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Information Technology Infrastructure Bachelor's Degree

Julia Nelson

 

A Technology Degree with a Professional Focus

Position yourself for success in this industry-driven bachelor’s degree designed for working adults. Explore real-world problems and solutions through a unique combination of business and IT courses. You'll gain the in-demand technical and professional skills that can set you apart.

You can also specialize your expertise through one of six sub-plans (or choose the self-designed option): 

  • Data Science
  • Data Management
  • Systems
  • Security
  • Development and Operations (DevOps)
  • Networking

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The ITI bachelor and certificate cannot be completed fully online. On-campus attendance is required for some classes.

Requirements and Courses

You'll work with your advisor to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including 89−98 within the major. Consult the course prerequisite guide for suggestions on the best course sequence.

 

 

 

Admission Requirements (20 credits)

You can apply to the program after completing at least 30 transferable college credits. These count toward your 120 credit total. When taken at the University, these courses include:

  • Mathematics (MATH 1042 or 1142 or 1271)*
  • Physics I and Lab (PHYS 1101W or 1301W)**
  • Intro to Computing & Programming Concepts (CSCI 1103 or 1113 or 1133+)
  • Intro to Algorithms and Data Structures (CSCI 1913 or 1933+)
  • Machine Architecture and Organization (CSCI 2021)

Although it is not an admission requirement, you will also need to take First-Year Writing (WRIT 1301 or 1401).

 

Foundation Courses (19–25 credits)

  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1101 or 3402 or 3605W)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 1001 or 3011 or SCO 2550 or EPSY 1261)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050 or APEC 1251)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT 1001 or 3152W or 3562W, or PHYS 1101W or 1301W, or WRIT 3257)
  • Economics (ECON 1101 or 1102 or APEC 1101 or 1102)***
  • C Programming Language & Applications (INET 3101)
  • Web Infrastructure or Discrete Structures of Computer Science (INET 3102 or CSCI 2011+)

+ Required to enroll in CSci courses beyond ITI major requirements
* Fulfills Mathematical Thinking Liberal Education requirement
** Fulfills Physical Science Liberal Education requirement
*** Fulfills Social Science and Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirements

Sub-plans (10–13 credits)

Our sub-plans (or "tracks") prepare students for employment in the most current and in-demand computer technology areas. You can also design your own course of study. Your IT infrastructure advisor will help you determine the option that best fits your career goals.

Each sub-plan requires two track-specific courses and one technical elective from a track other than your own—talk with your advisor to understand your options.

Data Management

This track features hands-on experience with data, starting in relational databases, migrating to NoSQL (big data) concepts, and culminating with building infrastructure to support data management.


Data Science

Learn to use massive amounts of data to ask questions, find patterns and anomalies, and further the research and development of industries outside of IT, such as health care and biological sciences.


DevOps

This track covers the development of applications, as well as the role of code in the building, managing, and monitoring of infrastructure and operating systems and the packages required to run those applications.


Networking

The Networking track develops foundational knowledge of how networks work—everything from theory to physical devices.


Security

The Security track provides foundational knowledge in not just "keeping people out," but also the how and why of security breaches. This specialty examines the tools and mechanisms to track who did what, and covers the exponentially growing challenges of cloud security.


Systems

Stepping from the fundamentals of bare metal computing to cloud, virtualization, and software-defined networking requires a unique focus.


General Education Courses (22–31 credits)

Your 120-credit plan will also include courses that fulfill University of Minnesota Liberal Education requirements (unless you've completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at a MNSCU institution) and Writing Intensive requirements.

While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission.

For more information about these requirements, visit One Stop.

Additional Course Options

These courses can be used in a track or to round out your 120 credits.

INET 3350 Special Topics in IT Infrastructure (1–3 credits)
A deep dive into a different IT topic. Offered as needed.

INET 4596 Internship (1 credit)
An internship provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. If you are already employed, you may be able to create a new project within your current role. Offered every semester.

INET 4193 Directed Study (1–4 credits)
If you have a project in mind that does not involve an employer, you may choose the Directed Study option. A Directed Study is a self-designed research project that will include completion of a paper and a presentation. Offered every semester.

Admission

The IT infrastructure degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. Find out more about how your credits might transfer below.

Fall Semester Application Deadline | Priority: February 1; Final: August 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline | Priority: October 1*; Final: December 1

* All spring applications received on or before October 1 will be considered; however, applications received after October 1 will be considered only as space is available. Strong candidates not admitted in the spring may be placed on a wait list.

Questions about admission? Contact enrollment advisor Willie Wong.

Admission Criteria

  • 30+ transferable premajor credits
  • +2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated interest in IT field

Secondary Review Factors

  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
  • Nonacademic experience in a related field
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Extenuating circumstances

The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's or the University's best interest.

How to Find Out If Your Credits Will Transfer

Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework meets the IT infrastructure program requirements.

Students from Outside the U: Sometimes ITI foundation courses can be taken at another school, including community colleges. Visit the U of M Transfer Credit website and consult the Transferology guides on how to find a replacement course or determine how your completed or in-progress coursework will transfer. (You will need to create a free Transferology account.)

Find out more about transferring to CCAPS.

COVID-19 Information

Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Willie Wong with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

The Office of Undergraduate Education has additional updates for undergraduate students.

The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

Let's Connect!

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Meet Willie Wong

As an undergraduate enrollment advisor, I work with students who are interested in one of our applied undergraduate majors (Construction Management, Health Services Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure). I'm here to answer your questions about admission requirements, the application procedure, and choosing the right courses. My hobbies and interests revolve around sports, both as a participant and spectator. My family and I love to eat and travel.

Give me a call at 612-625-2529, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.