)

1. Concentration Course

4 credits

2. Concentration Course

4 credits

3.Concentration Course

4 credits

4. Concentration Course

4 credits

5. Concentration Course

4 credits

6. Concentration Course

4 credits

7. Concentration Elective

4 credits

8. Concentration Capstone/Course

4 credits

The student selects a concentration from a list of available concentrations (see below).  Each concentration prescribes the courses that it requires.  Alternatively, a student may choose his or her own courses with faculty advisement to fulfill concentration requirements and explore a special interest.

Arts
Civil Engineering
Cognative Science
Communication
Computer Hardware
Computer Networking
Data Science
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Information Security

Machine and Computational Learning
Management Information Systems
Mechanical / Aeronautical Engineering
Medicine
Pre-Law
Psychology
Science and Technology Studies: Information and Society
Science Informatics
Web Technologies

Additional curriculum information can be found in the downloadable curriculum docuements below.
Fall 2014 For students who entered the program in the Fall 2014 semester.
Fall 2013 For students who entered the program in the Fall 2013 semester.
Fall 2012 For students who entered the program in the Fall 2012 semester.
Fall 2011
For students who entered the program in the Fall 2011 semester.
Fall 2010 For students who entered the program in the Fall 2010 semester.
Fall 2009 For students who entered the program in the Fall 2009 semester.

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