Jun 08, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, BA

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About Information Technology

LR’s Information Technology program strives for academic excellence by offering rigorous courses designed to challenge the qualified and motivated student and to liberate the mind through an emphasis on quantitative and abstract reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, and strong communication skills.

Information Technology is the study of how to build and manage software applications, databases and networks. In this major, students will learn basic programming skills using Visual Basic, Java or C++. Students will also learn how networks function and how encryption and network security can be applied in a real-world context. There are two concentrations including Web Development and Design and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Through the ERP, students can earn a certificate from SAP (Systems, Applications & Products). In addition, students will have the opportunity to study decision support systems, reporting, and analytics, as well as database design and modeling. There are also special topics classes available for electives which students can choose from based upon their own personal interests.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Information Technology majors have a number of opportunities to gain firsthand experience outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internships and mentor opportunities, allowing them to work with and learn from experienced computer science professionals. There are also opportunities to attend conferences which highlight new developments and opportunities in the growing and exciting field of computer science.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete degrees in Information Technology generally have very bright professional futures-if they are prepared to stay current with a fast moving field. As computing and informational technologies continue to expand and evolve, professional opportunities will arise for individuals with expertise in the development and maintenance of computer and database systems. Opportunities exist across a surprisingly diverse array of professions: network administration; systems and database analysis and administration; business and technology data analytics; web and mobile application development; cloud development; software development and technical support; quality assurance and project management-just to name a few. Students who can combine technical skills with the ability to communicate and collaborate, and to think critically and assess analytically will possess a distinctive advantage. LR’s rich integration of professional preparation with a deep grounding in the liberal arts provides an excellent model for professional preparation.

Major Requirements

Students may complete a BA degree with a major in Information Technology, An Information Technology minor is also available, as is a Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning.

NOTE: For students wishing to double-major in Computer Science and Information Technology, required courses for both majors must be satisfied, and at least 15 unique credit hours must be earned in the second major.


Students majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology who are judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Computer Science or Information Technology. To graduate “With Honors is Computer Science or Information Technology” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum major GPA of 3.2. In addition, they must complete twelve credits of honors work in the relevant program (Computer Science or Information Technology), including an acceptable senior project, complete an original thesis to be submitted for approval of the faculty, and pass an oral defense of the research.

Core Curriculum Requirements (55-62 Hours)

The Core Curriculum 

Technical Requirements (7 Hours)

Choose One Concentration

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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